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|This was one of a flock of these astonishing large and loud birds high up in a tree in Perth, Australia. I was not able to identify the exact variety, based on any tail coloring, and it might have been Carnaby's black-cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus latirostris.|
Since they returned to the area towards evening, and landed high up in the tree, photography was very challenging. This is a small crop from a full frame RAW image.
Carnaby's black-cockatoo can live for 40 to 50 years in the wild and display strong bonds with their partners throughout their adult life.
What do they look like?
Carnaby's black-cockatoos are large, raucous black cockatoos with white patches on their cheeks and white bands on their tails. They have strong short bills designed to cope with the hard nuts and seeds that form their diet. There is little difference between the male and female birds apart from bill and eye ring colour. Males have red eye rings and black bills whereas females have grey eye rings and a lighter grey or bone-coloured bills.
Where do they live?
Carnaby's black-cockatoos are found in southwest Australia from the Murchison River across to Esperance and inland to Coorow and Lake Cronin. They are commonly seen in some areas such as the coastal plain to the north of Perth and some areas of the northern Wheatbelt. Carnaby's black-cockatoos are locally extinct in others, such as in many parts of the central Wheatbelt.
In the Wheatbelt during the nesting season Carnaby's black-cockatoos occur in uncleared or remnant eucalypt woodlands, predominately salmon gum or white gum (wandoo). They feed in heathland called Kwongan heath, on different types of banksia, grevillea, hakea and dryandra species. They also feed on seeds of eucalyptus species, and introduced species such as wild radish and pines.
During the non-nesting season Carnaby's black-cockatoos predominantly occur in banksia woodlands, coastal and near-coastal scrub and forests and introduced pine trees of the coastal regions.
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- [2016-04-21 15:42]
Hi Alan,not lucky with the light,but the pic is very very dark,while the DOF and the sharpness are excellent,nice capture of this friend not often seen on TN.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Lucky to see this black one in open. We usually see them either in cage or zoo. Well presentation.
Thanks for showing,