10 October 2012

Glossy Black Cockatoo

An endangered species in Australia, we came across a trio of these wonderful cockatoos in the Gilgandra Flora Reserve. Great pick-up by my friend; well-done Marianne!  Especially so, since they were perched high in the trees, and well-hidden behind dense foliages.

Knowing our presence!  We were the only people at the reserve



That any of my succession of photographs-in-a-hurry before they fly away should turn out something, was a bonus.  It was at that moment when I wanted for a better viewpoint, and stepped back on some crackling dry undergrowth, that ...

sent them flying

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

23 comments:

Findlay Wilde said...

That flash of red looks amazing. From Findlay

TexWisGirl said...

wow! that red tail-underside is awesome! glad you got to catch a rarity for us!

Adam Jones said...

Great shots Carole. Nice to see a rarity.

i stora drag said...

You have so extraordinary birds "down-under" that I've never seen before, and problably not will be able to either! Lovely photos!

Thanks for your kind comment!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

Gary said...

Great shot,especially that flash of red. Got into your site by using your URL,and not the meme site. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrea said...

I would never have imagined a Black Cockatoo and yet there they are ... so beautiful. You certainly were in luck that day and nice to have a friend who spots things you might have missed. I have a friend who does that for me all of the time. I am thrilled to see this bird even if it is second hand. Thank you for sharing this wonderful adventure.

Andrea @ From The Sol

eileeninmd said...

Wow,it is a cool looking bird. Great sighting, sad to hear it is endangered though. Wonderful photos.

Debbie said...

gorgeous!! it's the picture in your memory that counts most!!

and the thrill of that moment!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Incredible. The redness in the wing during 'take off' is stunning, a great beautiful contrast.

EG CameraGirl said...

Glad you were able to make a few good shots before they vanisheg!

mick said...

Great sightings and photos of the cockatoos.

Connie Smiley said...

So beautiful! Glad you caught that amazing color on the wings.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great captures of this endangered bird. He's a beauty. Love the red on the tail feathers as he flies away.

Brian King said...

Awesome looking birds! I actually like the dark plumage. Very cool beaks, too!

Jan Castle said...

Thanks Carole...I'd never heard of or seen a black one...very pretty. Glad you got some shots of them!
Jan

Phil said...

I'd never heard of a black cockatoo but there it is - both glossy and black as a bonus. Nice shots Carole.

Jean said...

New bird for me also. Super photos. Praying that they survive.

Liz said...

What a find, carole!! How wonderful!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow, how incredible, and such beauties too

Stewart M said...

Great bird and pictures!

We get the Yellow Tailed Cockatoos over (and around) our house at times - they are wonderful birds.

Thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M – Australia

Judy said...

Gorgeous!! I got a glimpse of black cockatoos on a TV show a few years ago, but I can get a much better look from these photos!! Thank you!! I love that red tail!!!

Neil said...

Great to see the Glossy Black Cockatoo hope to be able to get photos of them one day.

Sharyl said...

I so admire your ability to capture these great wild birds on camera, Carole! Delightful, as always!