More practice required...

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

Not sharp enough I'm afraid.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 12th April 2009, This photo: 3:53pm


  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    dave, i thought we had a similar shot again...
  • David de Groot said:
    Yours looks sharper though - I'm a wee out-of-practice on the whole bird-in-flight thing.
  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    i think i shot hundreds (lol!) before i got it right. need to sharpen my bird vocabulary as well...
  • looby88 said:
    You are being looked at !!
    Lovely birds! We do have some free flying ring necked parakeets in the UK, and they are spreading, obviously escapees, but very strange to see them. Saw some in London/Surrey the other month.
    Are these the ones that are considered a pest ?
  • SkattyKat said:
    Looks good to me David :-)
    The bird has amazing symmetry.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    He's checking you out didnt find a nice little Avian Creme surprise on your car did you? :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed! There was a large flock of them and they all scattered when I walked up, but then came back - keeping a sharp eye on me in the process.
    They're native, but can be quite destructive.
    I'd say the symmetry is somewhat of an advantage in the flying dept. ;-)
    Well if there is, he's an amazing shot, since I left the car at home and wandered a couple of hundred metres down the road ;-)
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    Great capture Dave. I don't think I've seen another shot like it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Warwick - I think I may need to practice a lot more though. At least there were a lot of them to try it out on, and they give a lot of warning they're coming with their screeching ;-)
  • - Greg - said:
    Good Shot David. It'sot often you get a shot like this.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true Greg - at the moment we have a large flock of cockatoos feasting in the grass in the late afternoons, so I might be lucky to get some more practice in ;-)
  • mitchell burns said:
    hey david.. i was just wondering if you have ever seen one with red eyes b4... i got this shot of one yesterday and it had red yes, all the rest have black eyes..

    this one is just croped on his eye
  • David de Groot said:
    That's quite odd Mitchell. All the sources I have show the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo with a black eye.
  • mitchell burns said:
    ah ok .. well i email Australia zoo yesterday, they forded the email to the bird keepers or something, so hopefully they can give me some info.. i might have found a new species ;P
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Wicked mate, love how he's looking at you, thinking, hmmm thats a nice big target!
  • David de Groot said:
    It'll be interesting to see what they say.
    Now if it were just sharper... should have used a higher iso and faster shutter speed...
  • chooks! said:
    You did quite good david :) when i was down in sydney last month i went down to this boat ramp at yowie bay(south sydney) and i took a shot of a pelican in flight,and the bird turned out blurry.Maybe i did not have the camera on a correct setting or something.
  • David de Groot said:
    I've found you need a shutter speed > 1/1000 for a decently fast shot of a slow moving bird (like a gliding pelican or cockatoo). Then you need to pan smoothly. It's not easy, and I've definitely not perfected it yet.
  • pearson251 said:
    Beautifully done .............
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • daBinsi said:
    hahaha! i enjoyed readint the comments and your responses Dave! But i enjoyed looking at the bird's image most! For me that's perfect! or i need a good pair of glasses too! hahahhaha
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe well the head isn't sharp, there's a little motion blur, but then, he was moving, and I was panning with him.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    I'd be over the moon if I got a shot that sharp :P
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah well see I've been hanging around the birding section of the Australian Photography forum - some really talented people in there, and this one's not up to scratch in comparison.