a harsh discordant mixture of sounds.

Black Cockatoos….

…fit this description when they are feeding…

…cracking open the nuts or fruit of their favoured tree.

Their cousins the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

do not like being disturbed and are

at their most cacophonous when

around 1,000 (well, at least several hundred)

are settling down for  the night in one tree.

They all have to say ‘good night’ to each other.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Cacophony



In their hundreds, in a pine tree,

while trying to find a place for the night

or saying good night to their mates… the Sulphur Crest Cockatoos are, without doubt,

the noisiest birds I have ever heard. 

I have heard the above Corellas at dusk. 

However, the numbers that descend on

our patch of the world are noisy enough.

Even a single Sulphur Crest can

make one’s nerves stand on end.


When some Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos

(commonly known as Black Cockatoos)

first paid the farm a visit, the first I knew was a change

was the when I heard the crunching of acacia tree seeds.

  While my contact with Black Cockatoos

would rate them as fairly quiet,

it was what the noise made while the fed

which created the cacophony. 


Word of the Day Challenge: Cacophony



Jo’s Monday Walk


Balyang Sanctuary 2

Some more from Balyang Sanctuary.

The ever-present Swallow…although seldom still.


Also ever-present…

and lining the boardwalk for a morsel..

the Seagull.



and resting…

on a winter’s day.

I marvel at the Pelican’s ability to land

on these nesting boxes, without falling.


Overseeing all…


and giving directions is

the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.



Jo’s Monday Walk