October 4, 2013

Pink Cockatoo, Parrots in Paradise

Photograph by Joel Sartore

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

This Major Mitchell's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri), also known as Leadbeater's cockatoo or pink cockatoo, lives at Parrots in Paradise, a bird attraction in Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia.

Sartore photographed the cockatoo as part of his Photo Ark project, through which he is documenting thousands of rare species. "Half of all the species on Earth could be headed irreversibly toward extinction by 2100. Not if I can help it," Sartore says. "That's the idea behind the Photo Ark: getting the public to look these creatures in the eye, then care enough to save them while there's still time."

Learn more about the Photo Ark and see more pictures from the project.

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58 comments
Rod Feets
Rod Feets

another great shot by the legend..sir Joel Sartore. thank you very much. 

yang yun
yang yun

好漂亮的说,还有不能用中文么?

Elliott T.
Elliott T.

"hey, check out my new hairdo! do you like it?"

Mako Tamura
Mako Tamura

Que bonita! Me gusta mucho este Pink Cockatoo! Quiero decir gracias desde Japón.

Guiomar Sosa
Guiomar Sosa

Qué maravillosa belleza!!!  Las creaturas de Dios son inigualables!!!

Carlos A Arevalo Diaz
Carlos A Arevalo Diaz

QUIERO DAR LAS GRACIAS A LAS PERSONAS QUE CREARON ESTA PÁGINA Y A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POR EL PROFESIONALISMO Y CALIDAD DE CADA UNA DE LAS FOTOS, NUEVAMENTE, GRACIAS.- 

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

A Pink Cockatoo by Joel Sartore

Cockatoo is happy for the attention from photographers and staff.

A softlight from above backlights this colourful head and shoulders silhouette.

The softlight, bounced from a white sheet below, illuminates the bird crown, head and face.

It is glowing rich light and rich colours.

 — Gary Conn

Barbara Ewart
Barbara Ewart

The coloring reminds me of pink Flamingos. Where the pink flamingo gets its unique coloring from it's diet, I understand this beautiful cockatoo comes by its colorful plumage naturally. 

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow, so brightly colored. Beautiful.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Cockatoo portrait:   Photo by Joel Sartore.

The Cockatoo is happy for the attention from photographers and staff.

A softlight from above backlights this colourful head and shoulders silhouette.

The softlight bounces from a white sheet below, to illuminate the bird crown, head and face.

It is rich glowing light and rich colours.

—   Gary Conn

Joel Williams
Joel Williams

Why am I not surprised.  I bought your lecture series and learned much.  Thank you. 

Jesus Chirinos
Jesus Chirinos

Increible belleza de una ave, ni la imaginación podría crear un plumaje como es de esta bella ave

Shirley Mantilla
Shirley Mantilla

Amazingly beautiful.  Will this become one of the jigsaw puzles?

Murat Sarı
Murat Sarı

çok iyi bir an yakalanmış , güzel fotoğraf

Joseph Wilson
Joseph Wilson

Wow..... never seen such a beautiful nature befeor.

Susan S.
Susan S.

What a beauty...Excellent work and project! Congratulations on your well deserved Photo of the Day!

antoinette amegbletor
antoinette amegbletor

Oh my it looks so adorable!!

Natural beauty! 

Lovely eyes and a nice beak too.

A well chosen background by this photographer,allows the radiant feathers to standout for viewing.

This certainly appeals to all the senses.

Thanks so much for sharing.

It deserved the award!-Photo of the day.

Cristy Mary
Cristy Mary

Beautiful picture and good project....


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