Cacatua galerita galerita
It's always a wonderful and rewarding experience to encounter wild animals in their natural habitat, and that was certainly the case here - a nesting sulphur-crested cockatoo in native bushland. In fact, one of several, although the only one I saw clearly. This is a noisy and conspicuous species at the best of times, both at rest and in flight, but the calls of the birds in this spotting were totally different from the usual raucous cacophony I'm accustomed to. When I left my house only a short time before, half a dozen cockatoos were sitting on the fence and patio railing. Also birds from a wild crackle*, but they display different mannerisms when in urban settings. I also shot a video, so LISTEN TO THE AUDIO of the nesting birds in my spotting. Their calls echoed throughout the valley.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EgsDW31... Please forgive the video quality. It's a bit clunky, but was taken specifically for the audio!
I spotted this cockatoo nesting in the hollow of a dead eucalypt, situated in the dense native bushland of Fox Valley Reserve, in its southern section at North Epping in Sydney. Lush and green, and temperatures still warm, hence this late nesting. It'll get cold soon enough!
* I posed the question.... "What is a group of cockatoos called?" The proper term for a group of cockatoos, as defined in the Macquarie (dictionary), is "a bloody nuisance!" Hahaha That's a typically Australian response! I think the correct collective noun for a group of cockatoos is a "crackle".
Spotted on Mar 11, 2021
Submitted on Mar 18, 2021
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