A Story of Love, Compassion, Friendship and Loyalty
About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flew into a car and broke its wing. The motorist took it to the vet in Nerang, Queensland, who had to amputate the wing. We adopted her – for which we needed a National Parks and Wildlife permit – and kept her in a cage outside where she was often visited by wild cockatoos. One of the things that impressed us was how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of the cage, offering food to visitors.
Last Sunday, 23 July 2006, she again had a visitor.
As usual he spent a lot of time sitting on the cage
with a tamper proof latch.
There was a lot of talking and grooming. A bloke
has to look presentable when courting a bird!
Things got interesting when he approached the front door…
The male Satin Bower Bird is shyer (especially of the camera) than the female. As part of his courtship ritual, he builds a bower and decorates it with bright blue objects he collects. I left a blue milk bottle lid on the outside table – it soon disappeared.
Click on the bottom photo to enlarge it and you’ll see an eggcup, a lighter, pegs, string and other treasures.