Cockatoos on the grass trees

@JudyEv (247054)
Bunbury, Australia
May 6, 2021 3:35am CST
I’ve been a bit slack and missed writing yesterday. My ears are playing up today. Both blocked and aching from time to time so that has made me a bit miserable. This afternoon, we went down to get the caravan from the shed and spotted these black cockatoos feeding on the grass tree flower stalks. They were some distance away and Vince only had his phone so the photo isn’t the best. I've never seen them feeding on these before. The vehicles in the background are on a neighbour's place. We go to a ride tomorrow and for a short time on Saturday. We leave early to go to our brother-in-law’s 80th luncheon in Perth. I’ll catch up again when I can.
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@myklj999 (57992)
• Olney, Illinois
6 May
Make up my mind already is it a grass or a tree or a flower?
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@Fleura (15450)
• United Kingdom
6 May
It's a flowering grass tree
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthorrhoea
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@myklj999 (57992)
• Olney, Illinois
6 May
@Fleura No. You cannot have all three. It is forbidden.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
@myklj999 Thanks @Fleura. And JJ, Fleur is right. It's a flowering grass tree. It's now two against one so Fleur and I are right and you, believe it or not, are wrong.
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@LadyDuck (340089)
• Switzerland
6 May
I am sorry you do not feel very well, I hope it's temporary, blocked ears are a pain. Interesting that the cockatoos fed on that grass. Have a safe trip to Perth.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Thanks, Anna. I have a syringe-type thing so I might have to use that to try to clear them.
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@LadyDuck (340089)
• Switzerland
6 May
@JudyEv I hope it works, having stuffed ears is so unpleasant.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
@LadyDuck It is. Everything sounds funny at the moment and I'm even more deaf than usual.
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@DocAndersen (41986)
• United States
6 May
that is so cool - no significant predators to make them nervous!
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
I suppose eagles might be predators but that would be about it.
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@Shxrubia (2705)
• Indonesia
6 May
I hope your ears heal soon, you must be very uncomfortable
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Thanks. From time to time, I have trouble with ear-ache.
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@DaddyEvil (41672)
• United States
6 May
I'm sorry you're having trouble with your ears and hope they stop being disagreeable soon. OMG! I'm sure I see some of the cockatoos using the grass trees as a bathroom blind. They're all flying crazily trying to keep the attention away from the ones taking a restroom break!
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
I'm surprised really that the stalks can support the weight of the birds. They're not exactly small.
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@DaddyEvil (41672)
• United States
6 May
@JudyEv I don't know the size of either one... I have seen black birds perched on grass stems in the field and wondered how they managed that without hitting the ground. Maybe they're magic? Are your ears doing better now?
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@Fleura (15450)
• United Kingdom
6 May
@DaddyEvil Birds are much lighter than us Earth-bound creatures you know, they have hollow bones.
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@Fleura (15450)
• United Kingdom
6 May
Sorry you're feeling miserable. Hope it clears up soon. Interesting to see the cockatoos - are they feeding on the nectar?
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
I suppose they're feeding on the nectar unless the flowers have become seeds. Here is a close-up of the flowers.
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@Fleura (15450)
• United Kingdom
6 May
@JudyEv I can't believe they eat nectar like humming birds! Maybe they just eat the whole thing. Or maybe it is the seeds.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
@Fleura It must be the seeds as normally they break open gum nuts with their beaks. They also break off small bunches of twigs and can make a real mess under a tree.
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@m_audrey6788 (44432)
• Germany
6 May
Glad you`re ok now. Have you let your ears checked by a doctor?
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
I was in hospital as a child because my ears were really sore. Hopefully, they'll come good themselves. Otherwise I might have to visit a doctor.
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• Germany
6 May
@JudyEv Oh so sorry about that. I hope you`ll feel better soon
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
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@just4him (244607)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 May
It's still a nice picture of the cockatoos. I hope your ears are better today.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Thanks. I might syringe my ears out later. I have this trouble from time to time.
