Before my hiking buddy Tiller Montalban and his Amazon parrot shipped out for new digs in Malibu, they rented a tiny garage apartment tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains of rural Agoura.
Tiller made his living as a deckhand on fishing boats and racing yachts. The bird had been his first wife’s pet and, like her, had never been to sea.
After their divorce, his ex-wife remarried and gave the parrot to Tiller because her new spouse wasn’t a bird fancier.
Immediately Tiller envisi...