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Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 38102)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 3rd May, 2019 and uploaded on Sat 11th Jan, 2020 .
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ID38102
CommentEndemic to WA, for decades Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo has caused concern for its survival. Still common on the Swan Coastal Plain, flocks have become notably smaller, and as pairs are very slow re-producers, these flocks have an increasing average age, too. The author used to welcome small parties of this cockatoo feeding on native shrubs in his front garden in spring, but since 2009 Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo has replaced it. Only rarely do a few Carnaby’s visit by 2020. Breeding in inland areas with an annual rainfall from 300 to 750mm and feeding on kwongan vegetation, it is thought that habitat loss here is causing the slow extirpation of the species. 100-year old, tall trees with suitable nesting hollows are becoming increasingly scarce, and so pairs will slowly run out of places to nest. Interestingly, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo has learned to feed on plantation pine cone seeds, but still grave fears for its long term survival are held. Yanchep National Park; GPS. Status: Endangered
EquipmentNikon D800 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head Nikon D800: Camera Settings: Shutter Priority 1/2000s, f4.5, EV +0.3 step & Auto ISO-250. Centre Weighted Metering Mode, Focus Mode: Manual; AF Area Mode: Single Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins for noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationYanchep National Park; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, in flight, adult
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