Tuesday, January 16, 2007

One Terrific Bird



Laura from 'Somewhere in NJ' was wondering if birds actually appreciate their own reflections. It's not difficult to imagine that this Reddish Egret must have some self-awareness. His pirouettes, grand jettes and fan dance seem very indicative of a healthy confidence born of a bit of preening in a watery mirror.

Anvil Cloud from 'Rain Drops' thought him 'odd-looking'. OK - I'll give you odd-looking PLUS. This bird is a high-stepping, coy, bold dazzler of fish (and people). A still photo doesn't do this bird justice. He flounces and foxtrots and fans and dodges as he tries to startle the fish into his range.

Bonita from 'Flitzy Phoebie' remarked about the noises herons and egrets make. For such pretty creatures they produce remarkably cranky sounds. No music here, but much visual delight.

Laurie from 'Don't Make Me Get My Flying Monkeys' - She's justed posted pictures of some darling cats that would love to get a look at this bird - and then I imagine they'd pass on it given his watery domain and ninja moves.

6 comments:

vicki said...

Wait! I was here moments ago- and I only saw the one mirrored reflection picture! Huh- maybe it's because I linked on over from Laura's yesterday post. Well, clearly you are now on your vacation and enjoying this bird.

KGMom said...

What wonderful photos. And your descriptions are so apt--ballet comparisons. As for self-awareness, though, I doubt it. I think they just like to show off--I have wings, and you don't!

Cathy said...

Sorry Vicki - it's not deja vu - it's an additonal post that allowed me to display yet more! of my own dazzling photographic pyrotechnics whilst stalking that incredible bird.

Cathy said...

Kgmom - You're right. And the taunt hurts. How many times have you watched birds and wanted for all the world to be able to soar up up and away? Aren't flying dreams ( the ones during REM) some of the most memorable?

Anonymous said...

Great pics!

Laurie said...

What wonderful photos. I hope you are having a blast! Our Christmas is going wonderfully! I'll post about it soon.