Sunday, December 21, 2008

Featuring Arthur, The Crazy Cockatoo

I would like to re-introduce Arthur, the sulfur crested cockatoo. He was raised mostly by Alec's family after an unfortunate start in life, and is now, at around age 34, a vocal member of the family. He currently lives with Alec's dad in Newcastle and has been left to us in his will - ruh-oh!

Arthur and Alec are old friends. He likes to scream "Aleeeeec" and have the underside of his wings scratched.

Nice birdy, but don't be fooled. Evil lurks within.





Notice the dexterity with which he eats things out of his foot. This should have been a warning to me.

Oh hai!

Close-up!

Ummm ...

Oh crap!

That blur you see is the birdy eating the front of my camera, which he then spat at me. Nice!

Lesson learned - only photograph cockatoos with a long lens. Don't get close enough for them to EAT it.