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Copyright: Klaudio Dadich (dalmatinac) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 56] (238)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-21 1:54
Viewed: 3327
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at a picnic spot in Sherbrooke Forest, about an hour or so from metropolitan Melbourne. Tourists come to this spot to feed the many varieties of parrots that live in the forest.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, is one of the larger and more widespread of Australia's cockatoos. Frequently sought as a cage bird in other countries, in Australia they can be so numerous that in crop-growing areas they are shot or poisoned as pests. Government permit is required, though, as they are a protected species under the Australian Commonwealth Law.

They can be destructive to cereal and fruit crops, as well as timber structures such as house planking and trees.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is similar in appearance to the three species of corella found in Australia. Corellas are smaller, however, and lack the prominent yellow crest, there are a few regional subspecies within Australia.

Typically these birds will weigh around 800 grams and can be very loud. Their call is meant to travel through the forest environments in which they live, including tropical and subtropical rainforests. These birds are naturally curious creatures, as well as very intelligent. They have adapted very well to European settlement in Australia and live in many urban areas.

Sulphur Crested CockatoosSulphur-crested Cockatoos, along with many other parrots, are susceptible to a widespread viral disease known as Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, which causes the birds to lose their feathers and grow grotesquely shaped beaks.

These birds range throughout the various climates in Australia, from Far North Queensland beyond the Iron Range Mountains, as well as parts of the Snowy Mountains. They are also numerous in Adelaide and Southern South Australia and can be spotted north of Perth.

These birds have been known to engage in geophagy, the process of eating clay to detoxify their food. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

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  • prfry Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 30 W: 8 N: 15] (84)
  • [2007-12-21 3:08]

The composition is excellent - I like that the cockatoo is standing on an angled branch. Nice to have captured a frontal and profile view of the bird's body and head at the same time. Very interesting notes, I see the birds around Sydney all the time but never realised how destructive they could be. I do know however, how loud they can be in big groups! Well done.
Roxanne

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-23 2:39]

Hello Klaudio,
Great portrait of a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in an excellent composition and good sharpness against a dark tree trunk. Though the lighting was difficult you managed it well.
Well done and thanks,
Best wishes for Christmas and the New year,
Ivan

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-25 13:52]

Hola Klaudio,
buena foto, buen ángulo de disparo y buena nitidez me gusta esta imagen!!!
saludos José

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-26 14:32]

Ciao Klaudio!
Odlicna slika!
Dobra oštrina i kompozicija!
Sretna Nova godina, mnogo sreće ti zelim!
Ena

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-05 0:54]

Hi Klaudio,
Just marking this wonderful post for now and will be back with a proper critique later.
Regards.
Sumon

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