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From this shot from the hip image…

 

…I managed to achieve a semblance of

something half decent.

 

The fog is straight out of camera.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:...Unedited

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On  Friday morning while unpacking the car,

I heard a strange, but half familiar,

squawk behind me,

which I identified as a cockatoo

and narrowed to Black Cockatoo.

I have sighted two or three

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos

previously, but never a flock of sixteen.

So with our first clear blue sky for the week,

during which we had 117 points of rain,

we get a sign that there is 16

more wet days in front of us.

According to legend one wet day per bird.

Apparently the Black Cockatoos

are some of Australia’s rarest birds.

In the wild, they are rarer than

African lions or even pandas. 

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Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo

 

 

While Yellow-Tail Black Cockatoos are said to frequent

as far south as southern Tasmania,

I have only ever sighted them twice. 

Once while we were living on the farm

and once in the fifteen years since we moved. 

I have always thought of them as a

northern bird because southern Victoria’s

cold and wet climate was not not one

which they favoured. 

Both my sightings were in February, or March.

Our summer.

 

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