Black cockatoos – calling down the rain?

Black cockatoos at duskI’m seeing these yellow tailed black cockatoos regularly at the moment, usually in a flock of three to five, but the night I took this photo there were at least ten of them, and plenty of sulfur crested cockatoos too.

According to Australian mythology, black cockatoos are a herald of rain. I haven’t found that to be the case but they are still a pretty amazing sight. This lot were very shy the first time I saw them but now seem to be used to me crashing around with my camera in the paddocks below, trying to get that perfect shot.

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They’re amazing, aren’t they? I’ve only seen the yellow crested ones here, in certain areas, and not consistently. Some years they’re around, others they aren’t. They have such a distinctive cry too – more ear-shredding than the sulphur crested!

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