Monday, April 25, 2011

Crab claw

Today I saw a roadrunner run up the branch of a mesquite tree with a humming bird hovering the top corner.
A dove was whoo hooing on the top of the building like it were a portent call of something about to happen. roadrunner seemed like it was looking out from the ramparts, the oncoming seize of the enemy. The dove and the roadrunner stagnant and the humming bird suspended. the tree seemed like it could sustain varying levels of activity.

looking at the white claw with the jaw look, I wondered what animal had a narrow mouth but no face.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Basic Birding

Last time when I went birdwatching I noticed a contradicting fly that would be bisexual, its front had green of a dragonfly but the rest was the blue of a damselfly. Audubon's collection had a guide to the flies and found it to be a common green darner.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spindling cliff swallows

Cormorants would fly in batches, reel around an island of trees, dive into the water and flow with the currents.
Many of them leave flaps of water in their wake.
Today while looking at a picture of a gliding hawk, horizontal view, I was reminded of the extended 'r's we would use to denote birds in sketches.
A faint look at Sora.
Saw a hawk's claw, real pointy edges.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bird off the wire

Glass conspires to fly
Another time I saw this, I could just walk into the balcony and collect the feathers. Now sealed in a small ziploc which comes with an extra set of buttons in it. Then the feathers were of hummingbird, too small to picture.
This happened with a thud. I gathered my senses to call help if I needed to handle a miscreant. When I saw the feathers sticking I looked down to the ground and found a beautiful bird lying.
Bubbles Most life is christened when they are born but not so with this messenger from skies.
I looked for any prints on the glass like we were showed at an Audubon centre. The dove must have fared worse. And what of the hummingbird?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Into the Amazon

This essay by Charles Waterton is about birds of Amazon

Henry Seebohm's essay on birds in Siberia. Access to more of his books

Grant Allen's essay Prophetic Autumn can be read from his book Moorland Idylls

Encantadas by Herman Melville.

Interesting magazine collection.

Rachel Carson's work

Ernest Thompson Seton's essay The Wild Geese of Wyndygoul' from his book Wild Animal Ways

Richard Jeffries work

Already praised work of Edmund Selous

Find W H Hudson, Maurice Maeterlinck and others work

Teddy Roosevelts African game trails

Why birds Sing

This essay included in the 'By the Light of the Glow Worm Lamp' from Jacques Delamain (his 1931 book) is best read accompanied with the songs of the birds being talked about.
Serins, Cirl Bunting, Chaffinches, Mistle Thrush, Cetti's Warbler, Ortolan