The Cockies Are Back!

Australia is famous for it’s Cockatoos, they come in all sizes and colours (but mostly large and white!) 😉 The Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo though is one of my favourites and is a ‘local’ to the South West part of my state. This time a small group of 5 individuals landed in my next door but one neighbours’ large Jacaranda tree giving me a perfect opportunity to catch them as they sunned and preened themselves.  🙂

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lovewillbringustogether - Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo14This wise old male with his fine crest keeps a sharp eye out for any sign of danger to his small group who call to each other in single, loud squawks while feeding.

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lovewillbringustogether - Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo13

This male is contorting himself a bit to keep his fine red tailfeathers in peak condition.

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This female is the matriarch of the group. She has an as impressive crest as the male, but her tailfeathers are paler, more in the orange range. She carries similar striping on her chest while the male is almost pure black.

 

love.

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7 comments

  1. Thank you! 🙂

    In my part of Australia these guys are actually a more common sight than their more famous (and generally more prevalent) white cousins. We also get a few Pink and Grey Galahs, another type of cockatoo. 🙂

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