I find birds endlessly fascinating. There’s a murder of crows that likes to hang out in our back yard. They often sit on our birdbath and leave us dubious presents. Half a pancake. Soggy bread. Shrimp. One sometimes hops along the fence, following me as I water plants. I enjoy hearing them screaming indignantly at each other, and yet purring as they mate.
We also have juncos that love to eat the insects in our yard. They remind me that we are just one of many lives that inhabit our “property”, and that we should therefore walk as gently upon the earth as possible. It’s a habitat for us all.
I could watch hummingbirds for hours. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be them. I’m glad they are part of my world.
The time has come again for the annual Audubon Photography Awards. They are always exciting to see. I like that the photographers include a back story about what exactly was going on, and how the picture was taken. It adds to it, somehow, knowing the drama.
These amazing photos never fail to demonstrate the lives of birds. Whether it’s nesting, hunting, caring for chicks, flying, playing, grooming, or mating, these intimate photographs bring you right there. Now there’s even an award for video footage, which is really exciting.
Whether you’re interested in seeing the award-winning photography or not, I strongly urge you to check out the Audubon website and learn more about these descendants of dinosaurs. It will broaden your horizons. And it might even convince you to keep your cats indoors.
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