Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoos fogbound at Urriarra East

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Subject: Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoos fogbound at Urriarra East
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2009 09:47:42 +1000
Friday morning, June 5, Linda decided it was a good time to photograph foggy riparian scenes so we arrived at Urriarra East at 0845 hours. Soon as I stopped the car we heard the wavering, wailing whistle-like calls of Y-T B-Cockatoos, looked up into trees directly overhead and there they were, about 20 I thought, seemingly oblivious to our presence as they moved restlessly from branch to branch and traded back and forth between nearby trees calling continually. Returned at 0945 with misty river scenes in the can and cockatoos were still there. Sat in the cosy car drinking hot tea while the cockatoos continued to fuss and fidget as if anxious to get airbourne like socked-in pilots pacing the apron at Canberra Aero Club waiting for a Molonglo pea-souper to lift then, after 30 minutes, the fog suddenly dispersed and the birds rose en bloc as I revised my estimate from about 20 to at least 30 while they issued out of the trees and flew downstream keeping directly above the water.
John K. Layton.
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