Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos

Posted Sun, Feb 1 2009 13:34 by bill

 

I’ve been wanting to get some photos of these magnificent birds for some time now.  I think the recent heat wave made them less likely to fly off. These guys come and eat/shred the dead protea flowers, which really does me a great service. I don’t need to prune the plants and they make fantastic mulch for them .

This is the male:

He seemed to be standing watch while the female was busy eating/shredding. The female doesn’t have the pink/red ring around the eye, and the beak is a gray instead of black:

 

As I got closer the male let out a warning cry (mp3 from Birds in Backyards):

 

Magnificent birds to watch fly. Huge, with a seemingly slow wing beat, yet I’ve seen them dart through the trees in the forest at incredible speeds.

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