Cockatoos and other cool photos

Australia doesn't have woodpeckers, or anything obvious that occupies that niche. There's a nuthatch-like creature called a Varied Sittella (see below), but they don't really drill into trees the way woodpeckers do in North America.  Isn't that odd? Well I thought so. That is, until I found a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo foraging for grubs on a eucalyptus tree! Check it out, these guys could go through nearly anything with their monstrous beaks (turn up your volume and you can hear it rip the bark off the tree). See the other picture below for scale. When they fly it's like a flock of pterodactyls going over. Their flight seems effortless, gliding with long wings and a tail that stretches far behind them. Not to mention their flight calls, which are in the running for one of the best animal sounds ever. Check out this link from the Macaulay Library at Cornell to listen to them: 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/128374

Varied Sittella

Varied Sittella

Cody with the Cockatoo tree for scale. 

Cody with the Cockatoo tree for scale. 

Byron Bay, we saw whales from here! Humpback whales migrate North up the coast to their calving grounds in the warmer water every year around this time. Multiple whales were breaching off in the distance as they made their way North. 

Byron Bay, we saw whales from here! Humpback whales migrate North up the coast to their calving grounds in the warmer water every year around this time. Multiple whales were breaching off in the distance as they made their way North. 

Exploring.

Exploring.