During a recent excursion into Nangara Reserve I was disturbed for some considerable time by the persistent growling call of a young Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo. I crawled through some undergrowth, over some logs, through some Bracken, removing leeches all the while, to eventually emerge quite near the bird.
After taking a few shots, I realized the young cocky was not at all disturbed by me as it focused its attention across the gully. It transpired that mum was getting some tucker from deep within a tree.
Using her powerful bill I watched for ten or fifteen minutes while she tore off large bits of bark and wood to get the grub inside.
Once the tasty morsel was extracted, both birds flew to a tree further away and through the binoculars I watched the meal going down – too distant for a picture this time.
On my way back to the ute I found several trees with fresh holes where previous meal portions had been obtained.
Although listed as a ‘secure’ species, there is some evidence that populations of these majestic birds might be in decline due to … habitat loss – what else!