Biloela Wild Cockatoos

Biloela Wild Cockatoos series by Leila Jeffreys.

'Commander Skyring' Gang-Gang Cockatoo

'Commander Skyring' Gang-Gang Cockatoo


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

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Commander and Mrs Skyring live at Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney. Before I photographed them I was able to observe them together and they acted like any other married couple, sharing cuddles, grooming… the occasional squawky disagreement.

Mrs Sykring (grey face) started destroying the wooden perch as soon as she sat for her portrait. She was more interested in eating a peanut than paying me any attention. Then suddenly when she was ready, she turned on the charm. I got so many great photographs it was very hard to edit the shoot.

Commander Skyring (red face) was very different in personality. He remained composed throughout the entire shoot. He kept quite still, watching me closely. I felt like he knew I outranked him and he was waiting for my orders.

Gang-Gang Cockatoos live in small flocks in the south east of Australia. They set up supervised crèches for their young so parents can take turns feeding away from the nest site.

Like Commander and Mrs Skyring, Gang-Gang couples mate for life and often live until they are sixty-years of age.