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Today I was totally blown away by the appearance for the first time in the 8 years I've lived at Deception Bay, of some YTBCs. Grabbed the camera and snapped away. Against the grey sky, the black birds don't show up all that well and I've tried to lighten the photos to get some detail. There's 5 photos and 2 scans at the end of my 'Critters Which Share the Yard' album.

Although they are rare to me, apparently they are not all that rare but regardless of rarity or otherwise, I am honoured that they chose to eat my Banksia seeds.

We were just about to go out and had raised the garage door to see 3 birds (mum and 2 kids) sitting on the Banksia tree not 3 metres away. They did not cease chomping (mum) or whining (1 kid) while we stood and watched them and I took pic after pic (thank goodness for digi cameras!).

Enjoy the pix! - try this link: http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/photo/mum-and-1-child?context=alb... and see if it leads to the other 6 photos of the Cockatoos.

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Comment by Scarlett on November 30, 2010 at 10:04
lovely birds. i have a giant bag of old prints too. now i worry about all of the digital photos i have to keep safe on computers and back up drives and DVDs that blow up/ scratch etc before i get around to printing them one day...i figure i at least better make a photo album for the kids...
we went up to the sunshine coast for the weekend and there were yellow tailed black cockatoos in the banksia tree out the front! I don't think i would have spotted them if it hadn't been for your post
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 29, 2010 at 21:46
Oh, ah ... thank you Florence, I'll look into that! :-)
Comment by Florence on November 29, 2010 at 14:16
Just clarifying ^^ Snapfish is an online service http://www4.snapfish.com.au... so they deliver to your door, but as mentioned have pick up option from kmart or rabbit. I've printed out some photos planning to hang them up, but I still haven't done them after few years... so yeah, I know what you mean. Calendars are good though... I actually use it ^^
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 29, 2010 at 13:34
Thank you for your suggestions, Florence and Donna :-) There's no Snapfish around here and the closest KMart is at least 10 klms away making it not a goer for just a couple of photos. There's a Kodak shop at Morayfield Shopping Centre but we rarely go there. I've stopped worrying about printing the photos. When you see the huge swag of colour prints I have when I had a film camera, not in an album and just gathering age and dust, you will appreciate my not wanting to add to the heap! I love taking photos and that's where it ends ;-)
Comment by Florence on November 29, 2010 at 11:36
Pick up from Kmart or rabbits, but they still charge postage, just less than direct to home :)
I've got to finish making my 2011 calendar before their special finish ...... aaarggggghhhhh... only up to April and found I didn't have many photos taken in April!
Comment by Donna on November 29, 2010 at 10:13
Elaine, snapfish is great and often have really cheap prices... think they also allow pick up from somewhere - possibly Kmart but I find the postage is cheap enough not to bother.
Comment by Florence on November 29, 2010 at 8:39
I use snapfish.com.au when they have specials on... let me know if you want to join up, I will send you an invitation so I can get 20 free prints :P
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 27, 2010 at 11:58
!! :-) The circle is the easy part! No colour printer, for high quality colour printing especially on textured paper a dye sub printer is the go. We had one, it didn't work for us; that's the type of printing done by those booths you see around but the buggers who own them want around $5 just to use the booth. I'll settle for just the digi pic and pass on the printed one.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 25, 2010 at 11:32
Thank you for the comments, Florence :-) There's some different species of black Cockatoos and they are more or less specialists in the food they eat so unless you're near whatever-it-is food trees, you wouldn't see them. And camouflage on a dull day it really is, except that they don't keep quiet I would not have seen them. I was surprised to see them eating Banksia seeds as I thought they ate Casuarina seeds but then it's probably a different species.
Comment by Florence on November 25, 2010 at 9:02
Great capture of the cockatoos on your photos. I have never seen them before (maybe they camouflage better than the sulphur creasted cockatoos), but we suppose to have black cockatoos in our nearby forest reserve ~~

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