I haven’t written for a while, but Ice and Viper have left to start their new lives outside the box. After three days of being called out by Mr and Mrs Galah, darling Ice found the courage to leave the box at 6:35 am on Monday 3 November, 2014. He looked so cute as he left, with his round tummy and legs one down and one up with spread claws. Good luck beautiful bird, I hope you have a long and happy life.
Little Viper left the box at 7:15 am Friday 7 November 2014 but couldn’t fly more than a few metres.
He lived in our garden for three days and I guarded him from cats and other dangers from 5:50 am until about 7:30 pm each day! He seemed healthy and Mr and Mrs Galah kept visiting him and feeding him.
Finally he did it!!!! Viper left the yard successfully! In the late afternoon on Sunday 9 November 2014 his parents came back and he did 3 low flights that all ended with a crash into a fence. We thought he’d finished and the parents weren’t calling him to fly any more, so we put him in the box and left the lid off so the parents could check where he was and give a last feed if they wanted to. But Viper wasn’t having any of that! Oh no! He climbed out of the box, leapt off and flew towards the shed, along a narrow gap between the shed and fence and up, up, up into the darkening sky. From the yard we had the thrill of seeing him flying higher and higher, with both parents. They tried to steer him south towards the creche but he went east. They landed in a bare tree about 4 houses down and then he tried to land but tumbled downwards and we lost sight of him. Then he must have recovered and they all flew to a tree a bit further down, and we heard his voice as well as theirs so we know he wasn’t on the ground. So right now he is sleeping in a tree only about 150 m away. Good bye and good luck Viper, we’re so proud of you.