A yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) feeds on banksia seeds near Smithton, Tasmania.
Image Credit: Photograph by Michael Schmid
A yellow-tailed cockatoo shows off his colours while feeding in Tasmania.
Congratulations to Australian Geographic Flickr group member Michael Schmid, for his image ‘yellow-tailed black cockatoo’.
This week’s Flickr pic was taken by Michael, a self-taught photography enthusiast living in Townsville:
“Wherever my wife and I travel in this beautiful country I am on the lookout for birds to photograph.
This yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) caught my eye on the outskirts of Smithton in the north-west of Tasmania.
It was one of a group feeding on fallen banksia seed pods. The light was very low, being late afternoon and overcast to boot.
However, the birds were quite sedate so I decided to risk a slow shutter speed to preserve image quality. I sat on the ground and braced myself as well as I could, held my breath and hoped for the best.
Later, when editing the image, I was thrilled to notice that the subject has a real air of serene intelligence,” he said.