Weekly Photo Challenge-Prolific



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



The first thing which came to mind were cockatoos.

They often descend on our front or back yards

and proceed to dig it up in search of sustenance. 


 Not that any of them appear under-nourished. 

At least this variety, the Corella,

does not appear to be as noisy as its

cousin the Sulphur Crest.

Down under these are fairly prolific also.

I think we used to have more sheep than any other country,

however, Google tells me that China now has that honour.

Finally, one of our most memorable game drives in Botswana.

 We drove for five or six kilometres with a constant wall

of elephants progressing right to left.

The bumps on the horizon are also elephants.

Our guides estimated there were at least 1,000 elephants

in this sighting alone.

Truly a magnificent experience.




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Last week we appeared to have a blanket

of snow in our front yard.

It is that time of the year again when cockatoos

or sometimes other birds descend en masse

to tear our yard apart.

They rip and tear up the hard clay soil and then leave.

Sounds like a teenager doesn’t it?

These are the Corella Cockatoos.

I think usually it is the Sulphur Crest variety

which does this job.

There may have been a

demarcation dispute during the year?


Hope you enjoyed.


Wordless Wednesday (create-with-joy.com)

Wordless Wednesday

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Week 107


Back in the day the

Sulphur Crest Cockatoo

was everyone’s pet bird.

While they appear to be sweet,

gentle birds in these photos…

several hundred of them in a neighbour’s tree saying

goodnight to each other is very noisy and takes

the best part of half an hour if not more.

I have heard them nearly quiet,

and then the neighbour decides

he has had enough and fires his shot gun in the air,

which starts the process all over again.

Is it any wonder I like to live away

from my neighbours.


 Similarly the Corella Cockatoo appears

quite serene high up in a tree.

Now we are wondering why our television reception

is not so good…Corellas!

Then after the TV antennae they decide…

 to dig up our front and back yards.

However, with all this aside they are still kind of cute.

Google told me that Tumult was

‘…a loud, confused noise, especially one caused

by a large mass of people….’ 

I dropped the word ‘people’ and

substituted ‘cockatoo’ as the definition

fits the ‘cockies’ behaviour, perfectly…at times.


Pic and Word Challenge: Tumult

Black and White Tuesday17-0208


Black and White Tuesday


Commencing at…the Geelong Yacht Club.

Some local…members of….


parrot family.

Also included some of…

my One Word Photo Challenges in BW.



Hope you enjoyed.



One Word Photo Challenge-Home





These cockatoos may not call this tree their home…

however, they certainly look at home in this shot.


On the other hand this parrot is certainly at home.

At least until breeding season is over.

In 2013 we were told about the

Southern Masked (or African Masked) Weaver’s

nest building practices.

If Mrs Weaver does not like it she pulls it apart

and Mr Weaver has to start again.

In 2014, in Botswana we watched in awe

as about 20 Mr Weavers worked

frantically to prepare

their nesting homes under the

guidance of their partner.

This all took place in a tree,

in a busy shopping centre.

The photo is not up-side down.


 One Word Photo Challenge: Home


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-4


Odd Ball

Week 4, 2016


It’s that time of the year again…cockatoos are visiting.cockatoos_0834

On Saturday morning they were covering our front yard…

and while having breakfast we heard some on the roof.


After seeing these antics on our neighbour’s television antennae,

I did not want to look at ours.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-4






Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Three4Three


My contribution for this week’s

Fun Foto Challenge




It’s going to be one of those weeks.

I thought Monday was Sunday

and I was thinking today was only Tuesday

only to realise most of Wednesday has past!

corellas_0066I found these Cockatoos, Corellas,

in an old tree some weeks back.

cranes_6672Instead of going out in the wee hours of this morning, on

the off-chance we could see Aurora Australis (Southern Lights)

from here, I got an early start for sunrise.

Alas even though there was some cloud around

the sunrise was not as good as hoped for.

However, I did spot three cranes on this ship,

AND only spotted three tug boats upon

loading pics to my computer

AND I am going to claim three jetties/piers

in the foreground.

Edit: I have just realised there are three different threes in this photo !!!!



Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Three4Three

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge:



I’m featuring Eucalyptus wood/trees this week.

rosealla_3218Large, gnarled branches,

cockatoo_3141-001support attractive patterns

cockatoo_3138made by shedding bark.

rosealla_3213These trees also provide a home

to a myriad of wild life.


Cee’s Black & White: Wood








Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-Wk-2


Odd Ball

Week 2


Recently we had a visit from around one hundred cockatoos…corellas to be precise.

corella_3588They proceeded to aerate our front yard…
corella_3589burrowing down as far as their beaks would allow.

corella_3590I have often seen them in large numbers while living on the farm, but have never been this close to them.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-2










Look Up, Look Down-Wk-53



Look Up, Look Down

for Week 53


Recently I found this Sulphur Crest Cockatoo close

enough to capture a reasonably good photo.


 It eyed me off, and decided that I would probably do him no  harm…


and decided to preen its feathers.


It reminded me of many summer nights when hundreds of cockatoos

would be noisily bidding each other ‘goodnight’

in surrounding pine trees.


After several hours of ‘goodnights’, when they were almost quiet

our neighbour would fire a shotgun either into them, or in the air,

and hundreds of cockatoos would be woken

from their almost slumber…not mention yours truly.


This one was kinda cute and it is hard to think that it was one of

hundreds which managed to spoil a quiet evening.



Look Up, Look Down, challenge