A bird-loving woman has made a remarkable friendship with dozens of magpies, including one that sits on her shoulder, waiting for a kiss.
39-year-old Danielle greets the birds in her Geelong garden every morning and says they all have their own personality.
The zookeeper started a social media community called Magpie Whisperer, which is devoted to birds.
The Magpie Whisperer says the "lovable and quirky" birds are only seriously misunderstood
Meet Danielle, a full-time licensed volunteer zookeeper who spends her days looking after the birds
Danielle said spring is very busy due to the breeding season and the shelter she works at is hosting many babies who are too young to fly.
"These birds have either been abandoned or rejected by their parents, have fallen from their nests and succumb to injuries that must then be rehabilitated, or, sadly, they were 'bird-caught' by people with good intentions when they were young!" She explained.
Danielle acts as a temporary foster mother until the birds can be returned to the wild.
"Along with responsibility, there can be a lot of heartbreak, but the positives of seeing something that are important to you to be returned to the wild makes it all worthwhile," she said.
The zookeeper said spring is very busy with the shelter she works at as birds that learn to fly are dumped with injuries (Image: Baby Magpie).
She wrote a poem called "Nesting Season" from the perspective of a magpies father to explain that the bird's nest defense is not scary or vicious
She wrote a poem on her Facebook page called "Nesting Season" from the perspective of a father magpies trying to explain the bird's nest defense is not scary or vicious:
“I love my children with all my heart. I'm just protective of making sure their life has a fair start!
“Being a Magpie parent is not as easy as you might think. In just a moment, our babies' lives could be taken in a flash!
“I ask for your sympathy only 4-6 weeks a year. For the rest of the time, there is no need to worry! & # 39;
The bird lover began interacting with magpies in 2011 when one she called Pigpie because of his insatiable appetite jumped on her arms and legs while sitting outside.
Her love for the little black birds grew – and at some point more than 20 wild magpies regularly visited her garden, many of which have grown up and found their own territory.
Danielle calls her Geelong home "Magpie Manor" and now has around 7 adult birds that visit regularly
Pictured: The magpies greet the zookeeper when she comes home and then follow her into the backyard to play
Danielle calls her Geelong home "Magpie Manor" and now has around 7 adult birds that visit regularly.
It has a playground for colorful windmills, plastic balls, small stuffed animals and lots of sticks and leaves.
“They invent fun little games on site. They'll make happy little squeaking noises as they run around setting up chases. It's surprising how much their game games can often resemble that of a human child! & # 39; She said.
In the summer she creates a water park with several bird baths and pulls out the hose for them to play in.
"While I have several bird baths of all shapes and sizes in my garden, they all want to bathe in what is currently occupied, or is the smallest bath … cut a figure!"
Danielle said spring is very busy with the shelter where she works as nestlings. Birds that are too young to leave their nests are released for care
The magpie whisperer says the birds helped her deal with her severe fear
“I can observe their bizarre behavior and their strange characteristics. That's how I came up with names for most of them.
“Every newcomer has his own personality, just like us. There is always the clown, tyrant, loner, comedian, show-off, angel, grumbler, cutie, instigator, thief, sticky beak and so on. & # 39;
Danielle says the birds helped her deal with the severe fear that caused her to spend most of her time indoors.
Now she can often be found outside, petting the birds, feeding them, splashing them playfully with water and even kissing them.
While she is happy to have the company of the magpies, the Whisperer would like to point out that the birds are free to go and in no way force them to come into their garden.
While she is happy to have the company of the magpies, the Whisperer would like to point out that the birds are free to go and in no way force them to come into their garden
(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) messages