Saturday, March 25, 2006

Long black

By the looks of things, this is a totem to the long-billed black cockatoo (Calyptohynchus baudinii) which in the wild ranges from the karri and mixed jarrah/marri forests of south west Australia up the west coast to about Bindoon, where this snap was taken.

This afternoon, when Hazel and I were driving 'round Bindoon and Gin Gin (both about 100 klicks north of Perth), the air was thick with the lilting calls of these fellas.

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At Tuesday, June 13, 2006, Anonymous Helen Pitman said...

Hello, your right this is a white-tailed black-cockatoo but it is the short-billed variety 'Carnaby's Cockatoo'. They breed in the area and the local wildlife carers organised this tribute. Helen

At Friday, June 16, 2006, Blogger Grump Les Tiltskin said...

Thanks for the clarification, Helen. I can never tell the difference between the long and short billers.

Needless to say, they're both pretty special.


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