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#154648 - 02/16/08 01:11 PM postcard from Australia/Sydney :)  
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Sydney is a beautiful city with many parks. You can often and regularly see sufphur crested cockatoos, galahs (rose breasted cockatoo), corellas (long and short billed), rosellas, rainbow loreekeets and black cockatoos with yellow tails.

It is a great pleasure for one's soul to enjoy watching them in their natural habitat.

These photos were taken in Sydney Botanic Garden. Well, these magnificent birds have love for sunflower seeds and it's true I know that! wink Not difficult to lure them. First one comes then another 3, 5, 10...

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#154650 - 02/16/08 01:29 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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What GREAT pictures!!! I have a greater sulphur crested that was wild caught in aus - heck, that might be his flock there. I just love them. You look like you're having so much fun.


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#154651 - 02/16/08 01:31 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Amazing pics! I would love to visit Australia. Have always wanted to ever since I was a child. I don't know if I would have the nerve to have so many toos on and around me though! The big beaks intimidate me in the tame toos the wild ones would terrify me I think! Nancy


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#154654 - 02/16/08 02:29 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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I do respect their beaks but they are used to people around and very well they know the food could happened smile. Of course, not that many people get a 2kg bag with sunflower seads so I guess, I get a sort of specal attention smile. I get a poo too but I really don't mind. They are real angels and you can expect one pulling your shirt from behind like trying to tell you 'give ME some please'.

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They enjoy to shred and chew branches from this tree (photo taken during winter time):

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#154656 - 02/16/08 03:06 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Those are fantastic images! To have a true wild one perch and eat out of your hand - or to be surrounded by them like that - must feel out of this world! The one shredding the branches is ... WOW!


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#154657 - 02/16/08 03:10 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Whoa, I've made the dreaded double-post!
Mods, please feel free to delete. Sorry 'bout that!

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#154658 - 02/16/08 03:19 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: hellobaby]  
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#154659 - 02/16/08 03:35 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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I love the look on the face of that one right in front of the corella. Just trundling up to the snack machine...


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#154662 - 02/16/08 05:04 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: spinnyspoo]  
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Fantastic pics, need to start saving so i can go over and see for myself!


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#154677 - 02/16/08 09:03 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: hollipop]  
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Wonderful pics and thank you for sharing Gala!!!!

Spinny you're soooooo right it looks like a large flock of "Bills".


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#154681 - 02/16/08 09:24 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Welcome back, Koala! You really have some beautiful pictures, thank you so much for sharing them. cool

#154689 - 02/16/08 11:18 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Charlie]  
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Okay, that's it! We're moving! (I wish!!)


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#154696 - 02/17/08 03:08 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Snowy'Mommy]  
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WOW, Gala... that's about all I can say.... WOW! I am soo jealous.... what a wonderful photo op.... and you did a
fantastic job! My world feels so small now.....

#154705 - 02/17/08 05:44 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Winter's mom]  
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Can I come live with you. Its my dream to visit there! I love the pictures!


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#154778 - 02/18/08 04:23 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: LeAnn]  
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:):) Thank you! I can supply the list with all parks where you can meet these beauties. Just get a ticket to Sydney and book accomodation. smile

Here are 3 videos. They were taken after meal time when coockies are happy to play and, ehm, explore. wink

http://au.youtube.com/results?search_query=frcoqla&search_type=

#154872 - 02/19/08 03:23 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Were those your feet the bird was chewing on? Cute videos!


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#154882 - 02/19/08 04:25 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Bird Mom]  
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I keep coming back to look at these pictures! I notice in some of them that the toenails look just like our birds, after a grooming at the vets. They are about the same length. Were they sharp enough to hurt? I just imagine that they were blunted.

How in the world, or where, did you manage to hide that 2K bag of seeds from that gang? laugh

#154889 - 02/19/08 05:09 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Charlie]  
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Well, I was wearing slip-ons and kept pulling my toe down inside out of beak's reach smile. These coockies get naturally groomed claws since they go around a lot and perche on trees. Yes, they are sharp, you can see on my arm some marks but there are no serious scratches or else.

I posted many movies before (under my first nick name Koala which for I managed to forget password and mail address I registered from ) but unfortunatelly, I didn't tend them and they probably expired.

http://www.mytoos.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=userposts&id=3674

About hiding food, I have a bag and take out little by little. smile

So, I guess I can start taking bookings for cockatoo-sight seeing/feeding Sydney tours. :):);)



#154958 - 02/19/08 08:32 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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OMG those pics are the best. I am totally jealous.
I wanna go see wild cockies I can't believe they will come up to you like that. WOW!!!

Look how smart they are turning the water spicket.

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#154963 - 02/19/08 08:53 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: rockinseattle]  
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Originally Posted By: Gala

So, I guess I can start taking bookings for cockatoo-sight seeing/feeding Sydney tours. :):);)

great idea! But first I have to see the Grand Canyon & drive down to visit mom2beebop after our Norway trip. So much to do, so few good bird sitters...........
Thanks for sharing the natural beauty.
I had the privilege of visiting with a gal from Australia at our pet expo booth. The stories about the amount you all see regurlary, and how it gets to be after a while.............I guess we get that way about sparrows,robins and cardinals (no a cardinal will still excite me) She did ask me why the black cockies were not such popular pets in America as the whites are so popular??? I haven't a clue, never bothered to think about it really. Anyone?

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