Tuesday, 19 July 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos are a common but rather spectacular bird. They can also be a real problem, especially if they start eating parts of your house! (I’m not making this up!)

However, as you can see they are not really very difficult to look at. They are noisy, bright, clever and very, very watchable.



These birds are feeding on split and germinated seeds around a horse feeding area on Magnetic Island in Queensland. Flocks of these birds formed an important part of the soundscape during the day, often flying over in crazed noisy flocks.


More birds from Magnetic to follow!

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16 comments:

Sivinden said...

I agree, those birds look really spectacular!

texwisgirl said...

these birds fetch a pretty penny in the States as pets. I'd much rather see them in the wild, stealing seeds and eating plants. :)

Andrew said...

Beautiful to see in the wild Stewart

eileeninmd said...

How cool, to see so many. They are so pretty. Wonderful captures and sighting.

Arija said...

What did you do to have them put their crests up? They are great fun birds except when they strip a tree of its leaves or demolish the woodwork on your house.

They are great to watch away from home. I tend to be wary when a flock descends on the farm.

Stewart M said...

Hi Arija - I think the birds had their crests up because they were on the verge of flying away. At that point I stopped moving and the birds stayed where there were. Having said that, these birds did seem to be the "bravest" of a flock of about 20 - most of which had already flown off into a tree out of picture.

I understand what you mean about the damage they can do - but I still like seeing them!

Cheers Stewart M

Gary said...

Great shots of great looking birds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

joo said...

Oh, they are lovely!

Hilke Breder said...

Looks like a cockatoo convention - great images!

missing moments said...

Discovered you today on World Bird Wednesday and enjoyed your blog ... new follower!

Jenny Woolf said...

Those cockatoos are so decorative in a group!

Springman said...

Awesome birds Stewart, but then I'm a sucker for cockatoos. I don't know if your description of their rough behavior has influenced my impression but these birds could be the pattern for early 80's punk rockers with bleached out Mohawks!

Sondra said...

Stunning birds!! I would really enjoy seeing these in my area!!!

bailey-road.com said...

Really beautiful birds! I didn't know they could do so much damage.

Nicole said...

Those are fascinating bird! I only know them caged as pets.
It must be wonderful to see them in the wild!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Lol) good to know that! I/we plan to pick up another feathered friend..these are great! (Probably best to keep the house in tact..how funny-