Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Friday shoot out: Birds








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Jan. 15 - "Birds (Real & Otherwise)"
by Scritor Senex

Whilst visiting some of the town bloggers, I had noticed that photographing birds in the garden was a popular pastime so my first thought was to suggest a subject of garden birds. But then I realised that not everyone has the equipment to photograph the real things.
That made me look out for alternatives and I noticed sculptures, posters, little models and various other things with birds on them so I hope that your town will prove equally
productive and am really looking forward to seeing your birds (real or otherwise).
All the best,
Scriptor Senex
[Photo by GingerV - Bruges, Belgium]

This summer in Australia, I am woken at 5 am to the ARK ARK ARK of the crows. I could have thrown a shoe at the #### birds. The whole day, they go ARK ARK ARK.

To the Chinese, this is an unauspicous bird. When my mum first went to live in Australia, she hated this ARK ARK ARK. Now, I have become my mum.

Then there are the Ibises, I was delighted to see them when I first sighted them. I got my sister Helen to stop the car so I can shoot them with my camera. The locals tell me that they are pest and we are allowed to shoot them. They say, ibises even take food out of babies' mouth. You see them every where, and there are signs saying," Please do not feed the ibises." There are a couple that always come next to Charles' swimming pool. I try to get a closeup photo, but they won't oblige.

Sea gulls are everywhere. I was at Broad beach and I looked at the bay, a catamaran was sailing, and I see a swamp of birds like bees following the boat. I was told these are party boats. People have a party on these cruise boats, and the party goers throw the food to the sea gulls.

This black bird is a wild turkey. I saw this at the Tamborine Mountain. It is the same story, " Do not feed the birds." But the tourists find it too tempting to resist.

This undesired feeding causes and imbalance in the ecology. The birds become too lazy to hunt , and depend on man and then they become aggressive. Not a good sign.

36 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Great, Ann, those Australian birds! The wild turkey is to be seen often in my Australian daughter's garden. It's called a brush-turkey.
Thank you Ann for your comment, only, my other daughter didn't design the London Eye. That was done by a British couple. My daughter only drew a small part of it. The whole wheel however was made by the Dutch factory Hollandia. See my post from 23-6-2009. Have a nice day dear Ann!

Gordon said...

A nice series of bird shots. I take bird photos too, but sometimes have trouble working out what species they are.

Bengbeng said...

i love to photograph birds too but it is very difficult cos they r highly mobile. as for the link u gave me, i dont know the place -> http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2010/01/scenic-sunday-currumbin-sanctuary.html

Paul Wynn said...

That's a lot of birds and a different ones too.. good shots considering they're pretty hard to catch

Harold B Photography said...

Nice birds. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. To answer your question, I was skiing at Killington Vermont.
Cheers,
Harold
myworldthruthelens.blogspot.com

Ann said...

It wasn't easy taking the bird photos, they keep running or flying away. I wish I have these big zoom in lens camera.

My "guides" told me the name of this birds.

Thank you Reader Wil.

GingerV said...

good story and nice photos, seems that we have a bird here that is shaped like a wild turkey - make a great deal of noise at day break and dusk - but I've never gotten a photo of it. did you put your blog up on mr linky? the first one wont open so I don't know if it is yours, if it is can you put it up again.... hugs from Brasil

A Scattering said...

The Ibis is great! How do they get anything done with those beaks?!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Watching birds by the sea is such a luxury that I seldom enjoy.

All at once I feel connected with the world and nature.

It is always a sad farewell when I leave the edge of a beautiful ocean for the concrete jungle.

It is like having to make a crossing from spiritual to material world and it is indeed heartbreaking. But perhaps that is life.

I have to bring the mental pictures of the birds and keep the seagull calls in my ears!

Your photos magnify my thoughts and feelings.

Chef E said...

Ha, maybe I could have lost some weight by chasing some birds around. I wanted to go to the zoo, but it has been way too cold here for that...I love your bird selections...you are a go getter Ann! :)

Simply Heather said...

Ann, how is it that I didn't know you lived in New Zealand?! Geesh...where've I been?

So. Those birds with the long black beaky things...odd. I've never seen such a bird anywhere, not even on television.

Very neat. Cute, even.

Kerry said...

The birds in Australia make such a huge racket in the morning; it's impossible to sleep late there. But what a fantastic variety they have!

~JarieLyn~ said...

