THE CRAZY CAPERS OF THE SULPHUR CRESTED COCKATOO IN AUSTRALIA'S BLUE MOUNTAINS
one afternoon with environmentalist and tour guide Tim Tranter in Australia"s Blue Mountains, we
looked across a deep valley at a panorama of soaring cliffs. Spray drifted
across the canyon from Katoomba Falls. In these unusual drought
conditions, a mere trickle of water dribbled over the lip of the
Falls, caught in the wind and dissipated before reaching the ground.
In the void before us, a flock of Sulphur Crested cockatoos went
through their paces in a comical display. Tim explained; “They’re
crazy birds! They perform aerial acrobatics shrieking as they go,
then suddenly plummet hundreds of feet towards the earth. Often, for
no reason, they simply fall off a branch!” And as we watched, a
cockatoo with snowy feathers and a sulphur tinted crest alighted on a
branch near us. Then, seemingly just to prove a point, the bird stumbled
sideways and fell, plummeting towards the valley floor before righting itself.
Photo copyright Anne Gordon
Posted on Monday, 23rd April, 2012