One day Abbas saw a cockatoo in our backyard and he immediately armed himself with a slice of bread and marched closer to the bird. The bird was unfazed at the approach of a human being who seemed very determined. Abbas put his hand forward which had a piece of bread and to our surprise the bird stepped closer to Abbas and pecked on his hands to grasp with its beaks. We jumped in glee. I ran in to get a camera to click pictures. Now, this bird must have spread the word among its community. Sooner we had almost 15-16 visitors each day. We would await their arrival every single day and even worry and lose patience in anticipation on days that they didn’t turn up. There was also a fun co-incidence that some or the other good thing would happen on days that they came. We were very sad to leave the birds when we left Gordon. A and S had told that they hadn’t seen so many in Hornsby.
After we moved to our new home, that was the one thing we missed. To add fuel to fire, we could see a couple of birds flocking the balcony in the opposite building. We wished for them to come to our balcony but how would they know that we were going to give food to them? One day when I was in the kitchen I saw a cockatoo in the nearby tree. I immediately went to the balcony with a slice of bread. I whistled to the bird showing the dangling piece of bread from my hand. And the bird immediately flew and sat on the balcony fence. That was just the beginning. Within no time, we had our small balcony filled with around 2 birds, it was a sight to watch. Even passerby would crane their neck to look at the rare sight. Not only did cockatoos visit us but also lorikeets and small sparrow like birds.
Sharing a few pictures of our feathery friends: