A couple of weeks ago, late one Sunday afternoon, we heard a group of red-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii) arrive to feed in the terminalia catappa next door.
The Man grabbed the Fuji and went out, shooting. Pfft! As I said, late afternoon and we have so much tree cover now he found it well-nigh impossible to get the birds in focus. And would they display their glorious tail coverts? No. They would not.
So I thought I’d try to do a colour sketch, but life, as it tends to do, impinged!
I also sustained a bump on the head when a terminalia nut was dropped! Yes, it hurt, but I will suffer pain to bring you entertainment! Clicking for an enlargement might give you a better idea, but for even clearer photos, ask Google.
Sporran arrived with a very determined look on her face. She was hell-bent on having one. Or so she thought…Fat chance, kitten, these guys are bigger than you! How big? Around the 60cms (2 feet) mark. And that beak! Like all the parrot family, the bill can do some serious damage, especially at this size.
But some people keep these birds as pets. (Personally, I hate animals caged; birds in particular.) They are, apparently, very affectionate and highly intelligent. Here is a link to an audio clip.
Remember this Cassia javanica from a couple of months ago?
Here it is today, laden with seed pods…
And because I have something to brag about…
The sun has reappeared so I’ll put some lino out to soften and have an arty afternoon…