Birds at Bird World Maleny: Blue and Yellow: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


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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.


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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).


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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.


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© irene waters 2019

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.


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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


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on heads


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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.


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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.


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© irene waters 2019

One of the birds favourite pastimes was unpicking seams


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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.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Birds at Bird World Maleny: Blue and Yellow: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Well there you go. I did not know of this place even though I’ve been to Maleny many times. I look forward to visiting and wondering who I could take with me? My Mum would love to tag along. I’d also like my partner to come however, he has quite a severe phobia to birds. We’ve been working on this over the years and he’s much better but definitely could not handle a bird flying around his head let alone one landing on him. Pity, birds are awesome!


  2. Love these magnificent birds, some of whom make lovely hats and shrugs. Your photos are well done.

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    You got some terrific photos of this beautiful bird. 😀

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  4. Bernice says:

    That is quite the bird!!

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