I'm with Heather, I've never seen that bird before. Also, I never would have guessed that the black bird was a wild turkey. It looks very interesting.

Jama said...

There's a big tree near my apartment, and it's the roosting place for them, so every evening it's so noisy!

Ann said...

Kerry and Jama,

Five years ago, just as I was leaving Singapore, your Govt authorized people to shoot birds, were they crows?

All the hot blooded trigger happy males couldn't be happier.

These birds were eating off alfresco hawker centres tables and "bombing" on diners.

Ann said...

Hi Heather,

I have been around 5 countries this year, and I also post my experiences in USA and Canada, and with my posting quite random topics, it is hard to find out where I am.

I live permanently in New Zealand. Right now, I am on a 5 weeks holidays in Australia.

No wonder I confused you. You are not the only person asking me where I am.

Pauline said...

Thanks for the photos of the Aussie birds, Ann. Makes me a bit homesick for the ark ark of the crow and the screech of the galahs. Aussie birds are so noisy, aren't they? I miss the company of the scrub turkeys which were many in my last Aussie home.

Jama said...

Yes, the Govt have given the green light to shoot those crows, they are a pest! I've seen the men shooting around my neighbourhood, and they are so good, never miss! but those birds are so smart, once they hear the gunshot, they'll fly off somewhere only to come back hours later. I hate to see them sitting on my laundry poles, and staining my clothes with their poos. Some brave ones even made it into my kitchen!

Ann said...

Hi Jama,

Your son after NS should shoot them at bulls eye. At first your sun bathing bird was a victim of your govt's policy.

That's a maynah?

Watch carefully, you might get a pair of rare hill mynah, and you get $500.

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/11/hill-mynahs-rare-birds.html

This pair came outside my bedroom window and bathroom window, waking me up by pecking the glass, and calling out TIONG TIONG.

I joked with my daughter that we should trap them and sell at the black market. My husband said," Do this and the Singapore Govt will deport us."

What a waste.

J9 said...

Loved the Ibis - we don't see those here except in zoos. And your wild turkeys look similar to ours, but with different coloring. Great to see these Ann!

diane said...

Great post about our annoying birds but they are all protected. I agree with you about the crows at 4 in the morning.

Barry said...

Linda and I watched "The Nature of Things" last night, all about crows. It seems they are exceptionally intelligent birds. Linda was wondering, if their so smart, why they never come around our bird feeder.

Great post Ann!

Bengbeng said...

Hi Ann, :)

I found this for you. Have a nice day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKkVdknyD1o

Rebecca said...

Ibises are so interesting. I seldom see them here, occasionally when we go to the beach.

Carver said...

Great post and wonderful shots of the birds.

NanU said...

Great story to go with the pictures. It's so easy to get used to what's around us all the time, and so interesting to see what the wildlife is like somewhere else. We have pest birds too, but if any of yours came to visit, they'd really be exotic!

Queenmothermamaw said...

Hi Ann, a great post. I have never seen an Ibis, that I know of. I have that word in the crossword puzzle almost every day. With so few letters it is a favorite of a lot of puzzles. I love watching the birds outside my kitchen windows. We keep them feed, but every time I go out to get a picture, they fly away.
QMM

Sarah said...

Oh that is great!! I love these shots!! Wonderful!

Doreen said...

the second pic is a very interesting looking bird. is that the ibis? strange to hear they are such pests to have around. great shoot out!

Patience-please said...

I'm surprised that you have wild turkeys. Are they native???

shabby girl said...

Great photos. so cool to see the differences, and the similarities, of where we all live.

SOL said...

One thing we miss in photos of birds is the music they make. Some make prettier music than others! People feed the seaguls at the Jersey shore too and they do get aggressive. Loved that shot of the bird with the hook beak.

Scriptor Senex said...

Great shots - I love the Ibis. Thanks for taking part.

Ann said...

I was reading a fellow blogger who posted a lot of birds, some big and some small. She reminded me that my dad, and his 8 brothers, and all his cousin brothers were named after birds. It started with the older male with the biggest bird, Dad was fairly high up the line, I think he was a hawk. By the time it came to 7th uncle, he was a swallow. You can imagine 9th uncle was a very very small bird. In Chinese, a Liang bird.

Jen said...

Outstanding! You have a really nice set of bird shots.

Patty said...

Wonderful, Ann. I love the story. We have a lot of wild turkeys around these parts. They are so cute. Well, I think they are. Heehe.