As you all know we have been very lucky over the last few weeks to be visited by our wonderful quacky friends! Well they no longer visit as they have produced a gorgeous little family and have relocated back down along the waterfront. We do miss them but this is a much safer place for them to be. Away from predators of not only the 4 legged kind but also the mechanical ones as well.
The strange thing is that as those feathered friends moved on we are blessed with another feathered friend. My fiesty little foxy, Morris was in the garden yesterday and just as well I was very close by as he discovered on the lawn at the side of the garden a Lorikeet. He quickly grabbed it and dashed across the lawn with it screeching madly. I yelled "STOP"! (I can't speak now) and thankfully he dropped it immediately. It began hopping across the lawn. My hubby came racing out and put the dogs inside, threw me a towel so I could attempt to catch him. Now he wasn't flying but did not seem injured.
I very reluctantly tried to get him with the towel but the size of his beak was a slight turn off. I do like my fingers and very much need them. How would I stitch for heaven's sake!! Hubby came to the rescue and we wrapped him up to calm him while we prepared a suitable cage for him for the meantime. In he went with much to say, piercing our eardrums. I don't want to know what he was saying. I'm sure it wasn't pretty! I noticed that he did not have any flight feathers on his wings or a tail feather. No wonder the poor little buzzard couldn't get off the ground.
After a restful night sleep I rang "ARC" which is a wildlife caring society for native birds and animals. They were very helpful and told me he is a "RUNNER". These are Lorikeets that are born with a virus that prevents their flight and tail feathers from growing. They survive for a short time by climbing but eventually something in the wild gets them because they cannot fly. They have given me permission to keep him because we are a very suitable family to care for him and they are bringing him a friend, also a "RUNNER". They are very much a flock bird, so they need company. As sad as it is to cage these gorgeous native birds, it is also saving their lives which I am extremely happy about. Being a HUGE animal lover and all. We haven't named him yet and our son doesn't know we can keep him yet, so he will be thrilled. He adores birds. Jack will have some whacky name for him, no doubt. I have some pics to show you.
Here he is. Is he a handsome boy! Hopefully later today he will have a much larger cage and a buddy. I have taken a pic of his back and as you will see he has no long wing or tail feathers. They look rather stumpy compared to their fellow Lorikeet mates. For any overseas visitors who are not fimiliar with Lorikeets, they are noisy, fun loving and very cheeky birds. They are just gorgeous to have around. They fly in large flocks and eat all the nector out of our native flowers such as Bottlebrush and Grevillea's. A must for any backyard.
I also have a quick sneeky peeky to share with you all. Just a small one. It is a project that I am working on for Country Threads Magazine. I have my hands in many pies at the moment, but moving toward some very exciting things. Hope you all have a great weekend, I have 2 Christmas parties to go too. WOOHOO!
Until next time..........
Flying "In Stitches"