The birds in the pictures are beautiful varieties I have never seen before! It is a delight to discover a person that understands the complexities of birds, all animals) recognizes their intelligence, that they have complex feelings and have compassion! Not being on a time table is a mistake many people make when working with birds.
You mentioned not having eye contact at first this was a major mistake I made when I first began working with many types of animals. It is human nature to make eye contact but it makes many animals very nervous and frightened. I hope to learn a lot from you Diana