These Black Cockies arrive suddenly and leave just as quickly! One day the pine trees are quiet, the cattle are grazing without a care in the world… and then suddenly… “SQUARK, squark, squark’! They’ve arrived.
I’m sure these attention seekers have got no idea how loud their call is and how frightening it is for the stock when they fly in mobs of fifty or so over the sheep or cattle, yelling at the tops of their voice! It’s not unusual to see a mob of cattle suddenly take off across a paddock with the Black Cockies above them.
They’ve been back here about three weeks, talking, squawking, and picking at the pine cones, either on the trees or ground. Anthony jokingly calls them drought birds. They were here heaps last year when it was dry and should’ve been raining… they’ve appeared again as the lack of rain begins to bite once more.
Apparently Black Cockies aren’t supposed to frequent the east side of Esperance, so we’ve been documenting their arrival and departures as often as we can… I think I’ve just proved their on our farm wouldn’t you say?