Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - Science Park, South Australia by Dan & Emma Monceaux

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Just a short walk from my studio at danimations, this Sulphur Crested Cockatoo was resting in the shade by the Kaurna Cultural Centre, Science Park. As we checked each other out, it raised it’s comb plumage and a gust of wind ruffled through its feathers. While the bird appears to look content in this portrait, it had a nasty open chest wound and looked a bit worse for wear. I wonder if the wound was self inflicted (ie, from pecking at mites or ticks of some sort) inflicted by other birds establishing a ‘pecking order’ or was caused by something else altogether.


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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    1 image per day / March 18, 2011 / Limit 20

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Wow Dan what a beautiful bird! What a beautiful shot too, fabulous detail!

  • Thanks! Yes, one of my favourite birds the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. We are lucky to have a flock of these who roost in a park near our home in the warmer months… at it’s peak the flock is about 30 birds strong

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous bird and capture!!

  • Thanks Carol! Yes I was very very fortunate to be able to get so close… and capture the plumage display!

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 3 years ago

    What a great picture! Great composition, love the colors…just beautiful!

  • Thanks Marie, they’re worderful birds… thanks for the compliments on the shot!

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 3 years ago

  • Wow, thanks Ruth!

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123over 3 years ago

  • Wow, thanks Elaine! NIce mascot, by the way

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • paulinea
    paulineaabout 3 years ago

    beautiful shot. love it.

  • Thanks Pauline! It was a fortunate moment.

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

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