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Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo

by Les Goldsmith posted on 2008-03-28 14:47 last modified 2008-05-15 18:40
The creaks of protest from the blackwood tree, as strips are torn out by the yellow tailed black cockatoos, is a gentle accompaniment to the harsh calls as the cockatoos call to one another.

Blackwood tree with cockatoo chewsFlocks of 5 to 10 yellow tailed black cockatoos are visiting at the moment, theirYellow Tailed Black Cockatoo strident calls drift across the forest top as the flock chooses a wattle tree to feed on. They then settle in and rip strips off the tree to get to the grubs within. The ground below becomes littered with bark and wood as they chew their way into the tunnels of the grubs in the tree. Then with more shrill calls and a graceful, undulating flight they are off to continue feeding elsewhere.

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Posted by susan middelhuis at 2008-09-14 21:14
I live in Lilydale, where we moved from Nunawading eleven months ago. The bird life here is amazing, and last Friday at dusk I was very thrilled to see a yellow tailed Black-Cockatoo sitting in our small gum tree looking intently at me for some time. I was in awe of it's great spleandour and could not take my eyes off it, my daughter, who was visiting saw it too. Unfortunately we didn't have time to get the camera. I have never seen one before and felt very priveledged to have witnessed this magnificent bird,I hope to see it again sometime.

Sincerely

Sue Middelhuis

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Posted by Mark at 2008-10-30 20:41
I live in Nerang, Qld near an area of bush reserve. Just yesterday we had a visit from a yellow tailed blach cockatoo. We didnt know what it was until we researched the internet.
A beautiful bird.

Nerang yellow tailed black cockatoo

Posted by Les Goldsmith at 2008-11-01 22:16
They might be my favourite bird, we have just returned from Tasmania and were pleased to see them at Corinna on the west coast and Coles Bay on the East Coast and Near Huonville down South. They seemed to be feeding on the Melaleucas

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Posted by Jade Livington at 2011-11-17 19:04
The cockatoos that i saw today didn't eat the trunk away to get the grubs they just sat in the tree and peeled of strips from the tiny branches in the top of the tree. They sorta got bored of that and started on another trees, but they didn't do any damage,. They are still a beautiful and wonderful bird to watch.

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