A colony of yellow-tailed black cockatoos lives in the hills behind our house. We often hear their high-pitched cries as they soar high above the house, but never before have any stopped in our garden.
Squeals, presumably of delight, attracted us to the Hakea petiolaris which is in flower just now, boasting a decorative covering of pale pink sea-urchin like blooms, and there we saw a pair of cockatoos. But it wasn’t the flowers our visitors were after. They were interested in the bunches of seed pods. Rock-hard pointed capsules enclose two seeds, and it’s a measure of the strength of the birds’ beaks that they were able to open the capsule and extract the seed.
I lurked behind the shutters to take photos, but our visitors didn’t take kindly to my attempt to venture outside to get a better shot and flew away. Hopefully they found their meal in our Hakea to be worth another visit.