I put Sally to bed then walk down the back as I had a fair idea of where they were and found this very thin looking cocky sitting on top of a cage not far away. I think it was either very old or sick as it didn't fly away when I got close but I loved the way its crest looked against the darkening sky.
As I suspected its friends had gathered in the mandarin tree and took off when they saw me once again but this time they had mandarins in their beaks so the fruit was dropping everywhere as they flew away. The CEO has been wondering why he has been finding mandarins all over the back yard. Now he knows! LOL!
This is where they usually congregate before moving on to the mandarin tree. Some sit on the clothes line and must keep guard ....
...while the others are having a feast.
I counted a dozen on the lawn the other day and then they were chased away by another dozen.
Finally they had had enough of being disturbed and, as it was getting dark....
...they flew off into the sunset. What was it they were eating I hear you say?
We have three trees and the cockys knock off the nuts onto the ground then come back later on and crack open the shells and eat the nuts inside. They do have expensive taste as macadamia nuts are very expensive to buy.
I did get to rescue some before they arrived but there are actually plenty left which are still on the ground and I have to be careful I don't slip on them when walking outside. I started the tedious task of shelling them today but this is made easier by using a macadamia nut cracker. We bought ours a number of years ago and, if you have access to a macadamia nut tree it is a worthwhile investment and has a lifetime warranty.
I added some nuts to a Whole Orange Cake (with no added sugar) that I baked today. I need to shell a few more to make some macadamia nut meal for another recipe I want to try out. The cockatoos just might have a bit of competition for the nuts in the next few days and I know who will win :-)