We slowly circle the giant,
This locally revered landmark.
A cockatoo and corella are facing off
Screeching louder and LOUDER,
Adding weight to its claim for dominance,
The corella snips off small leafy twigs
Which flutter to the ground.
There is the quiet sound of buzzing,
A hive of bees is resident in a hollow.
Unseen, a pardalote ripples its call.
We gaze up into the vast canopy
5th of October 2014, Guildford
This photograph shows two branches which have fused together.
The Big Tree is a River Red Gum, Eucalyptus camaldulensis.
For those of you interested in statistics, the tree is 30 metres high and its trunk has a circumference of 9.35 metres. The canopy has a spread of 34 metres.
The tree is more than 500 years old.
In the 1990s, two roads were realigned and power lines relocated to help preserve the tree.
The cockatoo is the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, the corella, the Little Corella and the pardalote, the Striated Pardalote.