Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Photo by Andrew Bryden

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

black wings beating in the heat
flourish of red tail
dancing the flamenco
flashes of hot red fervour
sweeping the heavens
Spanish dancer on fire
tempo building with the heat
faster and louder
flamboyant scarlet finale



We have been fortunate to have a flock of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos hanging around in front of our house, the last week or so. They come in the morning to eat the seeds/nuts (or are they fruits) from the casuarina trees along the beach. They are very smart so getting a good photo is a bit difficult, as they see you coming and take flight. Again Andrew has taken a great photo – he was scouting about with Michael and they both got fine shots.

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

It was a full moon two nights ago (huge tide and more beach erosion!) and I heard a noise on the balcony. When I went to have a look I saw we had some nocturnal visitors – a family of Tawny Frogmouths. They aren’t owls (they are related) but sure look a lot like them.

Tawny Frogmouth family

The one on the far right is the baby. His or her feathers looked so soft and new.

I wish that woman with the camera would ping off!

They do this swaying thing with their head and body (bit like a snake) when they are agitated.

The baby of the family
The parents

Then after about 10 minutes they turned their backs on me and flew off.

I thought they might be messengers but the phone hasn’t rung yet!