Sulphur crested Cockatoo feasting on mandarin orange

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), large cockatoo found in Australia. Some keep this Australian Bird as pet, which I don’t quite agree. Got wings, must fly free.

Ever wonder what sulphur crested cockatoo’s diet is like? Today 5 sulphur crested cockatoos landed in my backyard and help themselves to the ripen mandarin oranges.

Initially, this bird took a mandarin orange and the other look on.
Before long, every cockatoo for itself. In the background you could see the other Sulphur Crested cockatoo was flying off with another mandarin fruit. These birds were expert in picking the fruit from the tree. Looks like they have done it before.
The mandarin tree in the background.
Beak first into the mandarin orange.
Took out a super juicy mandarin segment. Yummy…
After getting the first few shots, I had time to move into slightly better position for this picture. Trying to get an angle where the branch became less obstructive.
I am off… This cockatoo flew off for a second serving.
Ended up enjoying his mandarin on the neighbor’s roof.

The left over.

Some gardeners consider Sulphur Crested Cockatoo as pest. They definitely, had quite an appetite for the mandarin orange. I decided to save a few for my own consumption, left few smaller ones for them. After all, these cockatoo need some food too.

BTW, the mandarins are 100% organic. Pesticide free. No artificial fertilizer, just chicken manure and liquid nitrogen waste from a homo sapiens.

Checkout this link on Psittacine beak and feather disease that can affect Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.


My Australian Birds List

Photography Equipments

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens


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