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Cockatoo Sunset

Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo Kalamunda National Park Perth Hills Western Australia

Kalamunda National Park has been amongst my favourite hangouts lately after a couple of sightings of the elusive Western Brush Wallaby (Macropus irma). I have been back several times over the past few weeks, and although I haven’t been able to capture it on camera successfully yet, I was pretty happy to run into a flock of Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) feasting on nuts from nearby Jarrah trees (Eucalyptus marginata). Smoke from a prescribed burn off that took place a few miles away lent a soft orange colour to a dramatic sunset; a perfect backdrop for this high- perched bird.

Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo Kalamunda NP Western Australia

Female Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso)


  1. Thanks Ry, that smoke was working well. As far is the Wallaby goes I think I worked out where it travels – one day!

  2. What a photograph, Maurice!

    I also have to admit that the second photo caught me off-guard: I expected a white bird, but obviously there are several kinds, and colours, of cockatoos!

    • Thanks Dries 🙂

      There are quite a few different species in the South West indeed, amongst which three different species of Black Cockatoos (Baudin’s, Carnaby’s and Forest). The white species you had in mind could be the Western and little Corella (both endemic to WA) or the Sulphur-crested and long-billed Corella (both introduced on WA). And, last but not least, there is the pink-grey Galah – very common but strikingly beautiful nonetheless. In terms of birdlife we are pretty blessed I guess 😉

  3. That’s a pretty valid point Steve. I think I share your preference for clarity in photos, and one could impossibly identify which species is roosting up there; only size of the bill, colour patterns and call tells them apart.

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