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Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-08 3:35
Viewed: 4642
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, B.C.

MOLUCCAN COCKATOO or Salmon-crested Cockatoo
Cacatua moluccensis

The Moluccan cockatoo is pale pink in color with a deep salmon colored crest. The bill is gray-black and the legs are gray.
SIZE: Approximately 47.5-50 cm (19-20 in.)
WEIGHT: Approximately 0.9 kg (2 lbs)
DIET: Includes seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and some insects
INCUBATION: Approximately 30 days
CLUTCH SIZE: 2-6 eggs
LIFE SPAN: 65 or more years
RANGE: Southern Moluccan Islands (Ceram, Sapurua, Haruku) and the Indonesian Islands
HABITAT: Found in dense forests
GLOBAL POPULATION: Less than 10,000

1. Moluccan cockatoos are considered pests in coconut plantations. They attack young coconuts, chewing through tough outer layers to get to the soft pulp and milk.

2. Both parents take part in incubating the eggs.

3. Moluccan cockatoos can mimic the sounds of other animals, including people.

4. Moluccan cockatoos can hold their food in one foot and break pieces off of it with the other foot.

5. Moluccan cockatoos live in small, loose flocks.

6. They are very gregarious and have one of the shrillest cries of all birds.


Moluccan cockatoos are a food source for many animals larger than themselves.

Their feeding habits are very destructive, which annoys most gardeners.

They aid in seed dispersal through their eating of fruit.

This species is very popular in the pet trade and is considered to be an exceptionally easy bird to tame. They are generally very affectionate toward humans and have lively personalities. This species is often used for show and appears quite comfortable in exhibition halls among hundreds of other birds and large crowds. One word of caution: since these birds live a long time, owners often have to will them to someone else in case they are unable to care for them any longer.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-08 3:55]

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful capture.Lighting,POV,pose of bird and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-08 5:54]

Beautiful shot,Liked the pose&nnice composition.You captured with good deails.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-08 6:23]

Nice shot Manyee and nicely composed. On my monitor the bird's head looks a little bit oe; nothing serious though. Well done & TFS!


Manyee, very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-08 12:11]

Manyee, dealing with these white feathers must have been something difficult.

But this is a very nice capture.

I guess we don't have them here in Brazil.

I like composition and pov.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-08 13:51]

Hello Manyee,
Excellent shot ! Very good POV and details, sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is good! Well done, and TFS. : )

Hi Manyee

Beautiful colours. Nice POV. Crisp, clear with good details. Good complete note. TFS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-09 13:19]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Manyee. Have a good week.

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