“I was birding around my estate this morning when I was graced by the presence of one, and then two, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita).
“Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos have lived in my estate for quite a long time, we have been hearing them since my family moved in four years ago. I have seen three individuals flying around the estate more recently, but I only managed to photograph a pair today.
“From time to time, they venture out to sit on lamp posts along the roads or fly around the Bishan area, having fun and calling loudly as parrots do
“The first bird I saw was thoroughly unconcerned by my presence and indulged in comfort behaviour: stretching wings and straightening out feathers (above left). Much to my delight, it was joined by another bird, presumably its mate. They began to preen each other and as they did this, one of them opened up its crest (above right), perhaps to allow its mate to preen its crest feathers or to express enjoyment of their mutual affection! When they had tidied themselves up they took off in opposite directions, one disappearing into a cavity in a dead tree branch (below right). It peered out curiously (at me?) from time to time. I wonder if they would have tolerated my presence if there were nestlings.
“On a side note – one of the cockatoos is an escapee. In the photo (above left), I have circled the chain in red. Perhaps the bird bit off the chain and escaped from a previous owner. I only noticed that detail while looking through my photos. I’m not sure if the other bird is an escapee as well, I didn’t manage to see any similar chain.”
16th January 2011