Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cockatoo's cat-nap


This Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is having a cat nap. They raise thier chicks in hollows of gum (eucalyptus) trees, so this one is probably a very tired parent.

Its very hard to get a clear shot while standing on a moving boat. If the day had been sunny, I could have used a faster shutter speed to counter it....but thems the brakes, eh?!

6 comments:

BetteJo said...

Still amazes me how these birds are wild there. Okay, I know how stupid that sounds. But there just isn't anything exotic here unless it's in a cage.

Melanie said...

my husband sounds like you Betty Jo, he is from Ohio and everytime he sees one he goes mmm $18oo US
He is just joking of course.
Lavender - i think the actual tree in that shot is just awesome and makes me want to paint it. I love gnarly gums

areeiro said...

It's true, you don't get such views in Northern Europe either. Although in some cities there are now already wild populations of exotic birds that escaped from pet shops or zoos, as you can see Rose-ringed Parakeets raising their chicks in some city parks in Cologne. Aliens! :-)
Great shot by the way Lavender, amazing scenery on your boats tour...

Lavender said...

BetteJo I know exactly what you mean! I still cant get over it myself, and Ive been here nearly a decade! Sometimes you see HUGE FLOCKS of them, and its just too hard to believe LOL

Melanie Ah Melanie! I probably sound just like your hubby too, as Im from a state that neighbors Ohio LOL
It was a particularly great tree with that enormous hollow arm reaching out over the water - probally what a Cockie thinks is Million Dollar Real Estate LOL

Areeiro That is truly incredible - they seem such tropical birds its hard to imagine they manage the cold....but the truth is often stranger than fiction!
And there are some species of parrot that very much like alpine habitat....so...I guess you never know untill you try - parrots or people! LOL

kj said...

hmmpf! where is my interesting comment? that blogger...

:)

Lavender said...

KJ Tis the thought that counts? (I raelly hate it when stuff like that happens, grrrrr!!)