Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo in flight

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Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2007

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos were feeding on Casuarina seed. Because their juvenile offspring were constantly squawking (what a rukus) I was drawn off the path to watch. By finding a reasonable hide, I was able to capture them in flight as occasional bushwalkers or returning rock fishermen noisily walked the track. This bushland is located on a lighthouse reserve on Burrewarra Point, south of Batemans Bay, New South Wales.

VSchmiedeck on March 30, 2008

Great Moment great Photo

Ian Stehbens on March 30, 2008

Thank you for appreciating this photo - it did take a bit of stalking and sitting still in the grass in the vicinity of the trees in which they were feeding...and then it is a bit of persistence until you find that you are pointing the camera in the right direction! But it paid off.


Dror Ben David on April 14, 2009

Fantastic birding shot! Cheers & Happy easter

Ian Stehbens on April 21, 2009

Thanks Oronbb for the affirmation, encouragement and greetings.


D. VERDU on July 8, 2009

bonita toma, muy bien al lanzar la foto, chapoooo desde españa domingo verdu VOTAME

Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

Wow, this Australian Black Cockatoo has just been seen in España! Thanks for letting me know that you have seen it overhead, Domingo!


Henkeliduu on July 27, 2010


Ian Stehbens on July 30, 2010

It was a challenge to get in close and then to follow a bird with the lens when it took to flight. Looking up though the branches there weren't many windows, but this bird obliged and took off and flew just above. I got one shot at him with the camera!

Thanks Henkeliduu.


mad max on February 18, 2012

Hi Ian, nice shot. YTB Cockatoos are one of my favourites. So big and majestic, with such laboured flight an beautiful calls. I agree the babies are very noisy and demanding. They are a joy to find.

Ian Stehbens on February 20, 2012

Thanks madmax. Patience and planning are the keys to getting such an image. One certainly doesn't have to guess where they are for they certainly announce their presence. Glad you have enjoyed this pic.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 20, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2007/01/05 11:50:39
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1600)
    • Focal Length: 110.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash