This greedy cockatoo wasn’t content just nibbling some seeds off the sunflower, he picked the whole head. And from the ease of his attack, I suspect he’s done this before.
I’m guessing that he’s a he and the 2nd bird is a she based on purely sexists bigotry. Check out this picture where “he” eats contentedly after flying to a nearby roof while “she” watches with silent longing. Selfish rat.
Cockatoos are bigger than crimson rosellas so I believe she rightly deduced she couldn’t stand on the flower and eat as my previous photo-op had.
In a moment of weakness I went and tied a second sunflower head to the fence so the “female” could have a go. Of course the male came back and picked that one too!
I picked a 2nd head for myself and it’s hanging under the house to dry. I’m hoping between that one and the flower I have still in a vase (its stalk broken courtesy of the crimson rosella) I’ll have some seeds to plant.
Confession: I’m 2 seeds down since Frank and I each tasted one. Yummy, but I suspect the birds appreciate them more than I do.