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Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - Australia

 
Scott ­ H
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Aug 17, 2008 05:40 |  #1

Hi All,

I thought I might share some photos from the weekend that I took of my favourite birds of all - the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. These birds have endless personality and are certainly not afraid to test out their lungs. Magnificent creatures and worthy of respect.

There was about 50 birds there that day, with many of them climbing all over the tourists in the park, hoping they might give them a treat of some kind. One of them tried stealing my shoelace, and by the time I swapped lenses to my wide lens he had already lost interest.

Anyway enjoy the pictures. I certainly enjoyed taking them. If only someone took a photo of my silly grin.

IMAGE: http://shines.smugmug.com/photos/353306288_KydEr-M.jpg

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IMAGE: http://shines.smugmug.com/photos/353308261_kVdbn-M.jpg

IMAGE: http://shines.smugmug.com/photos/353308621_o5tcp-M.jpg

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Hope you like them.

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Aug 17, 2008 07:53 |  #2

That's amazing. We only see these in pet shops with high dollar price tags on them. It must be great to have them all over the place.


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Aug 17, 2008 10:39 |  #3

Beautiful birds and great shots. Love the close-up. As Mitch already said, we only see these in pet stores.


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Aug 17, 2008 11:40 |  #4

Man that's cheating you have all the Pretty Birds :lol::lol::p
Great shooting Scott :p


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Aug 17, 2008 12:03 as a reply to  @ hTr's post |  #5

Scott, these are great shots....I would love to see these flying around over here.


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Aug 17, 2008 19:24 |  #6

Just out of curiosity, how much do they cost to buy in the States?

I have never considered buying one since they are so big and live so long, but I think they are quite expensive here too.

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Aug 17, 2008 19:32 |  #7

Looks like AU $100...

"A wild caught young bird can be obtained for under $100au in Queensland. However because of the potential disease problems (particularly Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease) of wild caught birds, aviary raised birds are more expensive and a hand raised, aviary bred bird certified free of PBFD can fetch up to $500."

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Do you think you could catch one? I bet it would be easy, maybe even a pair.


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Aug 17, 2008 19:40 |  #8

canonloader wrote in post #6126534 (external link)
Do you think you could catch one? I bet it would be easy, maybe even a pair.

I reckon they might be easy to catch, but I wouldnt want to give it a go for fear of losing a finger to that beak...

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Aug 17, 2008 19:47 |  #9

Well, I wouldn't run it down like some chicken for the pot. You will get a lot more cockatoos with peanuts or crackers than you will by chasing them. We have a place in the park here where the chickadees, nuthatches and even woodpeckers are so tame they will come to your hand for peanuts or sunflower seeds. If you have taken the time to get one to come close, he isn't going to bite you.

Well, maybe not anyway. Better get some bull hide welders gloves just in case. :mrgreen:


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Aug 17, 2008 19:49 |  #10

Great series Scott. We had quite a few around home but they have moved on since they cut down some of the gum tree at the nearby school.

Hey Mitch, we'd catch one but we'd also catch a jail term, like most of our native species they are protected.

My in-laws had one as a pet we I first started going out with my wife. You've no idea how destructive they can be. They'll chew on the polymer High Voltage Insulators before the lines are energised.


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Aug 17, 2008 20:02 |  #11

Gorgeous Series Scott, I envy your ability to just walk out and catch such magnificent creatures living free!


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Aug 17, 2008 20:40 |  #12

Oh wow Scott, really nice shots. Number 2 does it for me :)


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Aug 17, 2008 20:44 |  #13

Very nice series. Sure wish we had something like that around here.

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Aug 17, 2008 21:45 as a reply to  @ Jeff Watson's post |  #14

One of my neigbours had one, "Hello Billy" and we were so pleased they moved away, as the brd sounded like it was being murdered most of the time.
LOUD !:rolleyes:


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Aug 17, 2008 22:27 |  #15

Great shots.

They have a fantastic, cheeky personality. My sister has a feeding platform attached to her balcony hand railing, and if it's empty the cheeky beggers come walking along the railing and start looking through the windows and tapping with their beaks. Basically demanding she do her job and feed them!! LOL


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