Sunday, May 21, 2006
Any One for Two-Up?
While the colloquial expression about a "cockatoo" (a lookout at an illegal 2-up game), properly refers to the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, it could equally apply to the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, if my experience in trying to get close to the 40+ birds in the South Arm Reserve is any gauge. Despite their 600mm+ length, they are surprisingly difficult to find among the Banksia heath country, and if they choose to remain silent, they'll probably find you first! I did get in among a flock while they were feeding in among some trees (difficult to photograph), I was interested just listening to the "conversations" they appeared to be having, including a "laugh", somewhat reminiscient of part of the Kookaburras call. I hadn't heard that before. In flight they are magnificent.