Cockatoo drinking salt water?

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Subject: Cockatoo drinking salt water?
From: "Martin Potter" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:26:35 +1100
Hi Guys,

On a walk last Sunday at the mouth of the Shoalhaven River NSW, we were
lucky to see a small flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos at close range.
One of the birds flew to the ground, walked to the water's edge and appeared
to start drinking what would be salt water. I am not sure of the exact
degree of salinity of the water here , but the ocean is not far away. I have
not observed this behaviour before and just wondered if this is unusual. I
have uploaded some photos at

Martin Potter

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