Monday, May 29, 2017

More Birds

I was out in the garden on Friday in between showers when I heard a sound I couldn't quite place. It was something like a tapping or cracking and intrigued me. So, of course, I went looking for the source. Guess what I found.

It's a bit blurry, I'm afraid, but the only place I could get a photo from was quite a distance away. The birds are - as I discovered today when they flew over again and I got a glimpse of red - forest red-tailed black cockatoos. These particular cockatoos are a sub species of the red-tailed black cockatoo which are unique to southern Western Australia where they are listed as vulnerable.

They are feasting on 'something' on my neighbour's Silver Princess (Eucalyptus caesia) tree. The Silver Princess is a truly lovely small tree with silvery, weeping branches and large, spectacular red-pink blossoms which are followed by equally large - 30 mm in diameter - gum nuts.  I suspect the 'something' is new buds or flowers because they flower from May to September and I noticed a couple of flashes of red among its leaves in this afternoon's photo below. If you look carefully you can see one flower in the middle of the left hand side upright branch and others up near the top on the far right and the reason you can see them at all is because these blossoms are big as well as beautiful.

I also suspect that there won't be many more flowers this year if the cockatoos keep on feasting but my neighbour, like me, is enjoying the birds at the moment.


Jo said...

I followed your links, fascinating birds - to me very exotic. I would love to see a tree full of them. I am glad your neighbour is enjoying the birds and not so worried about her flowers.

Helen V. said...

It is lovely to see them, Jo, but when we first moved here there were flocks 100-150 flying over regularly. Now we're lucky to see more than 25 in a group. It's very sad to see the decline in numbers.

Satima Flavell said...

They visit my place daily for a few weeks early in the year. I'm not sure what it is they like, but they fly in from the north, engage in a lot of loud chatter, feed on the trees over the road and then take off for points south.

Satima Flavell said...

Hi again Helen - I have taken the liberty of awarding you and Jo a 'Mystery Blogger' award. It's a fun meme designed to get people reading more blogs! Check out my latest post and see if you'd like to join in.

Helen V. said...

Nice to hear they visit your area, too, Satima.