Birds at the RBG #4: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

These are just a few members of a large flock of cockatoos feeding under heavy tree cover next to the boundary fence. Beyond the fence is the main road.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

 

Some of the birds are tagged like this. Both wings are tagged, which I suppose provides balance and doesn’t interfere too much with flight. Damned ugly, though.

 

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) with dock plant (Rumex sp.)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) with dock plant (Rumex sp.)

 

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) with feral pigeon (Columba livia domestica)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) with feral pigeon (Columba livia domestica)

 

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

 

A Sulphur-crested cockatoo prepares for flight

A Sulphur-crested cockatoo prepares for flight

A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) peers out of its nest hole in a sculpture

Peekaboo: a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) peers out of a nest-hole located in a convenient sculpture

 

Do birds yawn?

Do birds yawn?

 

Pied currawong (Strepera graculina)

Pied currawong (Strepera graculina)

The Pied currawong (Strepera graculina) has a lovely song and appears (on this occasion at least) to prefer being under cover, which makes photography somewhat difficult.

Pied currawong (Strepera graculina)

Pied currawong (Strepera graculina)

And because this is the final post in the 2014 RBG series, here’s something else you can see from the Royal Botanic Garden:

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

 

Useful links:
Birds at the RBG #1: White ibis
Birds at the RBG #2: Grey butcherbird
Birds at the RBG #3: Powerful Owl

History of the Royal Botanic Garden
Sydney Opera House (Wiki)

Date: 16 October 2014
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Sunny
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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