Animal Diaries Archive
25 May 2007
What a hectic week it has been this week in the bird show department. We have had birds on the film set all week which require supervision for the whole day so this puts a little strain on the show itself, as we provide experienced staff to assist with filming. That is ok though because filming is one of the biggest parts of working at Australia Zoo and it has provided the base to which the zoo can continue to expand on along with taking the conservation message to a global audience.
This week has also brought around a bit of rain which is great as we really need it, however some of the newer birds are not really fond of flying in the rain. Jussari our Green- winged Macaw is one of these and on a few occasions during a wet show she has decided to go and find herself a nice tree to try and keep dry in.
The only problem with this is that most of the time when she goes out of the crocoseum, the other macaws go with her and we are left with nothing to talk about. It makes for quite a funny end to the show as the macaws fly of into the sunset. Very picturesque. Most of the time however once we have located their dry tree and the rain stops, they are pretty content to return to their aviaries. But it has led to a few wild goose chases this week. On a positive note some of our staff continue to improve their skills and their bonds with our birds.
In this weeks photo you can see Robyn, one of the newest members to the team with Matari our Yellow- tailed Black Cockatoo out at one of our photo sessions with the patrons to the zoo. Robyn has spent many hours bonding and working with Matari to get him to a point where she can confidently take him out to these sessions.
The photo sessions are a really good time for our visitors to get good photos of the birds as well as during the show it can be quite difficult as the birds can move around quite quickly.
Our Amazing Green-winged Macaws
Green-winged Macaws grow to lengths of up to 90 cm long and have a wingspan of up to 1.2 metres. They have a large curved beak that is used for cracking nuts a ...more