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@just4him (244607)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 May
@JudyEv That should work.
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@RebeccasFarm (33077)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
6 May
Look at them fellers xo I hope you will be well soon Judy I am so sorry xo
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Thanks. My ears give me trouble from time to time.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
9 May
@JudyEv Any better now?
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May
@RebeccasFarm No, not much. They have stopped aching but the ringing is worse and I am even deafer than I was. I am putting stuff in them to soften the wax which is what I hope is causing the problem.
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@erictsuma (8867)
• Mombasa, Kenya
6 May
Have a nice trip
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Thanks. We won't be home till Tuesday.
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@erictsuma (8867)
• Mombasa, Kenya
9 May
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@erictsuma (8867)
• Mombasa, Kenya
9 May
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• China
6 May
I don't know what the grasstree is like until searching it.
https://www.starnursery.com/product/grasstree
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
There are a number of species. Some have the 'grass' on top of a trunk but others are close to the ground. Sometimes the flower stalk grows in a very crooked manner.
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• China
7 May
@JudyEv The plant looks strange.It is said that it is native to Australia and belongs to agave family with some species producing fragrant resins.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May
@changjiangzhibin89 These are very typically Australian.
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@Dena91 (13659)
• United States
6 May
Enjoy the ride and brother in law's luncheon. Hope you get to feeling better.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Thanks. We have a 75th sundowner on Monday too and will be sleeping in five different beds in five days. By the end of that we won't know where we are!
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@Dena91 (13659)
• United States
7 May
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@LindaOHio (67243)
• United States
6 May
I've never heard of black cockatoos. I hope your ears are better today. Drive safely and Happy Birthday to your brother-in-law.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
We have several species of black cockatoos. This is the red-tailed black cockatoo.
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@LindaOHio (67243)
• United States
7 May
@JudyEv Very pretty. Thanks for the picture!
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@FourWalls (33514)
• United States
6 May
I hope your ears feel better quickly. I hate ear infections.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
They're not nice, are they? They are a little bit better this morning.
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@snowy22315 (114745)
• United States
6 May
I didn't know cockatoos came in black.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Yes, we have two species of white-tailed plus a red- and yellow-tailed variety.
@wolfgirl569 (40728)
• Marion, Ohio
6 May
They would be fun to see. Have a good time.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
As you can see, there was a great mob of them. They can be quite noisy when they're together like this.
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@much2say (49187)
• Los Angeles, California
6 May
Hope your ears feel better soon! Wild cockatoos - they wanted a change of pace from their usual menu . Enjoy your trip to Perth - hope the ear thing goes away by then.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May
Thanks for the good wishes. Usually they break open gumnuts and eats the kernels.
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@sharonelton (4464)
• Lichfield, England
7 May
Oh, how nice to see the cockatoos. We get a lot of magpies and pigeons where we are!
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May
I love to see the birds. We get a lot coming in to bathe in the bird baths.
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• Lichfield, England
11 May
@JudyEv We have a bird bath in our back garden and the other day I saw a robin there which was nice to see.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May
@sharonelton We get a great many coming in to the birdbath.
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@oahuwriter (14724)
• United States
7 May
Interesting, wild cockatoos? Have a wonderful birthday party time. Perfect break from moving.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 May
Yes, we have a number of wild species of cockatoo.
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@oahuwriter (14724)
• United States
8 May
@JudyEv I see. Ours are at pet stores.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May
@oahuwriter I think it is illegal to keep these unless you have a licence. You can get a licence to keep them or as a wildlife carer.
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@profree2019 (1141)
• Barquisimeto, Venezuela
7 May
Friend, I'm sorry about your ears, hopefully your best so that you can enjoy Saturday at your brother-in-law's lunch.
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 May
Thanks. I am hoping it will improve too.
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• Barquisimeto, Venezuela
7 May
@JudyEv ´Don't worry,In the name of God it will be so
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@JudyEv (247054)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May
@profree2019 Thank you.
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