Monday, April 23, 2012

THE CRAZY CAPERS OF THE SULPHUR CRESTED COCKATOO IN AUSTRALIA'S BLUE MOUNTAINS
       Walking 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

1 Comments:

At April 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM , Blogger Anika B said...

Definitely a sight to be seen - sounds like a good way to amuse yourself - and the tourists. Thanks for the story!

 

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