We had a Wee Man in yesterday to give the air conditioner a once-over. Harley loved
The Wee Man was surprised we actually thought the thing was working. Which either shows how little we expect from modern appliances, or how much he's hoping to sell a new one.
Little does he know how much we spoil Harley, and how willing we are to provide him with entertainment. Are you kidding? A new air conditioner? BRING IT ON!
And speaking of household mechanicals, did you know we were supposed to get our new water tank
inspected? Well, neither did we.
Often when I'm out at the studio, Bruce and Harley get together and eat snacks in their underwear while watching birdie porn. You know, you dial up YouTube on the internets and look up "parrot." Wink wink, nudge nudge.
Turns out an iPad is the perfect viewing device for birdie porn.
This video of two loud and talkative ringnecks
is a big favorite around here. So much kissing going on! Oh my! This never fails to amuse us. ALL. EVERY TIME.
Snowball the dancing cockatoo
is also pretty entertaining.
(Why yes, I do have some Photoshop skillz. Thanks for asking.)
Snowball has a lot of videos on YouTube, as does Einstein, the talking African Grey
(Einstein has even been on the TV!). We can get "lost" on YouTube for hours, watching birdie porn.
Here are a few more videos we've found that you may not know about. Enjoy!
The absolute classic, in my opinion, is "You are being shagged by a rare parrot
This is a clip from a BBC program about rare animals called "Last Chance To See
." This segment was filmed in New Zealand, with host Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine. And a very handsome, and apparently a very lonely, kakapo named Sirocco.
Wikipedia's entry on the kakapo
says that as of February 2010, there are only 123 of these parrots known to be in existence. So enjoy Sirocco while you can.
Another classic is the lyrebird, which is capable of mimicking an amazing array of sounds. Here are two videos, one with David Attenborough
, and another from the Adelaide Zoo
YouTube has quite a few videos of lyrebirds, just do a search and have some fun.
This next little movie shows two cockatoos, Kiya and Romey, getting to know each other. The video is entitled "I wanna hold your hand
." For reasons that will soon become obvious. Adorable! Although not actually one of Harley's favorites.
This is an amazing segment of an eagle owl COMING RIGHT AT YOU
filmed with a "New Photron SA-2 High Definition High Speed Camera" back in 2008.
We do NOT show this one to Harley.
French artist CÚleste Boursier-Mougenot created an installation earlier this year in The Curve, Barbican, London, that featured a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with musical instruments. My favorite part of this excerpt from Ariane Michel's movie
is at about 47 seconds, which shows a female trying to build a nest in the electric guitar strings.
The Death Metal Rooster
. 'Nuff said.This is a clip from one of those always-entertaining Japanese TV shows
that sets out to see if animals (including one bird) can navigate their way to a bowl of food without knocking down any dominoes. The winner (not the bird) is pretty amazing!
And finally, I'm getting a little tired of grabbing screen shots, so here's a little list of a few more. This is my favorite video of Oscar
, the naked cockatoo at the Humane Society of Broward County. Andrew Zuckerman has several lovely videos on Vimeo. Here's a link to a short film created to accompany his Bird book
And, a couple of non-bird videos: A hedgehog eating a carrot
. Yum! A slow loris that really loves to be tickled
. Almost as adorable as Harley. Here's a toad that likes to get tickled
. And believe it or not, here's another one
! And another one