Birds, Daily Life, Fun, Nature Notes

Meet the local hooligans……

This is for Tessa who likes posts with big photos 🙂

Several times during the year Kiera has a spring clean – well I should say every couple of months after her beauty treatment (shush don’t tell her it’s flea prevention) all her bedding has a good wash and brush up.  Being the last of a long line of cats in our home (pets and breeders) she has seems to have plenty of beds and bedding – during the time of the Black Saturday bush fires I donated loads to the Animal Aid – yet look indoors, on the deck, in the outside run and in the garage and you’ll find somewhere she sleeps with bedding that needs laundered.

So find a good sunny blowy day, grab it and away we go

Clean beds for Kiera

Pegging it all on the line a couple of weeks ago  I could hear chattering   noises along with the odd squawk in next door’s oak tree and looking way way up (to the red dots) saw these two looking down at me.

1 cockies in the tree

23

Yes, a couple of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos from the noisy flock that hangs around the neighbourhood had decided to spend the day up there and not to move on when ever the rest of them had flown off earlier that morning..

There are times when no one’s around you’ll find some of them checking out the grass on the nature strip looking for things to nibble on.

cockies on the nature strip

They love pottering around on next door’s roof and seem to find all sorts on there to amuse themselves with

cockies on the roof

They have a penchant for hanging on the power lines much to this neighbours annoyance

cockies surveying the neighbourhood

Because this is what they usually end up doing
Shades of ‘Tarzan’ or maybe they fancy themselves doing a high wire act in a circus lol

cockies on the power lines

Then there are the ones who will take a fancy to whatever might be in the other next door neighbour’s bins

cocky on the lookout

Cockies in the bin

Look at most of these photos and you’ll see the one on look out duty
just sitting to one side looking around.
Did you find them – the ones on the tv aerial looked like they wanted to get in on the action as well lol

Even if they are noisy they are fun to see around.  Yes, they are fun to see but in some areas can be a pest.  Just ask farmers out in the bush.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulphur-crested_Cockatoo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacatua

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatoo

Linking to Nature NotesHERE

nn-logo

36 thoughts on “Meet the local hooligans……”

  1. G’day Cathy. Lovely photos. When we had the farm we would get a couple of hundred Cocky’s fly over every morning and then back every night. Many would land in the front garden and I would run out like an idiot to chase them away. I became known as the Cockatoo lady, because I would always be taking injured ones that I would find on the side of the road to the local vet here in town. That all stopped when one that had been hit by a car managed to get it’s head free from the blanket I had it wrapped in and bit me through my second finger on my left hand. I still kept hold of the bird though and went into the vet with blood pouring down my hand. The vet rang the local doctors office to alert them that I was coming down and that I would need assistance straight away. My finger was a mess for quite some time. The bird, by the way survived and was treated and released a week later. Take care. Liz…

    Like

    1. Ouch bet that hurt – ungrateful so and so! I reckon there must be at least a hundred in our local suburban flock. They roost in the trees in the park down the road and you can hear them talking for hours before they settle.

      Like

  2. Oh, they are distraction buggers. They have made such a mess to our local school. And cost us thousands to damage to our pool.

    And the screeching!

    Not loved around my suburb I can tell you.

    Like

    1. I’ve read and been told about the destruction they cause elsewhere Lucinda – haven’t heard of it near us tho, maybe up in the hills (Dandenongs) but if so there isn’t a lot of publicity about it. Seems to be out in the country areas – I’m sure others could put me right on that.

      Like

  3. I’ve not seen in cockies spinning on wires in real life. They are wicked but fun birds. The illegal SP bookies used to call their lookouts ‘cockies’. Now I know why.

    Like

    1. I heard that about bookies and cockies and for years never knew why. Travelling one year I had an old country farmer explain it to me – he never did tell me why country farmers are called cockies tho lol

      Like

  4. Beautiful photos. It was so nice to see trees ! All we can see is snow and a hugh snowstorm coming Tuesday night. Not looking forward to that. It will go quickly now the sun is stronger. Have a nice day.

    Like

    1. There is one thing about most of Australia – you’ll find non deciduous native trees all over the place.
      Hope you are finished with the snow for this season Germaine – mind you it is good crafting weather isn’t it.

      Like

  5. Hi Cathy, I’ve never taken note but, yes, I see what you mean about one always being the lookout.
    They are funny to look at and I know how much damage they can cause but they’re good subjects for photos aren’t they. Cheers now :D)

    Like

    1. Crows I certainly don’t like – gulls of the sea kind aren’t too bad although they seem to wander (to be found) more and more inland. You can often see them flying around above where the the local tip/dump is. Must be more tasty morsels found there than the chips they scavange off people eating fish and chips on the sea front lol

      Like

  6. I have always thought of cockatoos as distinguished and elegant birds and now, to learn they are such comedians and crazy acting birds, I am shocked. Of course I have only seen them in cages before so there wasn’t much room for them to misbehave. How nice to know they are just like the rest of us:-)

    Like

  7. How interesting. Especially the ones spinning on the wires. I had to smile at all that laundry for one cat. My cat has one bed of her own but mostly thinks that every piece if furniture in the house belongs to her, as well as my lap whenever I sit still long enough.

    Like

    1. I’m sure if Kiera had started out as an only cat there would only be one bed – if that. These are all from when there were lots more in the household and she seems to move from spot to spot favouring not one in particular but using them all!!

      Like

  8. -clapping hands- Tessa~ says Thank You!!!! Super-duper big pics! I love ’em! Doesn’t everyone????? And with my present Background, your posted photos are bigger than mine, even!!! 🙂

    I saw a pet Cockatoo once, way back when our youngest son was at Notre Dame College. One of the priests there, had one. A true pet. So cool. But living in the Northern Hemisphere, we don’t have them around, like you do.

    Betcha’ they are noisy. But as you said, interesting to watch, doing-their-thing. And pretty. I suppose they are too numerous there, to be looked on as pretty. But they are.

    Again thank you! Both for the biggggggggg posted pics. And for another peek into your “neck of the woods.” Blogging is super, for allowing us to see, around the world, as it were.

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa~
    (Upper NYS of the US)

    Like

  9. Great photos Cathy! Must be wonderful to see them even though considered a bit of a pest in such numbers, but how I would love to see the sight of them.

    Like

  10. What a cool post, I love the cockatoos. They are beautiful birds, it is hard to even consider them as a pest.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

    Like

  11. Oh there you go. I like clothes lines and miss having one. That’ photo is enough to make me long for the old days. We have dog beds all over the place,up stairs and down.

    As for birds, we have seven parrots, all smaller and all African or South American. I’ve had several members of the Cockatoo family…parakeets, cockatiels, and one snowy white coco too, relatively small. They are so love able,but dusty. My allergies forced me to give up the Cockatoo. The Cockatiels (I adopted two) either died of old age, or were killed by one of my African parrots. I raised parakeets for a while, but my female died from becoming egg bound and I stepped on the male who insisted on being under my feet. He was a little lover named Larry and I miss him.

    Not getting any more parrots,although my small guys have places to go when I die..should they outlive me.

    Like

    1. That’s quite a collection you have there Dianne – do you have to have a special licence for any of them?
      “should they outlive me.” ……………yes some of them do live for quite a number of years.

      Like

  12. There is nothing like hanging some laundry in the air. I need to do the cat beds here.. I love your hooligans… They seem like very smart and inquisitive birds..Michelle from Nature Notes,,

    Like

    1. Very smart indeed Michelle – in captivity they have been known to live a very long life and like most parrots can be taught to talk.

      Like

Comments are closed.