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The yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus).

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. Calyptorhynchus funereus

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, immature or female carrying pine cone from which they extract the seeds. Taken at Encounter Bay, South Australia.

Searching for wood-boring grubs.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, immature, taken at Encounter Bay, South Australia. Carrying remains of pine cone from which most of the edible seeds have been extracted.

Best Viewed Large.......Yellow-tailed Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

 

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I think this might be quite an old bird. Or maybe it's just the feather season?

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were once content to feed on the seeds of native shrubs and trees, especially banksias, hakeas and casuarinas, as well as extracting the insect larvae that bore into the branches of wattles. Now, after the establishment of extensive plantations of exotic Monterey Pines, the cockatoos may feed more often by tearing open pine cones to extract the seeds. The population on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is now reliant on the seeds of the Aleppo Pine, a noxious weed, as its preferred habitat, Sugar Gum woodlands, has become extensively fragmented

 

The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a large cockatoo. It is easily identified by its mostly black plumage, with most body feathers edged with yellow, not visible at a distance. It has a yellow cheek patch and yellow panels on the tail. The female has a larger yellow cheek patch, pale grey eye-ring (pink in males), white upper bill (grey-black in males) and black marks in the yellow tail panels. Young birds resemble the adult female, but young males have a smaller cheek patch.

 

Credit: birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/Yellow-tailed-Black-Cockatoo

 

The yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus). Marcoola on The Sunshine Coast. Queensland, Australia.

This beauty was one of a flock that paused (in the woods where I happened to be) for a half an hour of frantic tree chewing. They really do seem to enjoy chewing wood!

A yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) enjoying a nut. Love how its holding its food. This bird is quite common in South Australia and especially in the national parks and up the hills

The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo is found in south-eastern Australia, from Eyre Peninsula, South Australia to south and central eastern Queensland.

 

The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo inhabits a variety of habitat types, but favours eucalypt woodland and pine plantations. Small to large flocks can be seen in these areas, either perched or flying on slowly flapping wings.

 

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feed in small to large, noisy flocks. The favoured food is seeds of native trees and pinecones, but birds also feed on the seeds of ground plants. Some insects are also eaten.

 

Photographed Maleny, Queensland, Australia.

 

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Part of a flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding on pine cone seeds, taken at Encounter Bay, South Australia. Top right bird with pinkish eye ring and dark bill - adult male. Centre bird with whitish bill, dark eye ring, larger and brighter yellow ear patch - adult female.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. Calyptorhynchus funereus

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. Calyptorhynchus funereus

The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a large (to 680mm) cockatoo clearly distinguished by its mostly black plumage, yellow cheek patch and yellow panels on the tail. The body feathers are edged with yellow giving a scalloped appearance. It has a short, mobile crest on the top of its head.

 

The female has a larger, more defined yellow cheek patch than the male, pale grey eye-ring (pink in males) and a whitish upper bill (grey-black in males).

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, adult male, taken at Encounter Bay, South Australia.

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo - female

 

This cockie had pulled a tailfeather from a nearby cockie. Too busy laughing to catch the action.

Yellow tailed black cockatoos

After enjoying a cone. Feeling hungry.

Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae) at Tumut Valley Motel, Tumut, New South Wales, Australia. Photographed on 14 May 2017.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus

Brisbane Ranges, Victoria, Australia

10th. November 2008

 

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In the same tree as the male posted earlier, this female for comparison. The golf course groundspeople hate these birds - they chew up their precious trees and leave staggering quantities of severed cones and branches all over the manicured grounds.

 

The female doesn't have the red-eye ring of the male, but has a brighter cheek patch to make up for it.

 

This'll be the last pic for a week or two, but no doubt more to come. Back soon.

Companion to Gould's Handbook; or, Synopsis of the birds of Australia..

Brisbane,Thorne & Greenwell,1877..

biodiversitylibrary.org/page/34216519

Hey, this one tastes really good!

 

Together with the Sulphur-crested ones and the Rainbow Lorikeets, maybe why so many trees fell in yesterday's wind!

 

Calyptorhynchus funereus

 

(Female)

 

This was a hand-held shot with a Nikon 500mm f/4.0P super-telephoto and Nikon D3x, taken at f/11.0, ISO640, and 1/1,250sec., which I had assumed would be fast enough to stop-action of flapping wings, as the bird dove off the eucalyptus tree. My concern for Noise, using ISO 640 affected my decision-making over Shutter Speed. Also, scrambling to get into position without exciting these wary birds. The first one had flown away, by the time I had gotten this shot.

 

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(Calyptorhynchus funereus)

 

Point Cartwright, Sunshine Coast.

Qld. Australia.

Calyptorhynchus funereus

 

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Verona Sands, Tasmania, d5000, Sigma 120-400mm lens

Screeching to the rest of the flock I was easily able to locate this Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, who put on a fine display in the light of a setting sun.

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo.

A family of these were gouging deep holes in big old acacia trees to reach the fat grubs that bore right into the middle. They were so busy at work they did not mind me moving around to get a clear view of them to photograph. The black cockies have a distinctive call:

www.xeno-canto.org/species/Calyptorhynchus-funereus

Jerrabomberra wetlands, Australian Capital Territory, October, 2015.

 

This male Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) was observed with one other bird, possibly a female.

 

Family Cacatuidae

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Photography by David White © 2015

A female(?) Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) amuses itself in a dead tree while four other pairs preen each other on adjoining branches. Bunga Beach, NSW Far South Coast.

 

HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm f4.5-5.6

 

Day 14 of Pentax Forum's Daily in August 2018 Challenge

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus

Cacatuidae

Calyptorhynchus funereus. Noosa National Park, QLD.

A Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo eating a large grub at Turingal Head Wallagoot Lake Bega

I was delighted to hear the screeching of a small flock of these beauties that had alighted on this tree directly opposite our house just before 6pm last night. So there I was, seconds after hearing them (camera always ready at hand), standing in the middle of the road taking 103 photos before they moved off. How obliging is that?

The yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus). Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast. Queensland, Australia (Any comments containing images/graphics/group icons will be deleted).

Going out to look for birds when your photo walk companion is a cat isn't very easy :))

Ok, maybe I'm a little nuts (and will probably be the crazy cat lady that lives down your street one day) but Mango walks with us like a dog - she trained herself - in Sydney she used to walk with me the petrol station and sit in the tree outside and wait until I had got the usual emergency supplies milk/bread etc then we would walk home together .. raised a few eyebrows..

We are walking the streets again daily in preparation for becoming gypsy wanderers once more.. cat included..

Week 19/52 52 weeks for cats

Birds

Top Left & Top Right: One of my Aussie favourites, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

Bottom Left: Pretty sure its a Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) - it was a mad dash to change lens so not the best shot.

Bottom Right: Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)

 

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