Another familiar sight, though usually in smaller groups is the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo sitting loftily on the high branches of pine trees. On a walk to Frederica Falls (South Lawson) I heard a loud high pitched squealing noise on the path ahead. Intrigued I investigated the source of this strange bird-sound and found a pair of black cockatoos on low branches – huge birds at close range. You can see pictures at birdsinbackyard.net and listen to their wierd call (copyright © Fred Van Gessel)
While I had not previously associated this sound with them, I have heard it almost daily ever since – funny how that happens.
Birds are a wonderful part of the Blue Mountains environment where over 200 species can be seen. However, I find them difficult to photograph so there will be very few bird photos in this journal.
Words to Walk With:
From Field Guide to Birds of Australia by Simpson and Day.
- Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
White, Sulphur-yellow forward-curving crest. Underwing, undertail washed yellow. Size 45cm. Voice extremely loud, raucous screech.
- Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus
Yellow tail panel, cheek patches. Most body feathers edged pale yellow. Size 56-66cm. Voice wailing “kee-ow”