This morning I put two wedges of pumpkin and some of the seeds, in the run for the girls. The bantys were the first to investigate but the other girls quickly followed. The seeds proved the most attractive and they all went for them first even though the seeds were quite large. Once the seeds had all gone they ate the stringy bits of flesh then settled to pecking at the hard flesh. Honey would break a bit off and run off with it to eat in peace as is her usual way.
I took lots of photos but because they were pecking so quickly a lot of them were blurred. Dotty’s head seems to be blurred in most of the photos so I had to make do with these.
Since Amber has been moulting her shape has changed and she appears to have a humped back. Honey has this shape too but not as obvious as Amber. It seems to be where the feathers have come out from her back and left the appearance of a hump from the remaining thicker layer of feathers.
When I went back an hour later one of the wedges was almost cleared of flesh. At that moment there was a strange whistling bird call overhead. It wasn’t kites calling as they call all the time and are familiar to us. This was something I hadn’t heard before and the girls reacted to it. The bantys ran straight for the cover of the bush while the big girls, especially Dotty and Bluebell, stopped in their tracks. They stretched up tall and listened with a really intent look on their faces.
You can see the remains of the pumpkin by Dotty and her whole posture is on alert. Bluebell is in front of Dotty and has the exact same pose.
You can see the bantys under the bush in the background. As soon as the bird had moved away the girls relaxed back to normal.
After this we had a storm with thunder, lightening and torrential downpours. I went back in to the girls and they didn’t seem at all bothered by the weather.
The girls keep going back to the pumpkin, so I am pleased that it keeps them busy, especially on such a horrible day.
Just when the run had dried out, it has now got quite wet again. Nothing is going to keep such heavy rain out though. The girls have all got muddy feet but they don’t seem to mind and they all seem to have enjoyed the pumpkin.