This is the last photo I took of #happytherainbowlorikeet before he flew off last Tuesday. We spent hours to get him back but it was impossible. It was a nightmare! Most hand raised birds never learn to fly down from a big height. It's easy for them to fly higher and higher but not down.
He stayed in trees near our home but he did not come down. As it got darker and darker we had to leave him outside. It was heartbreaking. I did not even think about predators. My biggest worry was water. He wouldn't be able to find water. The weather forecast showed 40C for the next days. Our neighbours told us not to give up hope. Nearly everyone around us tried to help. It was a sleepless night for me. I set the alarm at 5:30am and went across the road where I left him the night before. I called him and he immediately answered. It took me a while to find him as lorikeets are very good camouflaged. He was about 10 metres high. He started to climb down, branch by branch. Unfortunately there weren't enough branches to reach me. Roland also came and brought a ladder. We only had a time window of two hours as we had to go to work. Thankfully Happy was hungry. He came closer and closer and wanted to eat the apple in Roland's hand. It was nerv wracking as he suddenly started to climb up again. Cut a long story short...We got him back!! Best Christmas present ever ❤