Sulphur Crests~

and golden tails,

feast on pine cones,

by bush lagoons.

Raucous flocks,

rest on scribbly gums.

While a curious cockatoo,

climbs down to me.

Cheers to you from Australia’s gorgeous sulphur crested cockatoos~

Note: Scribbly Gum are a type of NSW eucalyptus tree that have distinctive scribbles on their bark left by larval scribbly gum moths.

217 thoughts on “Sulphur Crests~

  1. The scribbly marks remind me of the marks in the posts of my childhood yard which were made, iirc, by carpenter ants. Funny how memories come back.

    1. I especially love the name! We have lots of eucalyptus near The Holler, imported from Oz long ago, and now in old forests thriving and grown quite huge. დ

  2. I love the yellow around their vents that match the yellow of their crests! Parrots are the most fascinating birds. Thank you for a close-up look at these beauties, Cindy!

  3. The cockatoos look so intelligent with their expressive faces (unless I’m anthropomorphizing). In any event, they’re beautiful birds. I like the Scribbly Gum tree, too!

    1. You are completely correct. They are super intelligent birds and can develop huge vocabularies and learn all sort of complicated things. They have excellent memories. დ

  4. It is the beauty and intelligence of these birds that sadly lead to some of them ending up in small cages as ‘pets’ – the worst kind of torture for any flying bird! Having seen a number cooped up like that, these photographs give me great pleasure as the ones you have photographed have space and can make their own decisions – you have a wonderful knack of getting the right ‘poses’ for your bird photographs.

    1. “the ones you have photographed have space and can make their own decisions.”
      You get it. Completely.
      This is why I go to Australia. The first time there I was confounded. I saw flocks of expensive ‘pet’ birds in the wild.
      Making their own decisions.

  5. Your not going to need to come back Cindy, you have almost covered them all πŸ˜‚ 🀣
    Great shots dear lady, they look great πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

    1. Hope you don’t mind a drop in. The Sulphur Crested Cockatoos mate for life. And even if a partner dies they will usually stay alone. They can live till they are 80yrs old in the wild (captivity up to 120yrs). And the only way to tell male from female is their eyes. Males and females look alike, only up close and in strong light can it be noticed that the eye of the female has a lighter, reddish-coloured iris. Males have very dark brown irises. From a distance, eyes of all birds look black. Males have slightly larger heads, and stand taller than females, but the birds have to be seen in pairs for this difference to be noticeable. And their bite is very powerful, about 350 psi. πŸ™‚

      1. Oh I so love all this new information! I had no idea they mate for life. In many ways, birds seem more highly evolved than humans. Thank you very much for all these fascinating factoids & cheers to you დ

      1. I think it’s been about 4 years now, but we are talking about a family reunion Christmas 2021. Fingers crossed, though these days I don’t get attached to anything in the future.

  6. These are so pretty! For some reason, they look like wedding birds, probably because of their pure white feathers. Thank you, Cindy, for introducing them to me!

    1. They do look like wedding birds and they mate for life, so maybe there is a connection!! I am very happy to make the introduction and pleased you like your new friends დ

  7. Anonymous

    β€œScribbly gum trees” and their β€œscribbly bark” send me soaring with desire to have invented these phrases.

  8. Thank you, Cindy for all your posts – you remind us all that we live in a beautiful world, that we can build hope and resilience when we connect with nature and with each other. Hugs and much love coming your way, my dear friend.

    1. Hearing from you Rebecca is always a lift in my day. I know we share a deep connection to the natural world and through this, to each other. You make my life better my friend. Thank you for being in my life დ

  9. This is such a sweet bird, Cindy.
    Australia is very rife with many fantabulous creatures!
    You were lucky to go there ,and meet all of the sweet critters!
    Great shots!

  10. I can see why they are called scribbly gum trees…
    I’m not sure which is more wonderful…your talent
    or your experiences. Both are little bits of heaven.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. It is beautiful bird. By the time of my being to Sydney, I’ve met one of that bird near Aquarium. It sat on the parapet chained to the hook. Nobody was around and it looked lonely. Unfortunately, it was prisoned not free at all.

    1. That is sad. These are seriously social birds that live in large flocks, fly all over together and mate for life. It is wonderful to see them free as they should be დ

  12. Hi Cindy. I enjoyed seeing some of these amazing cockatoos at the Free Flight Bird Sanctuary last fall, but it must be even cooler to see them in the wild. Thanks for telling us about the Free Flight Sanctuary and now showing these gorgeous birds in the wild!

    1. Oh my God! You are the second blogger who visited there. I am so completely touched by both of you. Seeing a place where a veterinarian and staff and volunteers, save captured parrots from the desperation of caged captivity, is something to experience. It is the love that is so mind boggling, between traumatized parrots and people. There is a healing that happens to both.
      Parrots in the wild need our love if they are able to survive. Thank you so much Kathy for caring about them დ

  13. Thank you for taking us there, enabling us to enjoy these special creatures through these beautiful photos. πŸ’–πŸ’—

  14. Fabulous images, Cindy. Australian birds, especially the sulphur-crested cockatoos, are so confident, so loud and positive, full of personality. They always make me smile. Thanks for a great post.

    1. I have only seen sulphur crests in captivity, except for the two times I have been to Australia. I know it’s normal for folks in Australia to see flocks of all these ‘caged’ parrots flying free and talking loudly. For me it is a penultimate life experience. Thank you for knowing. დ

  15. Beautiful birds, although I never really trust cockatoos because they seem so smart.

    Thanks for the info on the scribbly gum moth. The marks look exactly like artistic scribbles.

  16. Thank you for this wonderful poem, and the great mentioning of these wonderful birds, Cindy! Excuse the late revisit. Many thanks to Charles. His reblogging guided me again to your blog.Stay save and be well. Michael

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