Free as a bird, Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Early morning bliss at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Early morning bliss at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

The northern beaches around Cairns offer plenty of good free camping spots by the beach. Not quite legal as sign posts outline, yet, no one seemed to be offended when I did. The Trinity Inlet is surrounded by creeks and eucalyptus forests, a haven for wildlife. Parrots are naturally shy and avoid human contact as much as they can. Things were a little different on this particular morning. I decided to watch the sunrise by the beach. There isn’t anything much better then starting your day in tranquility. The serenity and harmony within nature itself at this time of day is just fulfilling.

Parrot haven at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Parrot haven at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

I noticed a flock of white cockatoos swarming in between pine trees and eucalyptus trees earlier, but they were too quick to handle for my early morning reflexes. Whilst sipping on my coffee by the beach, watching turtles over the rising sun, I heard some white cockatoo croaking in the forest behind me. Naturally, this commotion took my interest instantly.

Surprise at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Surprise at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

A pair of white cockatoos landed on the soft sand and made a meal from fallen fruit cores. It is breakfast time after all.

Morning inquisition at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Morning inquisition at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

They appeared inquisitive, but not as timid as other white cockatoos. Both of them didn’t seem overly bothered by my appearance, camera in hand.

Yeah but! Not this one!  at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Yeah but! Not this one! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Sporadically scanning the sandy ground, they seemed to be appreciating themselves. There was plenty of food to choose from, one wasn’t so picky. 

That’s more liking it! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

That’s more liking it! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Uuhh, This one looks tasty. 

Smile! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Smile! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

A quick smile for the camera.

Yummy! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Yummy! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Bon appetite.

Delicioooo! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Delicioooo! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Exquisite!

Zooming in to a happy smile at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Zooming in to a happy smile at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

I couldn’t let this photo opportunity go pass unused and zoomed in on both parrots. I really appreciate being close to birds and wildlife in general. It wasn’t any different this time.

A lefty at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

A lefty at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Like most parrots, these two are left clawed.

Clawy Skills at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Clawy Skills at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

This means, that they stand on their right foot whilst food handling proceeds with their left claw.

Multifunctional tool at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Multifunctional tool at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

The tongues works as a multifunctional tool.

Yellow beacon at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Yellow beacon at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

The yellow crest stuck out like a beacon on a cloudy morning. These two white cockatoos surely relished themselves by the beach. A tasty morning snack added.

Cleaning carefully at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Cleaning carefully at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Some cleaning included part off this early morning routine, keeping an eye out on my movement.

Photos and more photos at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Photos and more photos at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

My finger was kept firmly pressed on the shutter button. This is a brilliant opportunity for a few close up photos. Just fantastic.

A strange sound coming from somewhere at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

A strange sound coming from somewhere at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

What was that noise?

Something isn’t right! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Something isn’t right! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Something took their attention all over sudden.

What do you think? at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

What do you think? at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Is danger approaching?

I am out of here! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

I am out of here! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Their hearing must be quite well developed as they took off to the skies, shortly before a roaming dog ran by.

Taking my brekkie with me! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Taking my brekkie with me! at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

As much as I love dogs, this one could have stayed home for another few minutes.

Breakfast with a view at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Breakfast with a view at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Undeterred, this pair landed in a pine tree not far and continued their breakfast in safe height.

Save and sound at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Save and sound at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

 There’s no danger up here.
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It was only after I looked through the photos, that I noticed shackles on both of their feet. This explains why they were used to human contact. If they escaped from their cage dwellings or may return to their home wasn’t clear.

Breakfast with a smile at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Breakfast with a smile at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

But the fact that they were hungry and eating out may suggest an indefinite departure from their holders. Good for them really, as I personally don’t like the idea of caging any animal.

Free as a bird at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Free as a bird at Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia

Eventually, they flew off into the meanwhile blue sky as free birds. I went back to the beach. My coffee had gone cold meanwhile, occupational hazard I call it. What an interesting breakfast intermission. Surely the best way to start this day.  

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