Our garden is designed with birds in mind. Little did I dream that among the birds that visit we would also see parrots although they do not come anywhere near us and not even to the birdbath. They are always seen high up on trees. I hear the parrots when they arrive on the scene. I rush to get my camera to trap them but whether it is their sharp ears or sharp eyes they vanish from the scene even before I open the door to get into the garden.
That apart being green in colour they camouglage with the environemtn around and to stop is a toutgh thing for a photographer.
Parrots are choosy. They do not eat all the fruits that grow in our garden. They do not like mangoes but their favourite is bilimbis and star fruits.
There was a tornado in our property a couple of years ago and our star fruit tree got copped off bring the branches low down. There were countless fruits but the parrots did not come. They were not confident of coming down. It was a sad time for us as most of the fruits were wasted as we hardly have them ourselves.
But when the tree was high up every single fruit would be minced and dropped down – again not a happy situation as our friends always wanted to take a few for them.
I have never liked the idea of trapping parrots in cages. I like to see them flying around in the garden and enjoying their freedom.Here is a video clip that captured these parrots in action
However, one wonders whether they truly like being there and getting all the fuss. They are trained to talk and perhaps they feel important when they are able to utter those few words.
With concrete jungles mushrooming everywhere a day will not be far when birds will have nowhere to go as more and more trees would be cut down making place for buildings.