Friday, 6 August 2010

Skywatch - Nesting cockatoos


In Rushcutters Bay park, high in this Plane tree,a pair of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos paid devoted attention to their young in the hollow of a rotting limb.


Many of your comments are focussing upon the intensity of the sky. Here is the camera data: F5.6, s/s 1/1000, ISO 100, 250mm. The Picture Style settings in my Canon 450D are those recommended by Canon for 'standard'.
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32 comments:

Lisergic Synaesthesiae said...

amazing captures.
This blue is absolutely enchanting!

Sylvia K said...

Superb captures indeed! And what incredible blue skies! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

altadenahiker said...

Birds look far better in the wild, don't they.

lizziviggi said...

What gorgeous color you've captured here! Nice action shot, too-- I'd love to look up in a tree and see these in the wild. Amazing.

Tricia said...

The sky is so richly colored - Wonderfully processed & Nicely captured!

Happy Sky Watch Friday!

EG Wow said...

Firstly, I'm amazed that you captured such great shots of the cockatoos (especially the first photo) and secondly that the sky is such an intense blue.

Max-e said...

That first photo is an amazing capture Julie. It is so nice to see these birds in the wild. I tend to associate them as caged birds and I hate to see birds in cages

Julie said...

We have a lot of cockatoos in Sydney, Max. This pair was high up, but just overhead, as I supped my coffee and nursed by grandbaby.

I agree - birds in cages I find an affront. Less so in a zoo enclosure. But in the wild, they are enchanting.

J Bar said...

Top shot. It's great to see them in the city, in their natural habitats. I saw heaps of them at the Botanical Gardens just the other day. I totally agree with your comment about Cockatoo Island. I found the island to be more fascinating than most of the art.

Davine said...

Julie these are fabulous photos. Thanks for letting us know the settings.

caughtbymycamera said...

Your pictures are magnificent.

Ann said...

Great shot. Didn't see many birds at all on the trip but did get a (not very good) shot of a juvenile wedgetail. Don't know where all the birds were, probably so much water around they are spread out. So much water in fact that we didn't get to William Creek or Coober Pedy.

Siromade said...

Oh wow that's a fantastic capture of the first photo Julie, its beautiful and the blue sky so blueee..Hoep you had a nice weekend.

Indrani said...

The first shot a stunning capture. Well done!

brattcat said...

That is one electric sky.

Rajesh said...

Terrrific captures. White birds again the blue sky, amazing.

paul said...

A somewhat obstructed view of the famous Sydney sky - but no complaints here: great bird shots, especially no.1.

And what multitasking: shoot, hold baby and have your coffee, too, maybe even with a cookie?

Julie said...

*grin* Cookie = american I had a meat pie, Paul. I am a woman of many talents, as well as arms!!!!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Fantastic blue with lovely creatures

Peter said...

Terrific action shots.

Boom Nisanart said...

Amazing what you captured !

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anjoe playhouse said...

Such birds can't survive in the wild here in Denmark - great shots, Julie!
Have a nice weekend ;-)

diane said...

Everyone has said it. Great shots and colour.

Bill said...

WOW!! Fabulous shots. Ten out of ten! I love the intensive colours in your shots, Julie.

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow this is amazing! So love the bird color and the blue sky too.

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Francisca said...

Julie, I can comment here, or I could leave the comment on any one of your seven blogs (how do you do that???). Your photos are magnificent and your prose a delight to read. I'll be back.

[Yes, I have move and travel a lot. ;-) ]

Else Marie said...

Absolutely amazing pictures. Beautiful colors and well captured ;)

Andrew said...

While Sydney and Melbourne have cockatoos, (was going to say cockies, but that means something different in Sydney) I did not know of them nesting in as close a Rushcutters Bay.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Delightful noisy creatures. On this trip our west I've seen hardly any (I usually see heaps) but quite a lot of galahs and corellas.

JM said...

The top cockatoo shot is amazing, Julie! Wow!

Joshua said...

Very nice photos - I'm excited as I just purchased a Nikkor 70-300 mm so I can start shooting birds...

TheChieftess said...

Gorgeous top shot!!! Beautiful capture of the bird in flight!!!