Black and gold: yellow-tailed cockatoo

A yellow-tailed cockatoo shows off his colours while feeding in Tasmania
By AG STAFF August 19, 2015 Reading Time: < 1

Congratulations to this week’s AG 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.

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