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#154965 - 02/19/08 09:11 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: 1wingwonder]  
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She did ask me why the black cockies were not popular pets in America as the whites are so popular???


I will venture a good guess. Greed! The exportation of birds between Australia and the U.S. stopped in 1992. Before that, they were trapped and shipped out based on demand. Yes, white cockatoos are popular but have you ever wondered why there are so few of the Galeritas, the nominate race of the Greater Sulphur-crested cockatoos, as pets? It's because it has been a pest in Australia for half a century and who would want a trash bird? I suspect the same thing happened, more or less, to the Blacks.

People have always wanted things that are different not things that fly in flocks hundreds or thousands. Of course this was fine with the retailers that were touting the rarity and the sky high prices.

Guess what is becoming one of the more expensive birds in the western markets, the Galerita! Why, because they are unavailable! There is hardly any breeder stock in the west because breeders didn't want trash birds then either! mad

#154976 - 02/19/08 10:03 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Snowy'Mommy]  
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If I lived near where you took those photos I don't believe I'd ever be anywhere but there. . .heck I'd never go to work! I'd LIVE in those parks. .LOL. Shoot, then I'd be the homeless crazy bird lady. Now, I'm just the crazy bird lady. smile

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

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#155002 - 02/20/08 12:44 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Heide1]  
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She did ask me why the black cockies were not popular pets in America as the whites are so popular???
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I wouldn't say they are not popular. I would say it is hard to get them and they are much, much more expensive than white ones (s.crested and correlas). And that is good. Black cockies are magnificent birds. We have red tailed ones in Western Australia and yellow and white tailed even here, in New South Wales.

Speaking of pests: you might know or not, but in some rural areas here in Australia, these parrots are considered as pests: both long and short billed corellas, sulphur crested cockatoos and galahs.

I was crying while reading an article in a parrot magazine about special device which catches corellas and s.c.cockatoos and gas them very quickly. Why? Because they destroy crops and in one case huge flock of corellas was making such a noise (more than 120 decibels) in the small town populated with shift workers plus damages around their homes (destroyed wooden parts) they couldn't take longer. Unfortunatelly, that is the world we live in: on one side we have beauty we appreciate, love and worship and on the other, we destroy that very same beauty...

Sulphur crested cockies are silly birds as well in some way, despite their inteligence: they tend to fly very low over roads sometimes and get hit by cars. It is heart breaking every time when I see...

All parrots here are protected in the sense they can't be exported from Australia. In the other hand, they are taken for granted. Like pigeons and sparrows in Europe or other birds somewhere else.

Here is the link from my webshot place. There is one album with beautiful cockies you will find really funny. I love them to death. And I am crazy bird lady as well. wink Sadly, no one around from my family or friends feel the same. Not being able to share one's love for something or someone leaves you a bit lonley sometimes...

http://pets.webshots.com/album/554080631sXIiqV

Of course, you are welcome to have a look at other albums as well. More postcards from Sydney. smile

enjoy

#155017 - 02/20/08 03:07 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Gala, Thank you SO much for sharing all these pictures. I was in Sydney 16 years ago, and was in complete awe of all the wildlife there. I would LOVE to get back someday. I look forward to seeing more pics, it's so amazing how they come and eat right from your hand! It makes me sad for my birds who don't have the freedom to fly free as they should though.


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#155031 - 02/20/08 04:59 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Cassie's_girl]  
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Heh, if you don't see cakes and chocolates every day or at all, you don't mind taking them from the hands once you spot them wink. I guess that's the explanation.

I don't know how many photos are active, I will post some here. Sorry if doubled with some of previous links.

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/7484/dsc033627my.jpg

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=====Watch his crest, he was chasing magpie and wanted to look serious :):):)

http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/3782/dsc032985ex.jpg

====He calls: c'mon birdy birdy, where are you?

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====We are waiting!

http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/5458/dsc034753ba.jpg

http://img469.imageshack.us/img469/2853/dsc034878tx.jpg

Beautiful and busy galahs:

http://img112.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc031444ep.jpg

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#155054 - 02/20/08 10:21 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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I am so in awe... I have already started to save up, I am going to go to Australia in about 3 years! <3 <3 <3 (less if I can afford the fare and if I can get the time off of work! Upwards of $1500 US for a round trip to Australia!)


