Albert is a Great Dane dog. A gentle giant, born, not hatched, in December 2009, there is nothing he enjoys more than shining at a production. Albert, the Great Dane allows the birds to ride upon a homemade saddle on his back. He heals and will carry them flapping through a crush of people. "Albert" was Lucy's (the female Eclectus) first word. They are often nose to beak while I drink my morning coffee on the lanai with Lucy on my knee and Albert lying next to the chair. Albert is always ready to don the saddle and stands so strong and important, ready to shine.
In this picture we have Shelly, the Black Capped Caique from the North side of the Amazon River.. Hatched in 2011, she is the favorite "birthday bird" and steps up many, many times in an hour performance. She is less intimating for smaller children and does the "grasshopper dance." She is the black headed bird on the right hand of this teacher. Ginger is on the left hand. She is a Cape Parrot from the Cape of South Africa and one of the best talkers ever, mostly in the morning. She was hatched in Florida in 2010. African parrots are not always the best pets, but the Cape Parrot might be the exception. They are highly endangered.