Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I started my new job yesterday. It all feels very new and truth be told there is a massive learning curve ahead of me.

It was in at the deep end. Half of yesterday was spent in formal induction. Then it was straight into team meetings to meet the team I will be managing and to meet the larger section we are integrated within.

Now for something completely different. On Saturday we had a bright day so Deb and I were out and about. Neither of us had much energy so we went in the direction of the city.

Once again our focus was the Yarra River. I wanted to catch piccies of a cascade known as Dight’s Falls. The falls are right near the heart of the city in the old industrial suburb Abbotsford.

Unfortunately there was a construction site on the river bank there so I couldn’t get close.Then I noticed a look out high up on the other side. I had to go a long way around. Nearly a mile downstream to cross a road bridge. Then it was into a patch of bush that follows the river almost all the way into the city.

I paused to catch these piccies of delicate Eucalyptus tree flowers. Then I had to stop and catch this view of the city. My new office is half way up one of these skyscrapers.

Then I heard something familiar, I turned and scanned the tree tops.

Can you see what I saw?
The noise was the gentle sounds of cockatoos ‘talking’ to each other .

High in the trees – a flock of Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos Calyptorhynchus funereusI have never managed to get decent photos of these large (two foot long) parrots before.

So I began to stalk closer. I managed to get a little closer,But I spooked this shy fellow.

She took off with an alarm call which caused all the others to take to the air.
I managed to snap this very out of focus shot before she disappeared through the trees. You can see why they are called ‘yellow-tailed’. There is a related species called ‘red-tailed’.

I went a little further to the look out. It wasn’t a great vantage point after all. But I did manage to get a few nice piccies of boulders in the torrent.


Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! Well done you with your first day in your new job!!!! It all sounds like it went as well as a first day could go!! I hope you came away feeling good about it though!!

Wow - those cockatoos are beautiful!! I love their heads all ruffled up!! Wonderful!

Thanks for sharing your amazing pics! Take care

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

the good thing about new jobs is, after about a month you'll totally be in the groove of things and will have forgotten all about the learning curve

Angie Paxton said...

Ugh, starting a new job is one of my least favorite things, but I agree with Falen. It's an unpleasant but short time. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Those birds are beautiful!

February Grace said...

Gorgeous pictures, Al, a real treat. Thank you for posting them.

Good luck on the new job, in at the deep end I have done before and it's exhausting at the start. Just keep swimming!


Elle Strauss said...

Being from Canada, I've never seen a cockatoo or parrot in the wild. So cool!

A California Bird & Country Pockets said...

Congratulation on the new job! So many cannot say that (have a job) these days. I hope that things go great for you! I am just getting back on track a bit. Lots going on, as usual, around here.

Kat Mortensen said...

Amazing parrot photos, Al!

Congratulations on your new job; I hope it works out well for you.

All the best,


Misha said...

Hello stranger! Haven't been around in some time. I'm thrilled that you got a new job. I hope that you'll be very happy in it.

Have a great weekend!

Amanda said...

Congratulations on your new job!! I'm sure you will learn quickly. You have such gorgeous birds there! It sure beats pigeons and bats here in Vegas. ;)