Tuesday, 5 July 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

I was not planning to put these pictures up this week – but I saw a flock of about 60of these birds on the way to work. A really splendid way to start the day. These birds have a wing span of over a metre and have a weird and far carrying voice. They are are one of the few birds here that can tear pine cones apart. So you often find them in these trees.

Of all the birds I hear, these are the ones that always make me stop and look. A saw a small flock of them only four days after I arrived in Australia, and I have sort of adopted them as my favourite bird.





You can find heaps more splendid birds here at World Bird Wednesday.



You can also see the most recent post on my other blog by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention button on the RHS of this page.

18 comments:

Martha Z said...

Those beaks to look like they could tare into almost anything.

texwisgirl said...

neat birds! i'd stop and look too! i like their dark coloration.

texwisgirl said...

p.s. you need to add a tab to this blog leading folks to your other blog (like you do on the other one...)

Andrew said...

Beautiful captures...

Gary said...

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

eileeninmd said...

Neat birds, great sighting and photos.

Sondra said...

OH SUPER birds!!

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful capture! :)

holdingmoments said...

Must be quite a sight to see so many.

Stewart M said...

@Holdingmiments - In another example I what a geek I really am, I pulled over to watch the flock. Used the old bins I stash under the driver seat for ornithological emergencies!

This was in the middle of peak hour, in a shopping strip! I think a number of people thought I was made – but you are right – the birds made a fantastic sight!

Cheers – Stewart M

Hilke Breder said...

Fascinating birds! I love the flight shots!

Springman said...

Mr.Stewart, Love those flight shots! Yellow tailed black cockatoo...Man that's a mouthful!

Modesto Viegas said...

Good captures!

BirdingMaine said...

What an awesome bird. Great captures Stewart!

bailey-road.com said...

What fabulous-looking birds!

mick said...

I agree they look splendid, Stewart, but you wouldn't like them if you had a pine tree in your yard. They are even more destructive than Sulphur crested Cockies. Where I used to live I had to rake the broken branches and bits of cones up before I could mow the grass!

Fotokarusellen said...

A beautiful set of images. Love the action pictures. Wonderful work.

Larry said...

Great post Stewart. Love the shots of the flock. I had to laugh reading your comment about pulling over to watch them. I do that kind of stuff all the time and have people stopping to ask if I need assistance. Then they see that I am looking through bins at the birds. That's why I created the "I Brake For Birds" bumper sticker ;-)