Back to the little fauna park at Kaniva…this beautiful South Eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo put on quite a performance for me, dancing up and down the branch. This species is endangered and there is a dedicated program to save them. This one also had a shy mate in a corner of the enclosure.
Back in Traralgon I saw flocks of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos fly over my house frequently. They fascinated me from when I was in Primary school and my brother and I used to collect the Tynee Tips Bird Cards that came with packets of loose leaf tea. I included Black Cockatoos in one of my early short stories. I had set my writing groups a task to write short stories for a popular competition but found myself lacking inspiration. Walking back across my yard after feeding the chooks one evening I looked up to see two Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos on the television aerial . . . the story came. It didn’t win that competition but it did set me on a new and wonderful path. It did win another competition and was also published later in Woman’s Day. That story is still my very favourite 🙂