A bird landed on the railing of nearby apartment, and after asking Red for help, it was identified as a Long Billed Corella. Here is a generic photo followed by my lousy photo. They like to dig mown grass areas to find roots and bulbs. I expect the nearby Albert Park Golf Course suffered some damage.
Subsequently there were flocks of black
birds flying past. They made a distinctive noise and it took me no time
to identify them as Yellow Tailed Cockatoos.
I saw a flash of white and later R
told me he saw the same from his bedroom where he was undressing for a
shower. The bird landed on a nearby balcony. I rushed for the camera and
stealthily opened the balcony door a few centimetres and pointed the
lens. Click, click. I knew the photos would not be great, no better than
the Corella photo.
But then, much excitement. As I
stood with the lens pointing through the door, the bird flew up, perhaps
attracted by our potted red cyclamen on the balcony and landed on our
balcony railing. My lens was a mere fifty centimetres away from the wild
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and I am ever so pleased with my photos of he or she wild bird. It snipped off the stem of a flower and flew away with the stem
in its beak.