Sulphur-crested cockatoo Cacatua galerita

    Australian National University Campus, Canberra

    This is surely one of Australia’s most charismatic birds. 

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Gang-gang cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum

    Australian National University Campus, ACT

    To locate a Gang-gang cockatoo, you need to carefully listen for the gentle creaky hinge call that it makes while feeding. 

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Western corella Cacatua pastinator

    Rocky Gully, WA

    The western corella cockatoo has a very restricted range in the tall timber country of the south west. 

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Red-tailed black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii

    Southern Cross, WA

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Yellow-tailed black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus

    Canberra, ACT

    This enormous bird has a liking for pine cones. The thick canopy provided by pine trees results in a very dark location, this in combination with the high perching of the birds makes a very difficult subject to photograph.

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Glossy black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami

    Budawang National Park, NSW

    In addition to being the rarest Australian cockatoo, the Glossy Black is also one of the quietest, making it incredibly difficult to find. Most cockatoos continuously announce their presence. The only sound that I heard from this species was the gentle cracking of Casuarina fruits and the rustling of leaves as the leftovers fell to the ground.

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Major Mitchell’s cockatoo Lophochroa leadbeateri

    Eyre, WA

    The Eyre Bird Observatory is a very reliable place to photograph a Major Mitchell, the only problem is getting ther. Eyre is a difficult 40km 4WD south of Cocklebiddy in the middle of the bight.

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Galah Eolophus roseicapilla

    Hyden, WA

    Patience is necessary when photographing birds. I had to wait for the sun to break through the clouds for this pair of galahs to be illuminated.

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Baudin’s black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus baudinii

    Wungong Dam, WA

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Long-billed corella Cacatua tenuirostris

    Armadale, WA


    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Little corella Cacatua sanguinea

    Armadale, WA

    Little corellas feed on the ground and are easy to find and photograph. The challenge is waiting for them to display some interesting behaviour.

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

    Carnaby’s black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris

    Esperance, WA

    Most Black cockatoos feed high up in trees hidden in foliage resulting in an awkward photograph. This Carnaby’s cockatoo conveniently perched at eye level.

    Photo Credit: Darren Hamley

Great Australian cockies

By AG STAFF | August 15, 2017

DARREN HAMLEY is a coordinator of gifted education at Willetton Senior High School in Western Australia. Earlier this year he asked his students to plan an expedition to photograph every species of cockatoo in Australia. They researched the best location to see each of the fourteen species and planned the trip from beginning to end researching weather, equipment, camping locations and where to actually find the birds. All but one was captured— the Palm Cockatoo, which is isolated by floodwaters.