Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos in Dunsborough

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos in Dunsborough

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos in Dunsborough & Meelup Regional Park

 

Last weekend, I traveled down south to Dunsborough to participate in another mountain bike race (the last one?). I hadn’t been lucky recently and had not spotted many black cockatoos in the Perth Hills. After all, most Carnaby’s are now away in the Wheatbelt for the breeding season running from August to December. So, this was a nice surprise to hear them and see them fly over the Dunsborough Country Club and Meelup Regional Park. While I was out practicing and riding the great trails that the park has to offer, I could see a few Carnaby’s feeding in the marri trees. Some were even drinking on the ground and weren’t too bothered to see so many riders out on the trails. Too bad I didn’t have my camera with me at this time!

The next day, after the race, I headed straight back to the car and could hear a juvenile Carnaby’s black cockatoo in a marri tree. While it was hidden by the branches, the dad was feeding in a much better spot. Armed with patience, I waited for him to turn around. With my telephoto lens, I don’t need to stand close to the cockatoos. This mean that they remain in their comfort zone and are not bothered by what I do. It was great to be able to observe this little family as the mum was also there. This explains why the juvenile Carnaby’s kept calling, trying to grab attention and being fed by mum.

Another funny fact that I just remembered is, watch out for the honky nuts if you are wandering or riding on the trails. During the last stretch back to the club house. my back wheel caught a nut of two and I nearly fell. Bloody cockatoos!

Read more of my adventures on my blog.

Some videos of the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos in Dunsborough:

 

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