It's parrot time! The 'Land of Parrots
' enclosure was definitely the highlight of our trip to Healesville
. We were a little nervous feeding the birds (with birdseed and 'nectar') at first, because they're pretty rowdy and are as likely to land on your arm/hand as on the feeding dish. But we soon got used to them, and had a great time admiring their colourful feathers close up - and taking zillions of photos! Make sure you click to enlarge the ones below. :)
These green-and-red Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets were the busiest and noisiest birds there:
|Feasting on flowering wattle|
|Posing with parrots|
My favourite birds were the Regent Parrots, who were a little more reserved than the lorikeets. I love their colours, and cute faces...
|Such a cool colour combo!|
There were also budgies and finches flitting about, and popping in and out of holes in the tree trunks. They mostly stayed out of the way of the lorikeets, and we didn't manage to lure any down for a feed.
In an adjoining enclosure, we found the bigger birds. The keeper was trying to lure some of the parrots and cockatoos down for the 'Spirits of the Sky' show, but they had other ideas! This Red-Tailed Cockatoo eventually cooperated, and got a treat for his trouble:
|A well-camouflaged bird with a bright blue eye|
|An Eclectus Parrot eating out of Willie's hand|
I definitely want to visit again! Birds are so cool. :)