Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 68 - Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

If the truth be told, this post should really be called "Rather Acclimated Bird Wednesday" - but that does lack a certain rhythm.

Why I say that is because this weeks bird was a regular at a rather good riverside cafe during our trip to Lorne.  As you can see from the pictures, this bird was at home on a fence rail as it was in the tree tops.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are not always welcome guests around human habitation as they have a serious tendency to eat your house!  I know of no nutrient that can only be gained from treated timber and gutters, but it seems essential to some of these birds!

For all their destructive tendencies, I always like watching them.  Like most parrots they are intelligent, "talkative", active birds.  This one kept a very keen eye on our plates, but unlike some birds in similar places it was polite enough to wait until we were leaving before it investigated our table.

For all that this may not be a truly wild bird, watching them around a cafe is infinitely preferable to seeing them bored and caged in pet shops.  (I think I may have expressed an opinion there!)

I have to say that the bird looks rather pleased with itself in the picture after the yawn!






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53 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

so very cute! and i thought woodpeckers rat-a-tat-tatting on our house was bad... :)

thanks for hosting, stewart!

Kerri Farley said...

He is a beauty!! and i LOVE that feather curl on his head!!

Timur said...

Hi...

very nice photos !! My favorite is the last one ... absolutely brillant !!

Best regards

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice portrait!

Sylvia K said...

He is a handsome fellow! Great shots, as always, Stewart! Hope your week is going well!!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful bird.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

A wonderful looking bird but I don't think I'd want one for a pet.

Revrunner said...

Fascinating!

Sharon Wagner said...

I can't wait to live in a place where i see parrots on a regular basis. But when I do it will be inevitable I'll get annoyed with them. They can be super loud. And hungry for house I guess. Geez.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Beautiful shots of the bird. It's weird to think of them as being wild which they are over there. Here in America, cockatoos are only breeded pets. It must be pretty cool to see them out flying around, even if they are trying to steal your lunch.

Carletta said...

You captured some handsome photos of this guy!
Like Theresa I have woodpeckers grabbing bugs on my house and have to shoo them away. I definitely wouldn't want this guy chomping down for dinner. :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty...the sunlight makes this bird exceptionally pretty Stewart

Findlay Wilde said...

He looks really good fun. I'd share my lunch. From Findlay

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

He is beautiful and you certainly captured his lively personality. I love his little yellow crest. Gorgeous set!

Chris Rohrer said...

I've actually met this bird in person and I love the curiosity and intelligence! Great shots and one beautiful bird.

HansHB said...

Awesome serie! Lovely bird! Is this the same as "Baretta" had?

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart Great shots of this SC Cockatoo. They are so white and I love to see their crest's up. Will put my bird on tomorrow(my Wedneday)

Karen said...

He sure posed nicely Stewart! He's a handsome guy. Thanks for hosting.

Nette Cecilia said...

Vey nice portrait ,handsome bird .Funny to know that it eats houses .Nette

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Well, they are much prettier than the black vultures around here who eat cars! (In the Everglades, there are signs warning you that you may wake up from a nap to find all the seals on your car or RV doors gone).

mick said...

I agree that they are very smart birds and fun to watch - but I much prefer watching them tear up things in my neighbor's yard and not mine!!

stiefbeen said...

Hij is wel heel mooi Stewart wat een prachtige kuif.

Montanagirl said...

Super photos of him! I love his snowy white feathers.

Amanda said...

I like 'em! I think they are impressive.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome bird and photos, Stewart. It is so nice to see this bird out of a cage, in the wild where they belong. Thanks for hosting, have a great week!

Brian King said...

Very pretty! It almost looks like he's smiling! Nice photos!

Andrea said...

He is indeed a handsome character ... and undoubtedly taken with himself.
I can't imagine a parrot eating a house. I have never heard of such a thing and it does make me wonder what the attraction would be. I do know that they need to chew on hard things to keep their beaks from growing or keep them sharp or however it is they need to keep them ... but do they actually eat the wood? What about splinters ... oh, I don't even want to think about it. Fun post, Stewart. And I couldn't agree with you more ... they are much happier in the wild than in a cage.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Faye said...

Very comical and animated guy. Must realize that he's playing for his supper. Was he working alone?

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I want to have this bird...it is perfectly lovely and so white...like his hairdo. cheers.

Pallavi said...

Such a handsome bird :) It looks very proud to be posing for you. I agree, its indeed nicer to see birds out in the open rather than being caged in pet shops.

Thanks for sharing :)

Pat Tillett said...

It is amazing that these birds fly free there. Really good photos Stewart. This guy is pretty cute!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The cockatoo is a grand but raucous bird. A flock screeching in flight can be ear-splitting. Great photos.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely pictures... first and second pictures are very beautiful...

Andrew Fulton said...

A beautiful bird to see...

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a gorgeous bird! I agree that it's nicer to see them in the wild than in cages.

Our photos said...

The bird is beautiful!
Greetings, RW & SK

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow they are beautiful, but oh my, how do you shoo them away from eating on a home...we have Woodpeckers and Squirrels that do that kind of damage around here~

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Beautiful and adaptive bird, quite a delight to see.

Nick V. said...

They are a striking bird! Thanks for hosting, Stewart.

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

Nice bird. His light colors are just such happy ones. It really brightened up my morning.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Destructive as they may be, they're absolutely beautiful.

babsjeheron said...

All gorgeous photos, and nobody would quibble over wild vs acclimated in this instance! Lovely bird.

Small City Scenes said...

What a fun bird to watch. I suppose all parrots would be fun to watch. You have so many colorful birds oout your way. MB

amanda | wildly simple said...

House-eating birds!! Now that is something!
Awesome photos, it's a very interesting parrot.

grammie g said...

Hi Stewart....He looks like it could be a real ham ; ))!!
Gorgeous birds, with bad habits!!

Grace

bailey-road.com said...

He is certainly beautiful! Wonderful photos, Stewart.

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Dave said...

Stunning species, lovely images Stewart

Phil Slade said...

Well I wouldn't mind watching those all day long Stewart. Preferable to Starlings i suppose but then Starlings don't eat you out of house and home. Lovely clear and precise shots you took.

DIMI said...

Exellent shots Stewart!!!A great Australian bird!!!!
Dimi...

Joop Zand said...

Very good photo's Stewart.....specially that first and last one.

Greetings from Holland, Joop

Wally Jones said...

I had no idea this species could be so destructive, Stewart!

They certainly are beautiful. Great shots of your mealtime guest!

Wally Jones said...

I had no idea this species could be so destructive, Stewart!

They certainly are beautiful. Great shots of your mealtime guest!