We returned from the market at the Muswellbrook showground to our caravan which has been parked under the big shed cover for the best part of this week to find the poultry auction still in full swing. There must have been 50 or more people seated on the benches bidding and competing for the different bird lots as they came up. The only other place where I have seen anything similar was at Seeb one Friday or Saturday morning when we went to the souk there and found a bird market with every sort of feather and shape in progress in the street. https://picasaweb.google.com/105183160149035139526/SEEBThursdayNovember2008.
One Olive Rainbow Lorikeet was sold for $70, but then some poor roosters only fetched a dollar or so – I feared for their necks! I was too exhausted to spend too much time listening to the bidding and learning the names of the different birds but they seemed to keep coming… had been since 9am – so there was an air of weariness over the proceedings when we arrived at 4pm. The organiser finally left at 9pm.
It all began last night when people started turning up and setting up little tents and swags for the night. The birds slept but started crowing soon after we got up at 4.30am! And the humans hadn’t gone to bed until late anyway, not us but there was a bit of a party going on when we went to bed. Bella didn’t know which way to turn, she hasn’t had much experience with birds other than magpies which she chases vigorously. We had to put her on her chain, she knows how to behave decorously then.
So that is another uniquely Australian experience for me on our travels.