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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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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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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

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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.

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

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

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====We are waiting!

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Beautiful and busy galahs:

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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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Fantastic pictures.

Save the below picture, retitled it “Board Meeting”, and using it as wall paper on my work computer.
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it looks like SMORGASboard smile

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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!

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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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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

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I can't wait!


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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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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


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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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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...

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#155520 - 02/24/08 04:14 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Snowy'Mommy]  
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I love these pics. Made my day. Thanks for sharing. smile

#155801 - 02/26/08 11:26 PM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Gala]  
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Oops--that was "Barbara" Heindricks. I couldn't resist sitting down with them & some seeds for an afternoon. I know what you mean about the pictures. I have an album full of Angel already! I have the camera handy; I'm trying to get one of her hanging upside down in her doorway--she's such a monkey!


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#155840 - 02/27/08 06:02 AM Re: postcard from Australia/Sydney :) [Re: Donnalee]  
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wooooow... and again oh wow...really beautiful sight.. Perhaps, my next holiday..it shall be Australia..

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