Biloela Wild Cockatoos

Biloela Wild Cockatoos series by Leila Jeffreys.

'Bob' Long-Billed Corella

'Bob' Long-Billed Corella


©Leila Jeffreys 2012
Photograph on archival fibre based cotton rag paper
112 x 89 cm, 44 x 35 inch

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Bob is a rescued Long-Billed Corella who I met at the home of Daphne, a dedicated WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Inc) volunteer in Sydney, New South Wales. WIRES rescue tens of thousands of native birds, possums, snakes and marsupials in New South Wales each year and is a charity that relies on donations.

Long-Billed Corellas originated in western Victoria and southern New South Wales, however flocks have started to form in Sydney and other capital cities after aviary birds escaped and bred. One of my favourite places to see them is in Centennial Park, Sydney where large flocks dig for roots, seeds and bulbs using their long pale beak as a hoe.

It was unclear at first if Bob would be OK with being photographed but in the end he loved it. Some of his poses made me laugh as he seemed to be an old professional who knew his best side for portraits.