Black Beauties~

This gorgeous pair of red tailed black cockatoos was photographed at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley in Victoria Australia during our February trip.

There are five sub-species of red tailed black cockatoos in Australia, with two sub-species under serious threat.

Healesville Sanctuary is dedicated to the recovery of 27 threatened native Australian species.

It’s animal hospital treats over 1500 sick or injured native animals each year, and it has an active breeding program for threatened species.

Although I was able to photograph other black cockatoos in the wild during our February trip, these were the only red tails I was lucky enough to see.

Cheers to you from Australia’s iconic red tailed black cockatoos~

For more on Healesville’s important work see:

https://www.zoo.org.au/healesville/habitats/main-track/australian-wildlife-health-centre/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-07/five-endangered-species-released-back-into-the-wild-in-12-months/5725428

271 thoughts on “Black Beauties~

  1. Very pretty color tones – from the picture it looks like dark blue (very dark) and yellow dots on the upper body and with red stripes on the tail feathers. Awesome!!

    1. The first time I went to Oz, I heard this sound like many crying cats. I went out to explore and found a bush full of black cockatoos. It was love at first sight დ

  2. Cindy, what magnificent birds and photos you were able to capture. So colorful too. We have mainly sparrows, robins, cardinals and hummingbirds which are fun to observe. Lucky you on your vacation! oxox

    1. Aww, thank you so much Mary Ann. I have been home at The Holler since March. But thankfully, Australia, yields limitless photographic opportunities. დ

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  4. Such a magnificent beauty with velvety appearance (red tailed one) in nature’s lapπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œbeautifully captured πŸ‘πŸ˜

  5. Oh, Cindy, they are stunning. I’ve forwarded the post to a dear friend back in Sacramento. It will give her something amazing to look at as things are not well there and in many other parts of the country. Rita will appreciate your skill both as an artist and an amateur photographer.

      1. Alas, not just in California. My father’s cousin lives in Portland OR so you can imagine. She is in her 80’s and afraid to go anywhere. πŸ’œ
        I did love those birds and Rita will as well. Thank you for sharing them.

          1. Cindy, please take care of yourself. For those in your life who live abroad, stay in touch as we worry with what is going on. You are right, I can hear the old goose-stepping… How long before other countries begin offering asylum to Americans?

  6. Oh, wow, Cindy … just WOW! What gorgeous birds! Their feathers almost look like they’re covered in gold stars! Glad to hear somebody’s trying to save the species.

  7. Oh what a delight that you were able to see two of this rare cockatoo, and get up so close to record their utter beauty. Thanks for sharing the successes and great work of this Sanctuary, Cindy.

  8. Wow! These pollysaturdated beauties can cause an abnormal heartbeat. Specktacular shots as always, my dear friend.β™₯*β™‘βˆž:q.qβ™₯β™‘β™₯(κˆα΄—κˆ)Ξ΅ο½€*)β™₯β™‘β™₯q.q:βˆžβ™‘*β™₯

  9. The coloration of the (I assume) male is simply stunning! It looks like a starry sky above a brilliant sunset tail…and, yes, I started singing “Starry, Starry Night.” πŸ™‚ Such beauty for sore eyes (or sore arm), Cindy! <3

    1. For a rarity, it is the female that is bedazzled and star dusted, and the male who is plain but lovely! And yes, she is a splendid “Starry, Starry Night!”

  10. Stunning bird, and thanks for the pics, Cindy.

    You know, I decided I hated zoos when I was 10. We went on a school field trip to the Winnipeg Zoo.
    Back then there were no real “habitats” for the animals. It was all cages, cages & cages.
    There were 2 beaver in a pond, smaller than the cement wading pool for kids at a park. Of course, it was deeper. There was a bunch of tree stuff at one end. One beaver was busy, busy, busy gathering, chewing building. The other beaver stood at the edge of the cage, staring out. It’s like (s)he’s in jail, I thought. At that moment, I saw the zoo as an animal jail.
    I find it a sick irony that now these zoos, which are somewhat improved in areas, much more in other areas are sanctuaries and breeding areas for animals. The main reason we need to sanctuary them and help their species survive, is because we have destroyed the very environments that are necessary for them. It is an ill irony that now their prisons are their hope.

    1. Yes. Exactly. It is still a sad thing to see captive wild creatures. Some of the species in places like Healesville have no hope for survival without captive breeding. We are such an arrogant species. We think we can survive as we make our planet uninhabitable to all animals including ourselves. Arrogant and ignorant. Is that our species legacy? Truly terrible.

  11. Wow – these are awesome, Cindy – I seem to run out of adjectives for the birds you photograph!
    Truly astonishing – how’s that??
    Regardless, I always love your photos. Thanks!

  12. Oh wow, these are incredible. What gorgeous colourings. It’s so sad to read that two subspecies are endangered. Cockatoos really are very impressive and beautiful, and you’ve got some wonderful photos!

    Caz xx

  13. Aren’t they simply gorgeous! Your bird photography is stunning, Cindy and a true joy to watch. Sending you good vibes from the coast of North Norfolk. We all hope to hear some much needed good news from your part of the world. Take care. x

        1. Hang in there Brad. Don’t ever argue with a fool. They love to try and drag you down to their level. Don’t let ’em. You are awesome my friend დ

  14. OMG you were at Healesville!!!! I have so many memories of that place from childhood. I was born and raised in Melbourne, a real city child, but a fairly frequent summer Sunday outing was to Healesville for the day for a BBQ. It was my first introduction to real kangaroos, emus, and platypus. I’m so glad it still exists. Thank you!
    Alison

    1. It is the second time I visited. I am so impressed with the work they do. It was especially moving this time as I arrived towards the end of the fires. How wonderful that you spent Sunday picnics there as a child. What wonderful memories this must conjure up. There is so much bird and wild life in The Yarra Valley too. I want to go back one more time and visit Kakadu.

        1. You are the person who entirely gets how I feel about your country and continent and all the critters therein. It is just so amazing to me. It is in fact Oz without the wicked witch and her flying monkeys.

  15. Cindy , Greetings. One of the most amazing blogs of our time. I am so happy to see many beautiful things here at one blog. Extremely beautiful. Thanks for the follow and its amazing to be on this blog. I will visit again.

  16. Beautiful photographs Cindy, there is a very unique cockatoo in far north Queensland that is endangered to a certain degree called the red belly black cockatoo, a beautiful bird and highly visible when in flight, thank you for sharing your lovely post.

  17. WOW!!! Those are just magnificent birds! Obviously they need sanctuary since their habitat has most likely been diminished by humans. I’m so glad someone out there is doing such good work to preserve them. Then there are the poachers. Sigh. There is so much beauty in the world for us to appreciate if we just would do that. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos with us.

    1. “There is so much beauty in the world for us to appreciate if we just would do that.”
      Yes. Imagine if we all would just do that. And endeavor everyday, to not make things worse. But maybe just a little bit better.
      Love to you Marlene დ

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  19. Wow! These are cracker sharp – pun intended. Zooming in I can see you reflected in the third image cockatoo eye!
    Thanks for following my blog, reciprocated – Ill definitely be back!

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