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.

5 thoughts on “Black cockatoos – calling down the rain?

    1. 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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