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.
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.
A pair of white cockatoos landed on the soft sand and made a meal from fallen fruit cores. It is breakfast time after all.
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.
Sporadically scanning the sandy ground, they seemed to be appreciating themselves. There was plenty of food to choose from, one wasn’t so picky.
Uuhh, This one looks tasty.
A quick smile for the camera.
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.
Like most parrots, these two are left clawed.
This means, that they stand on their right foot whilst food handling proceeds with their left claw.
The tongues works as a multifunctional tool.
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.
Some cleaning included part off this early morning routine, keeping an eye out on my movement.
My finger was kept firmly pressed on the shutter button. This is a brilliant opportunity for a few close up photos. Just fantastic.
What was that noise?
Something took their attention all over sudden.
Is danger approaching?
Their hearing must be quite well developed as they took off to the skies, shortly before a roaming dog ran by.
As much as I love dogs, this one could have stayed home for another few minutes.
Undeterred, this pair landed in a pine tree not far and continued their breakfast in safe height.
There’s no danger up here.
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.
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.
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.