Photographer's Note

Today's native bird that regularly (in fact daily) visits out back yard is the very common Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). This one is feeding on the seed of the Australian Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum). The seed stage of the bush is red (the flowers are a much less spectacular white).
Most of you would probably have seen them in zoos around the world. They are also popular as pets in many countries. They are native to Australia, Papua New Guinea and the eastern parts of Indonesia. Several countries now have local populations (eg Singapore and New Zealand).
These birds are quite long lived (30-40 years in the wild but plenty have been recorded as living to 100 in captivity.
They tame easily and can develop a wide vocabulary for talking but they do have a loud raucous call.

Taken using a hand held Sigma 150-500 lens.

Best in the large view.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4052 W: 102 N: 11574] (48159)
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