16 comments on “Meet the Family – The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

  1. Hello Ash,
    I wanted to catch up on one more blog article before calling it a day. I can of course relate and understand the initial disappointment for not having quite the birding day as hoped for, especially when traveling such a long distance! But I am very happy you were blessed with the views of the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, and were then able to enjoy the “now” and how you are surrounded by beautiful nature in your beautiful country 🙂 The reminder to be thankful for what we have (including the journey) and keep a healthy perspective is much appreciated and much needed, especially during these ongoing challenges.

    I hope to catch up on more of your posts over the next few days!

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    • Thanks Takami, yes it was a good reminder to me personally, and to see this family of Cockies was a blessing, as I have not seen many this year as I normally do. We do hope you are able to get out birding when you can, despite the Covid and work demands.

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  2. Those cockatoos certainly have a unique call that all we birdlovers love to hear! I can’t help but rush outside or go to a window when I hear them flying over my house, they are just wonderful to watch as they fly by, usually as if they are just cruising through the neighbourhood. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes we both know the excitement of that unique call of theirs and the delight of watching the squadron fly over, it is even more exciting to see them feeding and get close. Enjoy your weekend my friend 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, the tail fanned is the great feature to capture, but is only when they land or manoeuvre that you see it, most only see the closed tail when they fly over. Their call excites us as it does most birders as it is a bird we all love to see.

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    • Thanks Deborah, yes many people all over the world have our wild birds from the Parrot family in cages as pets. The early English settlers found a lucrative trade in netting and sending Budgies, Parrots and Cockatoos as pets as they are colorful and have so much character, but mainly because they can be trained to talk, which is an important skill for these birds in the wild when in flock, which I explain in my new book. It is always exciting to see these birds they always get birders on the run when they hear that unique call. To get open tail shots is always the cream of seeing this bird and many never get to catch it. Sometimes the only way you know they are in the trees is to hear falling remnants of seed cones as they feed silently high in the native Casuarina trees, well hidden by theur colour.

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  3. What a heart warming story Ashley,
    They are such characters. The young ones calling always seem to not know if they are begging or just calling because they can.
    We don’t have them as regulars. They seem to come and go on some seasonal thing, at the present they are in good numbers, but that is after about three years of absence.

    You’re right about that amazing tail. Just seeing them is one thing managing to be in the right place for the tail to show in the rich sunshine is quite another.

    That rattling call is always enough to make me head through the bush.

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    • Thanks David, yes the yellow=tails come down to the coast in cooler months in search of seed cones but breed in the mountains in summer. I see them often at any time of year in the Nasho as it has mountains around it, there is a huge flock there but we never get a good look at them as they stay over in the valley, but we happen upon them feeding at times because unlike the predictable Sulphur-cresteds they are not as territorial and can turn up anywhere. We have young Noisy Miners that make that repetitive sound all day here at home each day when they bring it to feed, I can’t wait for them to take it away sometimes. Yes the tail shots are cream of this birds photogenically, and usually only seen when they are landing or maneuvering, as most flyovers are non revealing. Thankfully I know where to look locally at present, but as you said they have not been easy to find since the big smoke of the fires, and are starting to turn up again unexpectedly. They always get birders on the run when they hear that unique call. My problem with the shots from this episode was the variation in shade and bright sunlight, which spoilt the final shot some. I hope #kneetoo is improving and pain and swelling reducing. Enjoy the rest of the week while the weather is so good.

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  4. Great post! That is a long trek looking for birds, and that looks like a cool bird 😎 I appreciate that you included the bird sounds. And yes indeed! No matter what, be grateful for what we have. When you change your perspective everything looks different! 😊

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    • Thanks Lisa for your welcome comment, these large birds are quite impressive to see in flight, and birders get quite excited just to hear their unique call. You are so right about our perspective and how it changes our perception of now and what we are experiencing. Thanks so much for sharing and enjoy the rest of the week 🙂

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  5. What an amazing bird, I have not heard of this one. Here one can only see a cockatoo bird if they are in a cage. Amazing to see them flying free. I so agree with you on everything we have is a gift, even the land I live on, I don’t technically own it. I am just taking care of it for our creator. Makes one appreciate everything even more.😊

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    • Thanks Sandra, yes many people all over the world have our wild birds from the Parrot family in cages as pets. The early English settlers found a lucrative trade in netting and sending Budgies, Parrots and Cockatoos as pets as they are colorful and have so much character, but mainly because they can be trained to talk, which is an important skill for these birds in the wild when in flock, which I explain in my new book. These birds are normally found in large flocks but break off into family groups when breeding. Enjoy the rest of your week my friend 🙂

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