TRUE AUSSIE LOVE STORY...
About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur
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
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.
Sunday 23 July 2006, she again had a visitor.
As usual he spent a lot of time sitting on the cage with a tamper
There was a lot of talking and grooming.
A bloke has to look
presentable when courting a bird!
Things got interesting when he approached the front door. . .. .
The clever fellow figured out how to undo the tamper proof
He opened the door for a lot of mutual grooming and food
Oooh that's nice! Scratch a bit more on that side, dear...
He was not shy to get into the cage and would go in and out a number of
They mated! We are looking forward to beautiful baby cockatoos.
Will keep you posted.
Later on, the whole extended family came visiting
But the special
mate was back every day so far.
We leave the door open during the day but if we forget, it doesn't matter
Cockatoos have intelligence that rival primates.
Because she has
only one wing, she stays inside or just sits on top. Guess what
At first it seemed as though he was annoyed because she did not
fly off with him and he would squawk a lot.. 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
but the neighbor's cat is not kept indoors at night 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 remain a danger because
they could stalk a sleeping bird on the ground.
Cockatoos make their nests in hollow logs but we noticed the male hard at
Digging a hole under a clump of Lilly Pilly trees. We put down a
hollow log for them but they just ignored us. 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 get near the nest or he will take chunks of flesh from 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.
Whenever Mum & Dad Cockatoo leave the nest, we try to get a look
you have to do it while running because Dad Cockatoo is chasing
Second lap running around the Lilly Pilly trees!
Well l, I
hope his mother thinks he is pretty and eventually I might think so
But at the moment, both of them just look like pink balls with a
bit of yellow fluff.