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Another backyard photo.

Monday, April 18, 2011

First of all, lookit these handsome birdies! My daughter took a good selection of photos the other night during feeding time. I love this photo because it shows the quiet and introspective side of the cockatoos we interact with. They alternate between manic activity and periods of stillness where they become soft and gentle and very receptive to a quiet chat.

I really understand why people find interacting with wild critters to be so downright seductive. When a wild thing trusts you enough to be close to you and look into your eyes with a quizzical expression, you really feel like you are making a bond between species. We are really enjoying this opportunity to recognise distinct personalities between these birds. They are such an intelligent mob! When we have twenty or more all vying for attention it's like being den mother to a group of rowdy toddlers. They fuss and squawk and snap at eachother and all I need to do is sternly say "BE NICE" and the rowdy one gives me quite a surprised look and settles down. I will absolutely never use the words bird brain to mean stupid and dopey again! It's just not true.

Went to the osteo yesterday. I forgot over the course of a month just how rigourous this Active Release Movement stuff is. Quite sore this morning and out of sorts. I can't get my temperature regulated so I'm either coming down with some mangy disease or all the weird food I ate yesterday is catching up. I didn't eat too much but I ate differently and most of it prepared outside our home.

The osteo suggested a couple sessions of acupuncture. So I'm going to try that next week.

I flustered the poor man. He's a good deal younger than I, and I figured since he works with the muscles and skeletal system, he'd be a good person to ask about my frame size. I pretty much know the answer is "large" but the poor man thought I was asking if he thought I am overweight. He hemmed and hawed and finally I said it was ok...there's no wrong answer. He was quite relieved when I steered the conversation in the direction of one size doesn't fit all when it comes to weight charts and expectations. Poor young man! We older women set too many traps. emoticon

A busy day ahead playing catch-up from yesterday. When I have to do public transportation the entire day can be eaten up just with the bus and train ride. So there's laundry and grocery shopping to be done and all I'd really like to do is sit and read a book and complain to anyone who'll listen.
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    Thank you for sharing your beautiful birds! ANd yes, birds are very intelligent.
    2500 days ago
    I read an article that birds remember you and all you do for them and they will keep coming back. One of my other friends (Bookishfabler) blogged about a bird sanctuary and I learned that fact from there. It was an amazing article she linked to. I love birds! emoticon
    2516 days ago
    I love the bird pic.. gotta friend in Cal that breeds cockatoos and parakeets... and I've had a few as pet s in the past. Thanks for sharing.
    I laughed at the dr all shook up... heehee... good for you keep him on his toes. I'll be interested in the acupuncture thing and how it goes.

    Have a great day and hope you'r feeling back to the norm soon.

    hugs... Carlene
    2529 days ago
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    Oh my wish I had those in my back yard lol.. That would make going out there a treat..
    Have a good easter sweetie! emoticon
    2530 days ago
    I love your backyard birdies!
    2530 days ago
    Thanks for the pretty bird photo. I love the stories about their personalities. I agree about the feeling of connecting with wild animals. On Nevis we had monkeys. I remember one afternoon Quintessa was singing in the yard and they all just stopped chattering and listened to her.

    I hope that you are not coming down with something. No fun.

    I'll be interested to hear how the acupuncture goes.

    Its to bad we don't live where we can have coffee and complain to each other! I have really no one to complain to over here...I would listen!
    2531 days ago
    Such a great photo. I just love animals of all kind.
    2531 days ago
    We used to have a cockatoo. He was a lovely fella but unfortunately died while I was at work. It was lovely to see your photo of them all together. We sometimes get a flock flying around the orchard next door. It is really great to listen to their gabble! I miss my fella but have since got a galah. He is not as noisy but still great to have around. emoticon Have a happy easter !
    2531 days ago
    I so enjoy your 'birdie blogs.'
    We had a parakeet when I was a teenager...just flew into our yard. I was just amazed at how 'intelligent' he was. No bird brain remarks coming from me either!

    Thanks for posting & have a super week!

    2531 days ago
    Wow! These cockatoos are so neat! I've never seen one in person before but they sound amazing! I can just picture you out talkin' to them! lol .... Love seeing your pictures!
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    2531 days ago
    I love getting peeks at your flock and hearing about how they get on!

    Let us know how the acupuncture goes. Another SP friend has started acupuncture, and has found that it's helping her appetite, as in her eating seems more under control. Wouldn't that be a nice side-effect?!

    2531 days ago
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