Well, today I’m going to post about my birds. I know this is an entomology blog but I love all of God’s creatures. Add to that the fact that I’ve been in Australia for a little over five years and have never, and I mean never, been able to get Galahs (called Rose-breasted Cockatoos in America) or Sulfur Crested Cockatoos (called Lesser-sulfur Cockatoos in America) to come within 50 yards of me. I’ve tried, but they ain’t havin’ it, as we say in the States. You can’t get a Crow here to become tame, they’re just too smart. The Cockatoos and Galahs (although extremely smart themselves) I believe run more off fear. In the fight or flight spectrum, I reckon they lean way towards flight…pun intended. But Crows, I think they’d come up, tap you on the shoulder to get you to turn around, take your food and then be gone before you knew what was going on.
Anyway, long story short, my dear mother-in-law gave me a bird feeder/bath for Christmas and I’ve been using that (and my bird mojo) ever since to try to wrangle in any bird I could. Now, the neighbour here must have some of his own mojo (or great bird food) because a huge flock of cockatoos have seemed to set up camp at his house. So, I saw my chance and have been keeping my feeder stocked in the hopes they’d make their way over.
The Galahs showed up first and I knew it was just a matter of time.
So, today I heard the unmistakable sound of the Sulfur-crested Cockatoos outside. I asked my youngest daughter to run and look (I was feeding the baby) and see if there were any “white birds at the feeder”. She ran over and said, “Yes, Mom, there’s (paused to count) five of them!”
And oddly enough I was able to get within twenty feet or so of the feeder and snap a few shots. Here’s one of my faves.
Here’s another I took as one flew away.
So, now I just need to work on getting these guys to trust me so that I can get some even better shots.
Here’s a list of all the birds that I currently have coming to feed on a daily basis:
*Magpie-larks, also called Peewees
*Blue and Green-faced Honeyeaters