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Old Jun 26, 2011, 5:55 PM   #1
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Default New family member

Meet Håkan (pronounce it haawcan, and you'll get pretty close), our newest and youngest family member.
Two weeks ago, when Håkan was pushed out of the nest by his parents, he unfortunately landed on the wrong side of the fence. That is, on our lawn. Before anyone else reacted, one of our dogs dashed after him to play with the new toy. When my wife could stop the action, Håkan already appeared to be dead. But he wasn't, he was just in a state of shock. I put him on the floor in an aviary with cocatoos, and after a few hours he stood up and accepted to be fed.
Next day he moved in with my son and started begging for food.
Now he has learnt to fly properly, and he can eat himself. But he doesn't, not without trying the lazy way out first. And since yesterday he also spends night outdoors, in a tree near the house.
Eventually he will return to his own kind, but it's very entertaining to have him around as long as it lasts. And he will probably never be afraid of people, but hopefully come for visits every now and then.
All pictures taken with my new K5!!!


Hi, I'm Håkan

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Why search for food, when there's a restaurant open?

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He has his full freedom, the top of the barn roof allows a wonderful view of the premises.

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A closer look.

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Everyone seems to like Håkan, but maybe for different reasons...

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Old Jun 26, 2011, 6:38 PM   #2
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Kjell, interesting new family member indeed. And you also have a K5, now I am jealous.
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 7:36 PM   #3
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Excellent photos! When I read the thread title I wondered if your cockatoos had another baby. But this one is in some ways more fun, hopefully he'll hang out at your place for a few years. But I would watch your cat - it seems to be taking a lot of interest in him.

Congrats on the K5, I know you'll really enjoy it, it's still a fun camera for me and getting me back into playing with photography again.
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 4:21 PM   #4
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Great rescue story, and great photos too! Keep us posted on your newest friend's progress.
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 11:02 PM   #5
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Great story ... looking forward to the sequel
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Great shots, story and as Kevin , I'm awaiting the sequel
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Old Jun 30, 2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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If Jackdaws are like other Corvids, they are very intelligent - they can get into a lot of mischief exploring and figuring things out. Some, like Poe's Raven, can even learn a few words (and contrary to folklore, it is not necessary to split their tongue to enable them to "talk" - "don't try this at home" of course). And I doubt it will forget you if it ever decides to abandon the easy life. If it was out of the nest on its own, it was probably old enough to have been imprinted on its parents, and not to you, but if not, you may be stuck with it for (its) life! Keep us posted as things go along.
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Old Jun 30, 2011, 5:28 PM   #8
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Great story, Kjell!
It will be interesting to see how things work out.

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