31 July 2013

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo










mesmerized by the warmth of the early morning sunshine

 Various parrots check out this potential nesting spot where decayed limbs had been hard-pruned some years back by local council management staff on a cherry-picker

stepping back from the tree, there are at least seven cockatoos up there


All but the tree image were taken at 1200mm, hand-held.  

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

35 comments:

mick said...

Great photos of the white cockies. They look beautiful up in the trees. It's just when they come down into my garden that there behavior is atrocious!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Your photos make us dream ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Gary said...

Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Gordon said...

These birds are so cute, you just want to cuddle them.
Take care Gordon.

NatureFootstep said...

a very beautiful couple. :) Great shots.1200mm lens and handhold. How is that possible?

Chris Rohrer said...

What I wouldn't do to see these beauties in the wild! Wonderful photos and thank you for sharing them :-) such different wildlife from what we see around here.

TexWisGirl said...

wow! amazing birds to see in the wild!

Margaret Adamson said...

Great shots but they make a lot of noise.

Dianne said...

Oh! aren't they pretty boys ..... you've managed to keep a steady hand Carole .... lovely Australiana captures.

Brian King said...

A very regal looking bird! Quite proud of himself, I think. :-)

eileeninmd said...

I love your Cockatoo. Beautiful series of photos, Carole!

Carole M. said...

Gordon: you wouldn't want to cuddle these ones, I think that beak is kind of vice-like. Naturefootstep: I would've been braced up against the arbour posts near the back fence to stabilize myself first. Definately have to have some strategies in place to make it work at that distance

Karen said...

Top shots Carole!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the bird.

Jeanne said...

I will never get over the wonder of seeing these gorgeous birds out in the wild. Wonderful shots carole

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Carole,
Great to see these birds in the wild
Here they are only in the zoo.
You've captured perfectly, my compliments.

Stewart M said...

Great shots! No need to ask what kind of noise these make!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: I added another image to the WBW - I forgot last night!

diane b said...

You must have a steady hand. The shots are great as always. The birds are beautiful but what a screech they make.

Huldra said...

Beautiful! They look som sweet and proud. Thank you for sharing :)

Kusum Sanu said...

Great shots! I have seen this bird in open for the first time!

Mathilda said...

Ganz zaubergafte Fotos von einem sehr schönen Vogel.

LG Mathilda ♥

Lisa Gordon said...

Such handsome creatures they are, Carole!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful shots of these gorgeous birds!

grammie g said...

Hi Carole... I know these are a regular bird's in your part of the world, but to me they are just gorgeous,and amazing something I would only see in a cage here : (
Wonderful post I enjoyed seeing the antic's !! : )
Grace

Liz Needle said...

A great series of photos. Love these birds, but they are so noisy. We get flocks of them in our trees and they are deafening.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I echo the words of NatureFootstep.

Montanagirl said...

I love their "spikey" yellow hairdo's.

i stora drag said...

How nice to see these birds out in the free world! Here they can't live outside, only inside in cages!
Lovely photos, Carole M!
Greetings Pia

Joop Zand said...

Hi Carole

ill be back and see a lot of wonderful pictures on your blog...... i love these birds and the light.

greetings, Joop

Helma said...

Even the cockatoos live with you in freedom.
I see these parrots only to people at home or in a cage in a zoo. It seemed amazing to see flying around. These birds in the wild

Andrew Fulton said...

Beautiful birds to see Carole... I am so jealous that you have these as wild birds.

Red Nomad OZ said...

From where I sit I can hear those 'Chainsaws of the Sky' right now!!! They're beautiful ... but SO destructive!

Annula Fotografie said...

I think I'm for the first time to respond to you blog so everything is new!!

This series is super nice and I love it so that's enjoy for me!
thanks for that!
I hear good look at your beautiful pictures!!
grt,
Annie
http://anniezon.blogspot.nl/

Wally Jones said...

Superb photos of these beautiful birds, Carole!
Hard to imagine them in the wild, although my recent experience with a few hundred "wild" parakeets gives me an idea. :)

Liz said...

Cheeky and quite destructive birds but I do love them!! Awesome shots. Carole! I do wish I had a steady hand and the zoom you have!! 1200mm is incredible!!