This is typical February day, hot and humid, with a strong nor-easter blowing. Perhaps there will be a thunderstorm tonight? Yellow-tailed black cockatoos came down to the lily pond to drink. They feel safe there; not too exposed, and there are several logs in the water where they can stand to drink. They came into the trees nearby first, watching carefully, calling to each other. I grabbed the camera and snuck into position on the front porch, where they can’t really see me if I stay still.
Gradually they are reassured and first one, then others fly down onto a rock in the pond.
They very slowly climb down to water level, while other birds in the tree keep watch. Some walk on the ground, where grasses partially obscure them, making their way to the water. Brightly flowering “Baby Red” stands out in this photo.
This was an unexpected thrill in a day of bottling jam, tomato pasta sauce, grape juice, and other summer jobs. These beautiful cockatoos bring a feeling of joy and freedom wherever they are, of companionship, communication and respect. Hope you enjoy seeing them too!