Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Return of the Carnaby's black cockatoos..



I've been expecting it! Since the bottle-brush tree in my front garden burst into full bloom last week I've been waiting for the annual arrival of the Carnaby's black cockatoos. I heard the flock from some distance away giving me time to grab my camera just before they descended en mass on the tree, you can hear what that sounded like here, have a listen.. an astoundingly loud and distinctive call. The cockatoos with grey around the eyes are female and ironically the pink rimmed eyes belong to the males :) As is our way we are systematically destroying their natural habitat thus putting them on the endangered list.. the annual 'great cocky count', designed to provide accurate data on the numbers and distribution is the largest single survey of black cockatoos in WA. So you see providing them with a decent meal now and then is the least I can do :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe...  


35 comments:

  1. You lucky thing! All I get is squabbling Starlings at the two feeders. It's no fair!
    Lovely pics.

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  2. Fantastic photos, Grace! They are beautiful birds...I've not seen one before. Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Splendid birds. I wish we had something like that over here.

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  4. Beautiful birds they are. They sound good too. Your photos are fantastic and its good you heard them coming and were ready.

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  5. I haven't seen these beautiful birds before, how wonderful. Your photos are excellent!

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  6. They are wonderful, Grace! What a sound that is with the large flock going all at once!

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    1. I commented the wrong post...it was for the steel art! Opss...but also these cockatoos are art of nature, or not?

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  8. What pretty birds they are! Thanks for sharing these Grace :)

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  9. I like the cocky peeking over the bushes. We don't get that particular breed on the east coast, but plenty of others.. We do have fantastic birds don't we!

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  10. Once again I am overwhelmed with awe at these beauties flying around freely in your part of the world. What a treat to see (and feed) such wonderful creatures.

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  11. Great photos and I noticed that they aren't actually black

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  12. Wow! You knocked me into a cocked hat! What a magic land you live in!

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  13. Beautiful birds! Nothing nearly as beautiful in the USA.

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  14. They are absolutely wonderful Grace! I am so jealous. I love the way they almost look like they are smiling!

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  15. my what handsome birds they are and you captured their beauty splendidly.

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  17. I can imagine that a flock of them can create quite a racket.

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  18. Well Done Capturing The Personality Of This Feathered Friend.


    Cheers

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  19. So your café is open again, Grace :-)
    Beautiful birds.
    Reminds of Ingo who didn´t mind the backpack I bought him is azur-pink (was the last one, no choice possible).

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  20. Uma bela sequência de fotografias com umas cores fantásticas.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  21. So nice you have those black cockatoos in your garden, beautiful photos of them. I listened to their sound, very special!

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  22. how cute are they?! they look like they are smiling!

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  23. So pretty Grace, I don't them these in my area.

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  24. Lucky you with a fantastic tree and birds like these in your garden.

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  25. Oh Grace ... what an absolutely fabulous collection of photo's.
    The tree, the birds and the blue sky - a winning combination.

    All the best Jan

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  26. Oh, how I envy this aspect of your environment! Not only do you get terrific photos to share with us, but you must derive tremendous pleasure from these birds.

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  27. Nice of the birds to show up again.

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