25 February 2009

they make me laugh

25 Feb : cheeky larrikins

24 comments:

Nanette said...

I know how you feel, they have been monstering my sunflowers which makes for hilarious viewing.

Courtney said...

What in the world kind of birds are those? They are so crazy looking. I can't believe those are right outside your house!!

Spruce Hill said...

I can't even imagine looking up into the trees and seeing them! :)

olivespearls said...

Are those kooka---can't spell it but you know what I mean. They look beautiful and shrieky!

furrybees said...

Goodness! You do know how to make a woman homesick. I love cockies.

alice c said...

They look so amazingly exotic. Do you want to swap for a couple of robins?

Helen said...

Oh Suse I know exactly what you mean. Where I live, they arrive like a gang of young hooligans, strip the leaves and flowers off the gums while they screech and carry on. They just crack me up. I think they must be my favourite birds.

Suse said...

No not kookaburras. They are Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, affectionately known as cockies. Sorry folks, it didn't occur to me that people wouldn't know what they are.

Cockies are huge, white, noisy, raucous, cheeky birds with a magnificent yellow crest that they like to raise up and down at you. They are hilarious to watch - always hanging out in enormous flocks, screeching deafeningly at each other. And they play too, you often see them flinging themselves around on the electricity wires, hanging upside down, flipping about and shrieking at the traffic below. They can be destructive too though. They ate the windowsills at my parents house in Queensland.

Yesterday there was a huge flock of them flying about outside our place in the early morning. The noise was incredible. I tried to get a shot of all of them, but only caught these few.

Suse said...

Oh Helen's comment came in at the same time as mine. "A gang of young hooligans" describes them exactly. Fun loving, destructive, noisy, amusing pests.

Penni said...

Oh I love cockies - bogans of the bird world. They so dig that they can fly, and show off all the time. But they're absolute chickens (um...), I see rainbow lorikeets (about half the size of their bodies) bashing them up all the time and the cockies just skudder away.

Eleanor said...

Reminds me of when we first moved back to Australia and I rushed out to the backyard to admire the cockatoos, camera in hand, just as my neighbour (a gorgeous retired gentlemen, country born and bred) ran out with his hose on full blast, to scare them off.

He laughed at me and told me the story of his friend's house (I think it was up in Qld actually) which was almost completely destroyed by cockies while his friend was away on holiday.

Quite a sight, the two of us, each on a side of the fence which such different points of view.

peppermintpatcher said...

A cockatoo council - sometimes the way our politicians behave in parliament could be comparable to the behaviour up that gum tree!

docwitch said...

They are hilarious aren't they? They usually carry on like a pack of juvenile delinquents, with over-gelled quiffs.

I love your banner action btw. Beautiful work.

eurolush said...

We once babysat a Cockatoo named Sookie for a couple of weeks. All day long he would say his name over and over, SOOKIE! SOOKIE! SOOKIE!

When I held him, his head feathers would rise up and his head would bob up and down. He looked like he was laughing, with that silly bird grin they have.

Seeing them in the wild must be breathtaking! Lucky girl!

Rachel said...

I loved them too, when I was in Australia last year; such attitude! I have a little model of one on my desk as I type this. But I never got to see a possum, which is one extra reason for returning next year.....

And I'm glad you can still laugh, amidst all the difficulties you are having over there. Here's hoping that classroom fire drill won't have to be put to use.

fifi said...

oh, they are just the naughtiest birds in the world!
Where i live there are a couple of colonies: their favourite game is to hang off the streetlight fittings above the main road, chewing around the edges till the glass cover swings off. thankfully there is a metal hinge they can't quite dislodge, but i am always fearful when i see the horde descend when I am driving below....just waiting for that rash through the windscreen....

Shammickite said...

I came across a noisy flock of them when I was in Oz a few yrs ago.... the funniest birds ever!

zephyr said...

Hope I'm not tempting fate, but I'd love to meet a flock of 'em one day.

Love to read that you can laugh again.

meli said...

oh they are just beautiful. they always surprise me with just how big they are...

Blue Mountains Mary said...

I love seeing them wing over ahead - like a flock of holy ghosts..

but oh the damage they can inflict!

herhimnbryn said...

Me too! We have black and white cockatoos eating gum nuts at the moment. One day I clear the garden ( raking, raking, raking) and then they arrive and gum nuts the size of golf balls litter the place! Hey ho!

littlem said...

Great shot. Love it when they visit our bird bath

judi said...

not so funny when they literally destroy cedar window frames to the point where they need to be replaced (House in the Otways).The little vandals don't even eat the cedar just rip it to shreds.. I much prefer their cousins, the Red and Yellow-tailed black Cockatoos who are much better behaved and have a less shreiky voice.Mainly see them in pairs more than manic bully gangs.

Bwca said...

oh Fifi thank you for solving my mystery of how those street-light lids get opened up. its bloody cockies.
I think I would still love them and laugh at them even if they ate my house.

Suse - I followed you here from Sills Bend re your comment on:

"Stay off ebay!
I was once on ebay while on morphine (long story) and I bought a pair of bright orange converse that were size 13 mens
(I wear size 5.5 ladies) and
a remote control boat. Hrm."


so I could tell you that I have read that 3 times and am still laughing.