Lady Black Cockatoos

[5 images, click to enlarge] – Perhaps they are starting to trust me? After living here for over 25 years, I’ve never had so many close encounters with Black Cockatoos! One of my favourite birds, they would always fly off on approach but for some reason, in the last half of 2021, they’ve let me get quite close several times now, resulting in some nice, intimate shots.

Female Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo in a Wattle tree.
It’s not often you see a Black Cockatoo with this much yellow.
The beautiful yellow tail spread out for flight.

These images were taken with the Olympus EM1 Mark II and 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II lens (300mm full frame equivalent), edited from RAW files allowing greater dynamic range to enhance detail in their remarkable plumage.

15 thoughts on “Lady Black Cockatoos

  1. Lovely photos and an interesting bird, with those big feathers overlain on its sides. I have noticed that semi-wildlife has become tamer, and I think it might be due to COVID that has slowed the pace of life down. It bodes well for when the world learns better and slows down by desire rather than by being hounded by a virus

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    1. Thanks David. The wallabies around here are certainly tamer, I think that is because no one hunts them in the area anymore they have been brought up with no fear. Their biggest predator now is the automobile 🚗

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  2. Gorgeous Cockatoo. I love birds. We have a Gold Cap Conure who’s 30 years old. He’s way past is normal lifespan. We have 15 year old African Grey.

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    1. Thanks Tim, I had to look up the Conure, lovely firey head! These larger black cockatoos and the Sulphur Crested White Cockatoo can live around 60 years in captivity. It’s great to see them flying about here wild pretty frequently.

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    1. Thanks Anneli, I haven’t had the same luck with my new birdbath! I’ve seen birds in it but every time I have the camera out …. No no no, shy little things don’t want their picture taken 😦

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