Thursday, June 20, 2013

Learning from the Sky

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.
~Wallace Stevens

Such amazing variety in birds! I've posted about feathers, bird counts, and birdsongs before, but today, we've got the whole bird. If you find yourself inspired to start birdwatching, check out the links at the end.

Young red-footed booby
Taken in the Palmyra Atoll by the United States Coast Guard

Splendid Fairy Wren (face fan display)
photo by Nevil Lazarus

Superb Lyrebird, Victoria, Australia
photo by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Snowy Egret
by David Hall, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

European Bee-eater, France. The female awaits the offering which the male will make.
photo by Pierre Dalous

A Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), Tasmania, Australia
photo by JJ Harrison

Southern Crowned Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri)
photo by Luc Viatour

A Perched Long-billed Corella (Cacatua (Licmetis) tenuirostris)
photo by JJ Harrison

Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae), Thailand
photo by JJ Harrison

Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), in breeding plumage, Tasmania, Australia
photo by JJ Harrison

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
~Robert Lynd

How to Bird Watch, from WikiHow
All About Birds, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Birdwatching Apps
Birdwatching Daily
Birding Blog List

The post title is from a quote:
“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.”
~Mark Nepo


HWY said...

Fantastic photos...of fantastic birds. Difficult to name a favorite, but the Splendid Fairy Wren is a Wow!

We love sitting on our porch and watching all the many varieties who stop by...from hummingbirds to orioles, they're all quite beautiful and charming.

M Pax said...

My cat enjoyed those photos, and they are beautiful birds. Bird watching is very popular around here.

Author Amok said...

Splendid Fairy Wren -- what a name. Tabatha, Sidney Wade, who I studied with at Gettysburg last week, has a new book of bird poems coming out. She's an amateur bird watcher. I heard a few poems from the book. They are also splendid!