Tuesday, 5 April 2011

ABC Wednesday, L for Lovestory

Next week's post is scheduled, but I'll probably not be able to enter ABC Wednesday, as I will have a short break. And if there are any comments I am happy to answer them after 19th April.

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This story was sent to me by my daughter in Oz. I don't know who the author was and who took the photos, but I couldn't but post this story, for it's amazing!

A true story, you'll see.
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 wing.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
One of the things that impressed us was how she would
push lettuce leaves through the bars of the cage, offering
food to visitors. Last Sunday she again had a visitor.As usual he spent a lot of time sitting on the cage with a tamper proof latch.
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 latch!
He opened the door for a lot of mutual grooming and food sharing...


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He was not shy to get into the cage and would go in and out a number of times.
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 happened next...

The Babies
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 neighbour'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.

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Cockatoos make their nests in hollow logs but we noticed the male hard at work 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.

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Whenever Mum & Dad Cockatoo leave the nest, we try to get a look but you have to do it while running because Dad Cockatoo is chasing you!

Well, I hope his mother thinks he is pretty and eventually I might think so too but at the moment, both of them just look like pink balls with a bit of yellow fluff.

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.We started round 8 of the fascinating meme of ABC. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with L.


The Weaver of Grass said...

What a beautiful love story Wil - and people often do not credit animals and birds with feelings.

anthonynorth said...

Now that's a lovely story.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes!! What a beautiful love story indeed, Wil! I love it! And what beautiful birds they are! Love your photos! Wonderful! Hope your week is off to a good start! Enjoy!


Leslie: said...

The best of the week, I'd say! I'm so glad you posted this and I hope whoever owns the injured bird will enjoy her and her new "husband" and children for many years to come. I understand they can live quite long lives. :D

abcw team

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful story Wil, - lovely expression of love and you have done a grand job of capturing these pictures, at your own risk and peril.
Man thanks for sharing...

photowannabe said...

How precious. it shows that Love conquers all.
Thank you so much for posting it. I hope the daughter will receive updates so we can all share in the bundles of fluff.

Roger Owen Green said...

LOVELY love story!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

EG Wow said...

What a great story!

Ms. Burrito said...

lovely images!

Please come take a peek at the laughters at my page. Thank you!

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, my goodness, here's to Love! Delightful story and photos!

chubskulit said...

Beautiful and LOVELY choice for L.

Please come and see the Lamborghini at my page.

Paula Scott said...

Oh, what a unique and fabulous love story! Thank you so much for being persistent in recording the events as they unfolded! Now, this is the kind of thing that should make it into the news. All we ever get is negative news.
Thanks for brightening my day!

Anya said...

Wat een romantisch liefdesverhaaltje
Geweldige foto's!!!

(ik hoop dat alles goed is met U)

Groetjes vanuit Limburg :))))

Shooting Parrots said...

A heart warming story!

Louis la Vache said...

What a fantastic post - great story!

Kay said...

Wil, this is just the most beautiful, wonderful, heart touching story. The photos are fabulous. I can't wait to show this to my husband. Thank you for posting this.

Rosey said...

That is so adorable! I never knew birds could be so romantic. Sweet story and thanks for sharing that.
Hope you have a nice break!

Arkansas Patti said...

I just love this story Wil. What a wonderful mate he became and I love how he protected her.
I am sending my sister this link for she is an avid bird lover.

Cloudia said...


And I love walking your bridges.

Warm Aloha from Waikiki, dear Wil

Comfort Spiral


Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful story and beautiful birds! Thanks, Wil!

Indrani said...

Just like a fairy tale!
Have a great vacation.

Dina said...

It's a wonderful story, Wil. Thanks for making us happy with it.

Janice Thomson said...

What a fantastic story - loved every word of it Wil. Great photos to accompany - the young are rather um shall we say something only a mother could love? but gosh in a few months they'll be adorable.