WARNING: The following post is not quite up to date, as it contains material that I have gathered last week in Sydney, i.e. not New Caledonia. Furthermore, it should only be viewed by people who are not bored to death after five wildlife-related pictures. So don’t complain afterwards, do you hear me? You have been warned!
One of the things I had been really looking forward to in Sydney was to observe the parrots in the city parks – and hopefully to capture them with my camera. I was not disappointed! However, even though they are generally widespread and also quite conspicuous (loud!), I didn’t find it that easy to actually find and photograph them.
As far as I know, there are basically three common species of parrots to be found in Sydney. One of them is the sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), which is really massive and very loud, and not shy at all!
Wikipedia will tell you the following: ‘A highly intelligent bird, they are well known in aviculture, although they can be demanding pets.’ Now that’s one thing I can believe. They definitely look like trouble!
But aren’t they also really cute? I never saw them alone, always in company.
Another parrot species is the little corella (Cacatua sanguinea), a lot smaller than the first cockatoo, and also with a generally more modest appearance, if you know what I mean.
The third one, and in fact the only true parrot of these, is the rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus). I find it incredibly beautiful!
Unfortunately, I saw them mostly flying overhead at high speed, and only on two occasions actually sitting in a tree not too high above the ground.
Can you understand why I am so fond of these creatures?