Writing prompt: What is the cockatoo saying?
4 Comments »16th June, 2012; Category: Fiction, Writing prompts
I recently been looking through my library of photos trying to find suitable images to share on my birding site. I’d forgotten about the photo shown above. I took it some years ago when driving through suburban Adelaide in South Australia. A small flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos was investigating some hollows in a street tree. I stopped, whipped out the camera and they posed very obligingly for me, including the curious bird in the photo.
Writing prompt: What is the bird thinking? What might it say if it could talk? Many parrots, including this species, can be taught to say quite a few words. Imagine a conversation between you and the bird.
He’s obviously watching you closely as you take the picture, and thinking to himself, “Is this creature in front of me left clawed or right clawed?”. The bird family likes to know that sort of thing.
Indeed. A photo like that can appear to make the creature quite threatening. In reality, I had zoomed in quite a way. I was in no danger at all. For you information, I’m right clawed.
I it true that cockatoos are mostly lefties? He might have thought he was looking in a mirror.
He’s saying, “Really? Is that all you wrote today?”