Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Two Recent Biggies

Walking between a couple of fairways the other day and some large pieces of ‘shrapnel’ began dropping around me from above. I backed off and circled around a bit and discovered a trio of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos feeding in a Hakea and making short work of the tough seed pods with their powerful beaks.

Been seeing them fly over a bit lately and I was wondering if they were making any food stops on the course.

On another recent occasion I was mowing our grass at home and a largish shadow passed slowly over me. I switched off the mower and began looking around for the bird responsible. It was too slow for a swallow, but about the same size I estimated. Then a flutter of colourful wings on a nearby flower head caught my eye.

The Orchard Swallowtail is one of the largest butterflies we get around here - occasionally. Always a sight to see and once this female landed Glen and I got some nice close views of a tattered and torn lady. Time to check the lemon tree!


  1. Check the Lemon Tree in 10 days time when the eggs will have hatched into caterpillars.
    Black Cockies love those Banksia cones, don't they?
    Great shot.

  2. I love your Black Cockatoo photos, Gouldiae. I planted lots of trees that bear hard seed pods to try to bring them into the garden. I'm into birdscaping and native gardening in a big way. I created a Facebook page called Australian Native Plant Enthusiasts. It would be great if you check it out and post on the wall.