Technically the title of this post is a useless pun. See, Galahs used to be classified under the ‘cacatua galerita’ – the same genus that corellas and cockatoos used to belong to. Then it all got reclassified. So, the above is a play on words that only cockatoo nerds AND word nerds will get. Aren’t I a ‘hoot?’
Anyway, Sethy and I went to check out Balyang Sanctuary a short while after getting back from Eastern Beach. It was a lovely day and I wanted to suss out whether there was any breeding/nesting behaviour going on or any baby birds. Basically, I was doing investigative work for Glenn.
There wasn’t much of that going on – so no need for us to go out to the other side of town. However there were a lot of cockatoos.
I looked up and was fortunate to see these two corellas canoodling. I was hoping it may lead to mating behaviour but it was just kissing. The photo quality turned out crap, it needed a lot of editing just to get to this point, but I believe the birds themselves are adorable.
Cockatoos in a hollow
I was fortunate enough to find cockatoos apparently preparing a nest. They were very, very defensive. I didn’t see them chuck much bark out so the images are a bit meh. Still thought it was interesting.
Then there are the generic other images one gets when the light is awesome and the birds are settling down. It was a mediocre shoot – I’m not really sure it’s worth me going back there other then when I’m with Seth.