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The Lovey Birds

 

About eight years ago a wild Australian Sculpture 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 she had a visitor who would turn out to be her Someone Special.

One of the things that impressed us about the lovely crippled bird was how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of her cage, offering food to visitors.
Last Sunday she had a visitor who would turn out to be Her Someone Special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He would spend a lot of time sitting on the cage with a tamper proof latch.

He would spend a lot of time sitting on top of 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!

He would not stop talking and grooming.
A bloke has to look presentable when courting a bird!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things got interesting when he approached the front door one day…

Things got interesting when he approached the front door one day…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The clever fellow figured out how to undo the tamper proof latch!

The clever fellow figured out how to undo the tamper proof latch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He opened the door for a lot of mutual grooming and food sharing.

He opened the door for a lot of mutual grooming and food sharing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Ohhhhh

“Oooh that’s nice! Scratch a bit more to the right, dear.”

 

 

 

 He was not shy to get into the cage and would go in and out a number of times.

He was not shy; he would go in and out of the cage a number of times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They mated.

Then the inevitable happened.They mated!
We are looking forward to beautiful baby cockatoos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later on, the whole extended family came visiting but the special mate was back every day so far.

We leave the door of the cage open during the day but if we forget to shut it at night it doesn’t matter. Cockatoos’ intelligence can rival the primates’, enabling them to take care of themselves. Because she has only one wing she stays inside the cage or sits on top of it. One day the whole extended family came visiting but the special mate is there everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At first he seemed annoyed

At first he seemed annoyed because she would not fly off with him and he squawked a lot. But he soon came to understand that she could not fly so he just stayed. However, she was no longer returning to her cage. The two of them would stay in the trees in our garden and because the yard is well fenced they were safe from dogs. The neighbour’s cat is not kept indoors at night though and we often have to chase it away. Chances are the cat would come off second best in a confrontation with a cockatoo but at night cats are a danger because they could stalk a sleeping bird on the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Babies

 

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Cockatoos make their nests in hollow logs but we noticed the male hard at work digging a hole under a clump of Lilly Pilly trees. We put down a hollow log for them but they just ignored it. The nest he dug was a hole with a short tunnel leading off to where she laid her eggs. Once there were eggs in the nest, the male became extremely aggressive. You better not come too close or he will rip chunks of flesh off your foot. It was difficult to take these pictures because I literally had to steal them while running away from the male.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We kept a vigil to see how things were progressing. They took turns incubating the eggs and covering the tunnel. After about three weeks, the eggs hatched. Have a careful look at this picture and try to spot the bit of yellow fluff.

We kept a vigil to see how things were getting on.
They took turns incubating the eggs and covering the tunnel.
After about three weeks, the eggs hatched.
Have a careful look at this picture and try to spot the bit of yellow fluff off centre.

 

 

 

Whenever Mum & Dad Cockatoo leave the nest, we try to get a look but you have to do it while running because Dad Cockatoo is chasing you!

Whenever Mum & Dad Cockatoo leave the nest, we try to get a look but you have to do it while running because Dad Cockatoo will be chasing you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I hope his mother thinks he is pretty and eventually I might think so too but at the moment both of them just look pink with a bit of yellow fluff.

Well, I hope his mother thinks he is pretty and eventually I might think so too but at the moment the babies just look pink with a bit of yellow fluff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How’s that for a true Aussie Love Story?

 

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