Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Black-Cockatoo cruises over wetlands

Male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) cruises over Tyto today. The most common of Australia's six black-cockatoos - and the only one in this area - is often heard passing by but is not attracted to the wetland's trees (loves Indian Almonds).


And the red tail? Hinted at in these pictures, after brutal adjusting colour curves. Have been trying for long time to get takeoff and landing shots of birds with tails splayed to show the red or yellow (female) tail panels. Another in the 'one day' file.

Shining Flycatcher nest: still abuilding.

8 comments:

mick said...

All nice photos but the Shining Flycatcher is outstanding! btw - I see highlights in all those eyes. After your comment the other day I am now wondering if you have added them or are they as photographed? Wish I knew how to add them :-)

Tyto Tony said...

Gidday Mick: Nothing added. But nothing to it to create highlight. Most simple software has clone tool. Select tiny brush, clone tiny area from whitest of plumage and drop resulting few white pixels on to eye.

Mark Young said...

Nice post Tony. That Flycatcher a great looking bird.

@Mick, If you shoot with the sun at your back you are almost guaranteed of getting a catchlight in the eye if you wait and watch for it.

mick said...

Hi Tony, special thanks and I shall try it!
Mark thanks too but I do know about the sun at your back. Just wish the birds would stand in the right place always!

strider said...

Hi Tony, great blog, do you have an email address I could contact you on.

Cheers
Brett

Snail said...

When the sun shines through the red panel in a cockatoo's tail it looks like a stained glass window. A fantatsic shot if you can get it. They're gorgeous birds.

Mosura said...

Love the Cockies! The Yellow-tailed BC's fly over here regularly but I still haven't managed a good photo of them.

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Mark.

Gidday strider: reach me at
tonyashton0(ZERO)ATgmailDOTcom

Hi Snail: Guess the Sun will shine again soon. But aligning it with cockatoo's splayed tail might take wee bit longer.

Hi Alan: Got camera back yet??