Add them to your list.

Doves…not always the first bird to come to mind when naming gorgeous birds. They  are, however, exquisite. Yes, they waddle, but when they fly they are the epitome of streamlined aircraft. Just look at the beauty of the wings, so many colors, highlights and shadows. 

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The male dove is also a romantic,a poet, irresistible as far as the ladies are concerned.

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If only they didn’t monopolize the bird feeder.

 

 

Look Mom! No Wings!

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IS THIS BIRD CUTE OR WHAT!?

This is a tufted titmouse coming in for a landing. Look at that streamlined “Master of flight.”

This made me speculate on what would happen if I tried to propel myself off of a tree branch, keeping my arms pressed tightly against my body. In order to be a totally legit experiment, I would have to land on the ground with precision…it would be against the rules to use my hands in any way. Even if I started to fall, I wouldn’t be allowed to put my hands out to catch myself…birds can’t use their wings to break a fall.

Now I’m speculating on whether or not I’d break my nose when I fell flat on my face. I might get away with cuts and bruises, miracles happen every day.

Now I’m inclined to leave the gymnastics to the birds…I don’t have any bandages in the house and….I’m a coward.

 

Bad photography or a clever, artsy, deliberate work of art.

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I know, I know, there’s all kinds of “wrong,” going on in this image. 

In spite of the problems with this shot, I still like it…it feels like I’m getting a peak into the magic of bird flight. Look at that round tummy and the shadow of the feathers on it…magic.

Red Tail Hawk

 

There was an VERY big surprise visitor in the backyard a week or so back.

Earlier in the day, I had seen a bird circling and it was at least a half mile away…it looked fairly large, even from that distance.

Three hours later I noticed a BIG shape in a sycamore tree…and there it was…the red tail hawk. It was a fair distance away, but I took a photo anyway with the expected blurry results.

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Imagine my surprise when it turned around on the branch and looked toward where I was looking through the window. Leaning forward, it left the branch and it was off and flying… I captured another blurry image.

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It took a second for me to register the fact that the amazing predator was gliding down to the ground, where it landed twenty feet from the window.

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Look how well it blends in with it’s surroundings! It was such a thrill to see this magnificent bird so closely.