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Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-17 6:47
Viewed: 4140
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The are six species of black cockatoo in Australia and this is the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii). This species is fairly widespread across the continent with the exception of the arid southern deserts. They are most numerous in the tropical north and can occur in flocks that sometimes exceed a thousand individuals. This is quite an impressive sight to see, especially when in flight. Such large flocks are rare though and they are usually encountered in small groups of half a dozen to twenty birds.
They are a big bird, up to 65cm long and have a wingspan of over a metre. They primarily feed on hard seeds that are easily crushed with their massive bill. As observed here, they will also feed on figs when available.
This is a female, the males don’t have the yellow spots and the tail colour is also different. In females, the tail is orange-yellow with black bars. The males have brilliant scarlet tail panels with no bars.

I have put a near miss in the workshop where you can see the female tail colour. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to shoot a male.

This bird was with a group of six feeding in street trees at Townsville harbour. It was overcast and stormy and I didn’t think I’d have much success, but I’m quite happy with the exposure, I hope you like it too.

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Great shot, details and DOF can be a lack of contrast
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-17 7:06]

Hello Chris,

A nice photo. The pose is really funny and interesting. The composition is good. The bird is indeed very well exposed (dark birds are so difficult to expose correctly), but I think the sky is a little too bright. Nothing serious though. A very nice capture all in all. TFS!


Looks like his beak could do serious damage to someone. A real Darth Vader looking creature! I think you did well to capture this bird as well as you have, in the tree against the light.

Great shot Chris! Great exposure to get this much detail in the difficult black plumage..Excellent pose & POV - looks great chompin' on those grapes! Well done!

Beautiful shot. Every bit of the bird is so sharp and clear. Very interesting pose as well. I like it very much.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-17 10:40]

That is an interesting bird, Chris. I never knew there were black cockatoos. Learn something everyday.
Great feeding shot. Sharp details and good composition. TFS. ; )

Very expressive pose, perfect colors and sharpness. There is a kind of "human" feeling in your shot, Chris. It's very well caught and it seems the overcast day was the right kind of light to reveal feathers details without burned reflections. To me that kind of weather gives always very good natural images, like here.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-17 13:26]

realy nice photo Chris,
I like the good job here, very well composed shot, very good in pov, not realy easy, but you did it very good,
gr. Jaap

Amazing, I couldn't imagine seeing six of these in a tree in happily feeding, I'd have to visit the local Zoo.
A fantastic shot, and the tail colour is gorgeous.
An amazing capture, thanks for posting.

Good shot Chris,
the exposure is spot on. really well detailed shot.
Your WS addition shows off the tail feather colours very well.
Thanks for posting

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-17 19:27]
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A very nice capture Chris,
Excellent detail and exposure.
A great pose too.
I've seen black cockatoos in W.Australia,probably a different species to this one.Noisy things too!
Sadly I was unable to get a good shot of one.
Great work,very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-17 22:14]

Chris, sharpness here is just amazing. A very nice moment, a great picture. Even with the bird among the leaves, you managed to depict it well.

Great job.

Very nice bird, Chris.
You catch it very good. Good details in the lovely plumage.
Nice POV and well composed.
Very well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-18 4:06]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour cet oiseau dans son arbre. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done !

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-18 10:45]

very well composed while having her lunch... interestingly using the feet... really so nice moment...
I like it so much..

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-19 23:28]

Hello Chris.
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing... and for your support too.

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  • Hisam Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 22] (215)
  • [2005-06-05 10:43]

I have never seen a black cockatoo. This is a great shot,

A very cute cockatoo, have never seen a black one before. Wonderful picture!

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