They are such gorgeous birds. We had them until the mynas moved in – only seen them rarely since then.
p.s. Are those pigeon peas edible by us humans?
Absolutely. They make great dahl, and really good for pea soup too.
I can sympathise! after harvesting my first lot of butter beans (dwarf bush variety) at the weekend I went into the garden yesterday to find them totally destroyed, the local Pukeko birds (native to NZ) obviously relish the beans, but in the process totally trampled the whole lot…flattened! So much for my late autumn harvest
I had pigeon pea soup when I did my PDC, it was very yum…good luck getting any, that parrot looks pretty happy!
I am yet to have pigeon pea dahl but it is on my to do list.
The little pests that pillage our gardens, we should hate them, but they are just a wonder to have around. At out previous home we had half a dozen apple trees and the birds just loved them, to the point of us getting close to none. But I remember sitting outside with some overseas visitors, who just though it was amazing to be surrounded by such brightly coloured birds… and they were right.
I do agree Jason. I do remember (rather too frequently) that harbouring wildlife is something I choose as an important value. But it does give me pause every so often. Walking a mile in the shoes of someone who is trying to seriously grow a crop, at a saleable price, is a good exercise.
Sulphur crested cockatoos have taken a similar approach to the sunflowers I was growing for chook feed supplements. I can’t resent them for it, though – the comedy factor is worth it – they get so cross and noisy when their own weight bends the sunflower stems over!
I just love King Parrots…but then I also love dahl. …tough choice, but one I suspect you have little control over – there aint much that will come between a parrot and lunch is there?
So pretty andyet so annoying! Chipmunks and rabbits are cute when they’re not eating my garden–but by midsummer last year, I was looking up recipes for mixed-game stew.
Aww, but so pretty! Hope you get a decent harvest…
Hi Teresa, yes, I have a fantasy collection of recipes for bandicoots, which I think are a bit like chipmunks. Sadly, I don’t think they’d actually be good eating. But rabbits are a pest in Australia and fair game. I have a wonderful recipe for “Easter Bunny Mole” that I cook for all our guests over Easter every year. The bigger kids think it’s gloriously gross idea to eat the Easter bunny in chocolate sauce, and we assure the littler kids that we’re joking!
Mmm, I love pigeon peas, but I love king parrots even more. Its hard isnt it? There is usually enough to share? I have sulfur crests eating my lovely sunflowers but in part that is why I grow them to attract them. I wish I had bandicoots!
Noooo! Don’t wish for bandicoots. They are cute but oh so destructive. All my garden beds are fortress fenced with wire 25 cm below ground to keep them out, and still, they patrol the fence every night looking for a spot where the wire has broken or a gate has been left an inch open, and if they find it, I come out in the morning to find a bed that looks like a rotary hoe has been through it.
Oh dear! Perhas you are right! Be careful what you wish for!
Kingies have wiped out 2 crops of sweet corn this year ….. my veg plot is a fortress against bandicoots too but of course King Parrots just fly in!!! Wrapping very light white shade cloth around did not help either. Grrrrrr….
We planted pigeon peas too, but no pods yet! Thanks for the photo – now I know what to look out for! 🙂
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