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

259 thoughts on “Black Beauties~

  1. Pingback: Black Beauties~ β€” (Another treat from Cindy Knoke) | Rethinking Life

  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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™₯

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  5. 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! ❀

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  6. 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.

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