Anyone know who belongs to this mess ?
Looks like a hairy 'Egg Omelette' to Moi.
What is it ?
This chappy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Brushturkey
They need to learn about allopreening! ;-)
Really removed, or photoshopped out??
Just wondering how you'd be able to do it - I've read that they can be fairly tame at picnic places etc., but for it actually to allow itself to be caught and held long enough to remove a tick demands a remarkable level of tolerance of people. Well done!
Don't blame them for retreating with that crowd! I'd (wrongly!) thought the Brush-turkey was about twice the size of a Cockatoo ;-)
Looks like a piece of finger he's eating there?!?
Seed to eat and paintings to poop on? What more could a bird want! ;-)
You are not intruding at all.
I posted this thread here to share.
In fact I am a tad surprised there are not a few more comments.
Good luck with getting them to breed!
Fantastic shots, Ginger. You have a wonderful line-up of birds in your sanctuary. Nice painting of the koalas, too.
Amazing birds. You are so fortunate to have the opportunity to tame them. Love the painting of the koalas. They are so cute.
Remember to post how he reacts to seeing himself on canvas!
Wild animals are 'cuter' when you don't see all the parasites!
Pretty soon they'll be lining up at your 'clinic.'
We have a hearty tick population around here, judging by what the cats bring in.
Well, after all, you do have to get them ( the birds) all pretty for their photo ops! Still think it's surprising they let you get the ticks off.
Your last picture of the male is quite handsome.
This was the cattle tick a Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus.
The paralysis Tick is deadly.
Where is 'Palm Bob' when we need him ?
Around here it's Ixodes ricinus one has to watch for, been bitten by them many times. Looks very similar to yours.
Ginger, do you get the Blue-winged Kookaburras where you are? We only have the Laughing Kookaburra and they're an introduced species to WA.