Flocks of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos!

I just had to share this! We have been fortunate to have flocks of twenty or more Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos fly directly over our house for several weeks now. They have the most intoxicating call, sounding like they’ve just flown straight out of Jurassic Park!

I was fortunate enough, a couple of years ago, to be standing at a local lookout a short hike from town, only to have an entire flock land on the trees beside me. My phone ran out of battery so I couldn’t take any pictures so I just sat and watched them eat until they left. They are the most amazing creatures and they bring me a great deal of joy whenever I see and hear them.

Update: about 100 (well 72 according to my daughter!) flew over this morning as I was taking my kids to school. Everyone stopped to watch!

My wife captured a couple of videos and has given permission to share them here. I recommend watching with the sound up! Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Flocks of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos!

  1. I’m not kidding when I tell you I was reading this while walking up my driveway listening to Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos in my trees. The ‘Redtails’ have a very different call to the ‘Yellowtails’. In fact I have never seen or heard a ‘Yellowtail’ before. They do however sound very much like the ‘Whitetails’ or ‘Carnaby Cockatoos’ we get in WA. I am often found out in my garden staring up into the tall trees looking at the Carnabys and Redtails.

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    1. I hadn’t realised how many I’d missed! I very much enjoy your writing. I’m hoping to have some more interesting content from more varied locations over the next few months. I have the “Bloody Long Walk” to train for with my teammates and also have a few other long walks up and down the coast that I want to do. I’m really missing my annual trip to the Snowy Mountains this year though.

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      1. Nathan. I went in for a minor op two weeks ago and got an infection and ended up back in hospital. My kidneys stopped functioning and I got seriously dehydrated. After 3 days of fluids and antibiotics, I’m home but still have a catheter in. My bladder is not functioning properly. Wednesday they are testing me to see if I will need to keep using a catheter for a while longer. This is really putting a cramp in my Appalachian Trail hiking! There is still a chance of a full recovery. We’ll just have to see. All this after a minor prostate surgery. My doc says, no matter what the final outcome is he will make sure I finish the AT!

        35 is a long way. I hope the terrain isn’t too tough! Good luck!

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      2. Crikey. Please Be sure to take all the time to rest and recover that you need, the AT will always be there. You’ve really had a few things thrown at you lately, I hope this is the last of it. Stay safe and I hope you get well soon.

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