This is a compilation video of many 100s of photos taken in the QuakerVille Aviary. When we moved into our home in 2001 we transformed one of the bedrooms into an aviary for our bird family. Then, it was made up of 9 birds: 6 Quakers, 2 Rosellas, and a Double Yellow Headed Amazon.
I designed the aviary with photographs in mind. Because of the blue walls, yellow curtains, green grass floors, and special lighting I was able to capture thousands of beautiful photographs of our flock over about 6 years. Over those years I was been able to publish many of the photographs, several I used on the cover of the book “Parrots In The City” that we co-authored with Mattie Sue Atan in 2005. Many have also been used in the original QuakerVille.com web site, in newspapers, magazines and TV. The aviary has been host to many bird activists, newspaper and TV journalists, and very special bird lover friends.
Watching this video hopefully you will be able to see classic Quaker parrot and Rosella behaviors as they interact with each other and with Jo and me. Most of these pictures have never been seen or published, especially in this manner. This compilation video has been in the can, so to speak, for several years. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch since they all have passed away. They were our companions so very much a part of our family, our humor, our heart. We miss them all so much. It’s taken me quite a while to watch this, let alone share it with anyone else.
I know you won’t have the same feeling watching this video as I do but I wanted to go ahead and publish the video so the world will have a hint of an idea how beautiful and full of life these birds were for us. We still love them and I do believe that they loved us too, especially Stanley for me, and Scooter for Jo.
Life is just not the same without them.