11 December 2013


Wings on Wednesday - YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in regard to photographing birds.

copyright Yamini Ali MacLean

The Australian Sulphur-crested cockatoo; one of the most recognizable birds in the world as they are also popular as pets, can be toilet-trained and socialised and are known to develop speaking skills.  In the wild, they are prone to forming gangs and can be rather destructive.

Taken with the 'Nik' on manual 100ISO and lens extended to 5x optical.


  1. Howdy YAM Aunty. Beautiful photo. Ya forgot to say what a gentle, soothing voice the cockatoo has Bwahahahaha.
    No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  2. When I went to Oz many moons ago, taking my kid brother who was then 14, we met a cockatoo who sat outside a door and asked passers-by to "Scratch Henry" — Rob had never known a talking bird before, and would have scratched Henry's chin all day if I'd let him.
    Long before Robbie was born or even thought of, our grandparents had a budgie who said quite a few things. "Joe's a good boy; Joe's Dad's boy; Joe's a pretty boy" so I wasn't quite as impressed with Henry as Rob was.

  3. Beautiful bird and a beautiful capture as always!! Hope your week is going well!!

  4. Nice shot of the cockatoo, though there are all parots to me


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