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#155062 - 02/20/08 03:56 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: belle-ville]  
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Fantastic pictures.

Save the below picture, retitled it “Board Meeting”, and using it as wall paper on my work computer.
http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/5458/dsc034753ba.jpg

#155176 - 02/21/08 02:06 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: SnowyTheU2]  
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it looks like SMORGASboard smile

#155214 - 02/21/08 07:31 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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I am so in awe of these amazing pics you have taken, I just keep coming back to look at them again and again! Thanks for posting them and brightening up my day!

Annette


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#155241 - 02/21/08 11:10 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: MissYumYum]  
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W-O-W! Absolutely breath-taking! I get a kick out of the look in their eyes (worth a thousand words). If I could stop spending my vacation savings on my animals... I must go there. That just bumped my "swimming with dolphins" to second place!


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#155301 - 02/22/08 04:43 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Donnalee]  
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You can't swim with dolphins for hours wink but you can easily spend hours with cockies in the park. I'll put some movies soon on youtube and post the link. I have hundreds of photos and no one here can understand why do I keep all of them because "they all look the same, more or less, cockatoos, cockatoos, cockatoos...". I've heard that so many times... mad

#155327 - 02/22/08 11:31 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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I can't wait!


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#155331 - 02/22/08 12:50 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: spinnyspoo]  
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These are rainbow lorikeets, native parrots of Australia. I feed them and they keep coming back.

This is a baby. Young ones have dark beak and eyes.

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/9692/dsc025491kj9.jpg

Parents feeding their babies.

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Good lunch.

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#155332 - 02/22/08 01:18 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Wow, they look like someone dropped a box of crayons on them! Beautiful. Keep'em coming...


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#155442 - 02/23/08 02:05 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: spinnyspoo]  
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Yes, they are colourful, great & fast flyers and very noisy. They feed on nectar and it's funny to see their messy beaks with traces of flower powder smile.

Here are some moments with cockatoos. I wish the quality is better. Hard to think about settings once there are so many birds around wink.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryYDv3rK5HM

I was never scared of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4KCZiKF6CQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbkmXCS0WvE


#155443 - 02/23/08 02:39 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Those are so great. I loved watching them play with your toes, although I had to say I cringed a little bit waiting for him/her to FIND your toes!!!


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#155444 - 02/23/08 03:08 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: spinnyspoo]  
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Fantastic videos, but I do have to ask. Have you ever been bitten? With so many around and on you and bickering for the seed, have any nailed you when going for another? I think that would unnerve me to have so many big beaks on me at one time.
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#155454 - 02/23/08 04:28 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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I've got a few nips and poos so far. Some parrots can come close to pull my shirt asking for attention and there were some who wanted to nip stronger but, they are not vicious. Some observe from distance, some would nip, some allow a quick pat. No big scratches although claws can leave red skin. I don't hold them often and don't like them for too long on my shoulders or head, that is no no.

Years a go I was in ZOO and amazed with one sulphur crested cockatoo (I am coming from the country where the native birds are pigeons, crows, sparrows etc.). I was scratching him around his ear through the cage wire and he looked ok with it. Next thing he grabbed my left index finger and bit me so hard, to the bone. I ended in the hospital, stitches, tetanus injection, pain. Still there is a scar. But, I didn't develop any fear. Bird confided to the cage is frustrated being and it is easily understood: free bird is a happy bird. These parrots of great intelligence do understand so much.
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#155470 - 02/23/08 09:02 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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In this month's Good Bird Magazine there is an article about Brenda Heindricks (pro parrot trainer) going to the Sydney Botanic Gardens. She says she seen a couple teenagers feeding the 2s and she would not be so brave. She would be amazed to see the picture of you sitting on the ground feeding 13 of them. I agree with you about the 2s being so intellegent--they can smell a bird lover a mile away! Hopefully I can do that someday! : )


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#155506 - 02/24/08 01:25 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Donnalee]  
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You know birdies in parks, they love to be fed smile. Hope Brenda will have a great time in our Botanic Garden. Once she is there it will be ok, she wouldn't be able to resist having around more cockies. Of course, if she has the right food for them wink

One photo from Botanic Garden: I love them with crests up, they are even more beautifu. I have a couple of yellow feathers from crest I picked before, my special treasure...

http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/4701/cockatoosbotanicgardenstj8.jpg

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