HOME     Making Pictures   Charts   Stationery   Family   Garden   Stories   Computer   Games   All

White Cockatoo and Ibis

Go down to thumbnails.
Photos by Frits and Paula

sulphur crested cockatoo perched high in a gum tree

Kept singly as pets and seeming to enjoy human company, sulphur crested cockatoos are known world wide. Avid mimics, individuals are remembered as saying everything from the familiar, “Hello, Cocky,” to the no doubt useful, “Look out Len. Here come the cops!” said to have been a warning often received on Sunday afternoons by a publican who was serving drinks out of hours.

In the wild, cockies fly in flocks or pairs, screeching loudly, and often seek to drive smaller cockatoos and parrots from an area they fancy.

an ibis

Another noisy bird is the sacred ibis. One wonders whether these might be related to the Stymphalian Birds whose eradication was one of the tasks of Herakles. Although they don't eat human flesh, they otherwise fit the classical description pretty neatly. Large groups nest close together in trees near water or over swamp land, making the area below smelly and dirty. They are not an asset to farmers, and they take advantage of sanctuaries that invite visitors, patrolling paths and picnic areas to demand food.

Choose another picture or go to the top of the page.

-Fighting bushfires in Tasmania- -What sort of a keyboard is this? Or is it just a music book?- -Sea gull, shore gull.- -This is Charlie Brown patrolling the boundaries.- -Why is this foot pointing so carefully?- -Meet the platypus.- -A guesthouse in Tasmania.- -Memorial for our dog, Ebony.- -Who is Alex smiling at?- -Jen looks a bit worried. What can she see?- -A wonderland of caves.- -Frits is standing at an entrance--but to what?- -Whose hand, and what's it doing?- -This young parrot has found an unusual place to perch.- -What's this little fluff-ball that Yvonne is holding so carefully?- -Buildings by the Yarra, Melbourne.- -Tasmanian countryside.- -What is it, whose is it, and who's near it?- -A bird's eye view.- -A garden path.- -A bush road east of Melbourne- -What sort of tree is this?-



Questions or comments? I'd love to hear from you. My email address is here.

Return to top