Wanna see some more Australian fauna? (Warning to my friend David, you may not like this.) The day after we came home from the hospital, as we were watching TV with the kids, we realized that we had some visitors on the front porch.
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos are pretty common here in Sydney, and they often travel in groups. But we don't often get to see them this close-up. Perhaps they felt the radiating cuteness from our house and came to check it out. They are quite big birds, each one about the same size as a large parrot. Wiki says they're 18-22 inches (45-55cm) tall. Dang. That's bigger than our newborn. Jason is telling me that he thinks the wingspan is about 3 feet. He's a smart dude, so I'll take his word for it.
When we first moved here and I would see one, I always had the initial reaction that it must've escaped from a pet store somewhere. A girl just doesn't see these types of birds in Texas! They make this loud screeching sound, and combined with the kookaburras can create quite a ruckus in the early morning. One more reason I sleep with earplugs!
We see cockatoos feeding on the ground sometimes at parks and in people's front yards. When my parents visited after Nate was born, my Dad actually hand-fed some at the park.
So, there you have it. Sulphur-crested cockatoos. Pretty cool, huh? Did you learn something new? Well, that's what I'm here for, folks. And if you come visit, I promise not to feed you to a cockatoo or let them go all Alfred Hitchcock on you. (I was gonna post a pic of the movie, but it just freaks me out too much.)