Sulphur Crested Cockatoos
Over the last few weeks on my regular travels to Adelaide to attend university lectures I have observed Sulphur Crested Cockatoos on many occasions. Sometimes they are perched on the over hanging branches of trees lining the freeway. Sometime they seem to be keeping a keen eye on the flow of traffic from the vantage point of the light pole.
Most of the time they are busy feeding on the roadside verges. Their numbers can vary from a half dozen or so through to several hundred. Set against the bright green grass they make quite a sight. From time to time they tolerate several interlopers: a Corella or two or several Galahs.
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Most of the larger flocks here seem to have quite a few corellas among them
I like watching them too – only NOT in my backyard! Trying to grow any fruit here is a real problem. And then they have the audacity to scold me when I try to chase them off!
Hi there Mick – I sympathize with you about them raiding the fruit trees. We have the same problem with Galahs. We planted 2 almond trees over 20 years ago – I doubt if we’ve picked 20 almonds in all that time – the Galahs come in and eat them when they are still green! Hope they got a stomach ache.
And don’t get me started on the Mallee Ringneck parrots! They are such beautiful birds but every year they get into our pear trees and chew the fruit just below the stem – again when they are still quite green. We can go up as close as a metre away and they only then reluctantly move away. Talk about bold.
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