A white Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Shirley Hardy
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A white Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

About a week ago I was outside in my front yard here in Tenterfield, NSW. It was early in the morning. It was cloudy and there were a lot of white coloured to light grey coloured clouds everywhere. I heard a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo and when I turned to the west and looked at it, it was pure white. It flew over the roof of a neighbour's house. It was alone. It was heading in a south to slightly south-east direction. I observed this cockatoo for about 30 seconds, I guess, and at no time did it's feathers look dark (i.e. black) in colour. It remained pure white in colour despite it's slight change of course. It flew very low at about the top of a second storey building. 

At first I thought it was a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo or Little Corella (not sure which one of those two species are still in town at the moment) as it was all white but then noticed it had a much leaner and longer body, and slower wing flapping movement. I've never seen a white one before but now I have.

It was NOT a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. We don't get them here anymore. They all headed south in 2005 and never came back.

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