Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World was an unexpected find that I know we will visit more than once. We wandered the gardens before heading to our allocated guided aviary tour at 1.30pm. Whilst we waited on the outside the Macaws waited, seemingly eagerly on the inside.
I think that they enjoyed our visit perhaps more than we did. Lets face it – we weren’t rewarded with nuts and clothes and buttons (and I believe on the tour before ours – an earring).
We naturally read the sign and took note. My sister in law reluctantly removed her hearing aid and earrings whilst I packed my sunnies into my bag. My S-I-L protested. Like my husband she is not a rule obeyer but by the end of the tour she was relieved.
Inside we were met by our guide. She gave us all the rules of the aviary including watch where you walk. In the first enclosure were the small birds and many were sitting on the ground. Without blue and white photos here we moved quickly to the second enclosure which were the smaller parrots. The macaw lived in here. He had lost his flight wings and was now too frightened to fly and was thus unable to be released into the wild.
The centre takes birds that need rescuing and ones that are endangered with a breeding programme. In the third enclosure were the bigger birds. They were so joyful to see us they immediately flew from whereever they were and landed
shoulders and arms. They were jolly heavy as they landed and one on my arm drew blood as I moved whilst it was landing and it had to claw on for purchase.
Although there were birds of every colour todays prompt is blue and yellow so I have tried to limit it to those colours with the odd bit of green and black thrown in.
One of the birds favourite pastimes was unpicking seams
and stealing hat buttons and they were very good at it.
If you are ever near Maleny this place is well worth a visit.
In response to Cee’s Blue and Yellow Prompt for her Fun Foto Challenge.