of choughs and cockatoos

To: 'Peter Miller' <>, "" <>
Subject: of choughs and cockatoos
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2022 01:27:24 +0000
Nice to have the Glossy Black-Cockatoos here again. The question was raised 
below about: "As well as the glossys (is that the correct plural?)" Whilst I 
think it is not such a big issue. My thoughts on this are as follows. I believe 
it is only sensible that a noun can be plural. It is Black-Cockatoo (or 
Cockatoo) that is the noun. Glossy is not a noun, it is an adjectival component 
of the name. Thus "Glossys" (a spell checker should show that is wrong, or 
"Glossies" to follow normal spelling styles) without the noun component is 
nonsensical. It begs the question Glossy what? Same with gang-gangs or sulphur 
cresteds (or any other similar word use) given as plural. The part that has the 
s is the noun part, in this case Cockatoo and Black-Cockatoo. Having said that, 
I think anyone would know what is intended.

Did your son get to look at the Peregrine Falcons using the water tower in the 
university in Orange? There is a great set of permanent cameras watching them 
and you can get an intimate view on a computer or even smart phone of the lives 
of Diamond & Xavier, the current Peregrine Falcon occupants of the tower.


-----Original Message-----
From: Canberrabirds  
On Behalf Of Peter Miller
Sent: Saturday, 26 February, 2022 11:26 AM
Subject: of choughs and cockatoos

Morning everyone,

Out for a walk with the dog and son recently returned from Orange on Mt.
Majura this morning. A bit below the summit, heard a call which sounded
quite similar to a glossy black cockatoo. I haven't seen them on the
mountain since the the fires 2 years ago so investigated.

However, my normal tin ear had been fooled by a couple of young choughs
begging-it really was quite a similar call but on reflection not quite
as "ringing" as the glossy's squawk.

Anyway, continued on to the top and saw the resident peahen at the radar
station which is always fun. Also at the top, were three
needletails-flying around who headed off  in an easterly direction.

On the way back down the "Casurina trail", the track that cuts across
the slope above the two dams on the southern side of the mountain, we
heard another call-and this time I'm like-yup-that's definitely a glossy
black! So even though our stomachs were both complaining about the lack
of sustenance, we hiked up in the direction and this time, there really
were two glossy blacks, first perched in dead eucalypt, and then
obliglingly circling and showing off those fantastic tails-so beautiful.

As well as the glossys (is that the correct plural?) we saw numerous
sulphur crested perched high in trees against a luminous sky and then
coming back across the front, a family (3) of gang-gangs near the tree
in which they attempted to breed this year-so possibly that pair with

Anyway, a lovely way to start the weekend. As my son said having
returned from living in the large metropolis of Orange, we are so lucky
having the bush literally as our doorstep!



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