Dozens of cockatoos flock to a picturesque beachside balcony after boy shares his breakfast

An amazing photo has captured dozens of cockatoos perched on the edge of a picturesque balcony after young boy mischievously fed them a snack. 

The picture, which was taken at a holiday home in Hamilton Island, Queensland, shows two-year-old James staring in wonder at the birds.

The picture was shared to Reddit with the caption: ‘They say not to feed the cockatoos. Guess who didn’t listen?’ 

An amazing photo has captured dozens of cockatoos perched on the edge of a picturesque balcony after young boy mischievously fed them snacks

An amazing photo has captured dozens of cockatoos perched on the edge of a picturesque balcony after young boy mischievously fed them snacks

An amazing photo has captured dozens of cockatoos perched on the edge of a picturesque balcony after young boy mischievously fed them snacks

James’ father told 7News they were eating on the balcony and the generous toddler decided to share his Vegemite sandwich, despite a sign advising against feeding the cockatoos.

‘Pretty quickly we ended up with about 30 cockatoos, so we had to grab all the food and run inside,’ the Brisbane father said.

‘He (James) got a little freaked out when they all started to fly on the table.’

James was able to make light of the situation after he was protected by the glass doors.   

‘He thought it was hilarious, he wanted to go feed them some more so I had to keep a pretty close eye on him,’ James’ father said.

The picture was inundated with comments from others who visited Hamilton Island and encountered the cockatoos.  

Sulphur crested cockatoos are commonly seen on Hamilton Island and around the Whitsunday Islands

Sulphur crested cockatoos are commonly seen on Hamilton Island and around the Whitsunday Islands

Sulphur crested cockatoos are commonly seen on Hamilton Island and around the Whitsunday Islands

‘The cockatoos on Hamilton Island can get pretty bold, one time I saw one flying away from a balcony carrying a full bag of chips,’ one person wrote.

‘One stole a f***ing book from me on Hamilton island,’ commented another. 

‘Alfred Hitchcockatoo,’ another quipped. 

Sulphur crested cockatoos are commonly seen on Hamilton Island and around the Whitsunday Islands.

They are an opportunistic feeder who do not shy away from taking food from the hands of visitors.  

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