Late in the day, a few weeks ago. I had not long put out fresh seed when the galahs arrived. Soon our favourite cockatoo scattered the pink-and-grey duo. Not for long. I rushed off to grab the camera (Fujifilm FinePix A607) certain there was some excitement pending.
But I was totally unprepared for a lorikeet arriving like a cat among pigeons! Both galahs promptly vanished and the cockatoo did a quick flutter but held his ground. The cockatoo strode aggressivley towards the intruder. The lorikeet raised his beak and stepped to meet the bigger parrot, sent him packing.
A second lorikeet arrived. My waving the camera while getting it beyond the curtain didn’t seem to bother them too much.
The cockatoo stayed up above, sulking no doubt, while watching the pile of rapidly dwindling seed.
Later, once the lorikeets had gone, the cockie came back down. But the lorikeet appeared and buzzed the cockie’s head, even though the lorikeets had finished eating. Brave, but bossy, birds. All was quiet on the fence for what was left of the evening until a magpie cautiously landed for a drink.
I had put my camera away by then. Déjà vu.