Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bird Portraiture: Common Loon

Common Loon
Church Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada
Member of the Loon Family
*true bird fact*~ The de facto national bird of Canada, she appears on the Candian one-dollar coin. Dollars are commonly called 'Loonies' there for this reason.

Endlessly pleasant and charitable towards friends and strangers alike
Never has a moment of downtime- an athlete, socially active, sings, volunteers at a soup kitchen
Looks at the Canada Goose with a combination of sympathy and confusion; doesn't really understand why they couldn't be great friends 
The more you get to know her, the more sure you become that she doesn't really have any flaws or normal-person-issues, which is almost more unnerving than anything else you could discover, if you think about it
Still, a great bird that one can't help but admire. Has many admirers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bird Portraiture: Canada Goose

Canada Goose
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Member of the Goose/Duck Family
*true bird fact*~ While nesting, she loses flight feathers, making it impossible for her to fly until her chicks hatch. That's pretty deep if you think about it.

Filled with resentments
Especially critical of the Common Loon, who she believes does not deserve to be Canada's national bird
Fond of fake flowers
Keeps herself in really incredible shape with esoteric workout routines
Not especially pleasant to be around, pushes your buttons

Has a weird tongue (but don't make fun of her for it, you're above that)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Birds.gif: Seagull Stomp

You better just click on this
The video that this striking .gif image comes from was taken long before the amateurnithologist had a nice camera or was indeed an amateurnithologist at all. Identifying him is hard with quality this low, but current bet is that he is a Herring Gull, most common gull in Scotland (where this video was taken). This odd and enticing behavior is likely intended to draw worms or other insects out of the ground (perhaps by mimicking the sound of rain), but it's all speculation at this point.

And just for fun..

Oh yeah, and bird blog is back, act like you know