Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Quite cheeky and comical birds to watch, I was delighted to get it showing its crest open. This cocky had been watching me as I put out feed for the rosellas and thought it would join in for a period of time before taking off. And, as you’ll see in the third shot, it even let me get quite close.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

The antics of the Cockatoo

Late yesterday afternoon we had a storm sweeping in – thunder, some lightening, lots of rain and some wind.  The cockatoos had decided to settle in our oak and liquidamber trees and were making quite a racket as the rain got heavier. I stood underneath our verandah to watch them and their silly antics. One came in for a landing and crashed into the branch before righting himself – as you’ll see in the first few images of this collage I put together. Another struggled to stay upright on a thin branch to get the nut he wanted near the top.  They were hilarious to watch.

The antics of cockatoos in rain storms

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

I took my daughter and grandson to Grant’s picnic ground in Kallista. One of my favourite places to go. There’s always lots of birdlife there that’s not afraid of the number of people hanging around. In fact, they expect to be fed! This kookaburra was on a tree close to the deck at the back of the cafe where we were sitting, making it a perfect subject for my camera.

21-365 Australian Laughing Kookaburra

This King Parrot sat in a tree just observing everything below it.

Australian King Parrot

And this cheeky Cockatoo had snatched a bag of seed from an unsuspecting tourist and flew up to the nearest tree to enjoy its spoils.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Grant's Picnic Ground

This Cockatoo on the entry sign to the park with a Crimson Rosella in the background.

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At Ferntree Gully Park, near the 1,000 Steps we heard the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos constantly screeching.  Above us this one stopped long enough for me to get a good look.

The 1,000 Steps is connected to the Kokoda Trail and has memorial plaques and stones along the pathway and information on how difficult the Kokoda Trail is to trek.