As I mentioned in my earlier post, Thomas had to work 30 hours straight, starting Monday morning. The parrots and I spent Monday night alone, and they were so happy when he returned on Tuesday, especially Rocky!
Rocky is a bit lost when Thomas isn't there. He hangs out with me a bit and I make sure to play some of his favorite music for him so we can dance, but it's just not the same as having his favorite person home.
After being up for so long straight, Thomas acts giddy; almost as though he were drunk. It can be quite amusing, and some of my favorite Thomas-Rocky moments happen on these days: Rocky, so elated to see his mate, and Thomas, doing silly things with him. Rocky thrives in this environment.
The first signal I had that last night would be one of those really fun Rocky nights is when I entered the living room to see Thomas placing his sleeve on Rocky's head.My little macaw loved this!
Then, he decided to look at Rocky's growth. This is something I make him do on a regular basis so that we can keep track of it -- is it getting larger, changing color, etc. -- anything that might warrant a vet visit. Rock's not a huge fan of this, so Thomas has to control his head with one hand in order to avoid a bite. Despite the fierce expression on his face, he doesn't really mind being held in this manner:
His growth remained the same as last check.
As a reward, he then got double head scratches. Look at how he raises his head feathers in order to give Thomas easier access to his skin:I couldn't help myself and took three Rocky videos last night. They were just on fire!
One game that they play, that I wouldn't recommend for most birds (of the 6 in our house, Thomas can only do this with Rocky), involves Thomas touching Rocky's beak, and Rocky responding. You can see how this has the potential to turn into a bloodbath with an unwilling parrot! You can hear him moaning and making his noises. At the end, he does his freakout/head shake motion that he does when he's really excited:
Thomas was giving Rocky a lot of head pets last night, reestablishing their bond. I just love how Rocky purrs as a way to show his pleasure:
And another video of Thomas giving Rocky the business. Rocky loves it when this happens, and I can't stop myself from laughing, either. As with the other videos, I wouldn't recommend doing this with most parrots; a bite and unhappy bird would most likely result.
Rocky is quite different from the other birds in our house; much more hands-on. He and Thomas have this very special relationship. They really are two peas in a pod, although Thomas is nicer to me than Rocky is! I know I've said this before, but it's hard to believe that they didn't meet until Rocky was 19 years old. I don't hear it as often as I used to, but anyone who claims that "used" parrots don't bond well to new owners is sorely mistaken!