We’ve noticed a single Corella flying and eating with a flock of Cockatoos.  Not once, but over an extended time period.  Does it think it is a Cockatoo or has it decided that they have a better lifestyle than the flock of Corellas that flies over the property twice a day?  It doesn’t even seem to look skyward when the other Corellas are flying overhead, noisily calling to each other all the way.

The flock of Cockatoos seem to accept the Corella, although there is the odd squabble over whether it is entitled to the prime eating spots.  As a consequence, we’ve noticed the Corella can be a little bit aggressive – or maybe I should write assertive?  Whatever the case, it can certainly hold its ground.

Last week we had a sizable flock of Cockatoos roosting here overnight, including our sole Corella.  We don’t have this many Cockatoos every day.  There are three that live near the house, and handful that live in the bushy part of the property.  It seems there is a larger flock that are free-floating, and roam around the district.  From time to time they roost here, and the next morning we are awakened by the most raucous noise at dawn.  I sometimes get out of bed to observe what the fuss is about, and they just seem to be having fun demonstrating their impressive flying skills.  They circle around the dam, fly through narrow gaps in the tree branches, and seem to have games of ‘chicken’ where they fly at each other and veer off at the last moment.  All of this time they screech at the top of their voices.  After twenty minutes or so, they settle into the trees or find a place to eat.  This is where my photos come into play.  On this particular day, the Cockatoos  were digging into the ground – presumably looking for larvae of some description.  Right alongside them was the sole Corella.  Just one of the flock.

Half the Flock
The flock was quite spread out, so this is about half of them. The Corella is the fifth bird from the left in the bunch.
Digging Cockatoos
The cockatoos certainly seem to be looking for something buried. Many moth larvae emerge from the ground, so perhaps that is what they were feasting on, but I can’t be sure.
Corella with Cockatoos
The Corella with some of the Cockatoos.
One of the flock
Digging for food – the Corella feeds alongside the Cockatoos
Rambling about
I like this photo because it captures the variety of activity the Cockatoos employ when they eat. In the foreground, a cockatoo digs deep into the ground. The one on the right is busy picking up bark and searching for seeds or insects, while the one in the background is just rambling about, checking out what everyone else is up to – just in case they found something better.
Surveying the scene
Our Corella sits on a stump to survey the scene.
Looking Back: In October
This photo was taken in October 2013. I can’t say for sure that this is the same Corella, but I would be surprised if it wasn’t. Again, it was a sole Corella flying and eating with the Cockatoos. The grass was much greener back then!