Here are my Budgies, Siri and Soma! I was challenged by Photography 101 to share a photo which illustrates the word “connect,” and my birds were definitely connected in the moment depicted here. I was in the midst of clicker training them to touch the pink ball you see in the photo, and they were working hard to figure out what I wanted ( Siri especially, as you can see by her cocked head). They became quite consistent about touching the ball after some practice, Siri leading the way and Soma following after his cage mate proved that the ball wasn’t going to detonate at any moment! That is the fun of working with multiple birds. Sometimes a brave one can encourage a more reserved flock mate to step outside of the comfort zone!
Here is a sweet photo I captured of Sydney, my Cockatiel, as he was sitting alone on his playground. The picture addresses the Photography101 challenge of depicting solitude within the confines of the “Rule of Thirds.” For those of you who are scratching your heads or wondering why I didn’t shoot just 1/3 of Sydney, the Rule of Thirds requires you to picture a grid on top of your potential photo, like a Tic-Tac-Toe board. Then you place your subject where two of the lines would intersect or along the lines. It creates interest and artistry, as the subject isn’t just dead center.
The word “bliss” inspired today’s photo! I decided to share with you a photo of my bird Siri, napping on her perch. She was so “blissfully” unaware that I took my phone and layed it right near the top of her head, and she didn’t even stir. Isn’t it amazing how birds can sleep perched like this and not fall? There is a wonderful article which explains the fact that their legs and feet work on something akin to a pulley system. When their legs are out and extended (as they often are before landing), their feet open. However, when they are in a more crouched position, their feet automatically close and can “clamp” onto things. This works very well for raptors when they extend their legs to reach for prey and then pull the catch close, so it can be held tightly. Click here for that article, if you’re intrigued enough to learn more! (Note: there is some evidence that not every single bird species has this “pulley system” in place. The European Starling was found to be an exception, as you can read in the article I mentioned)
Today’s photo post ties into the theme of “water.” I decided to take a less direct approach than shooting a body of water, so I am sharing a picture of my Cockatiel Sydney, right after he received his first bath. As you can tell, there is still a bit of water in those soft feathers of his. Oftentimes, birds really enjoy taking baths. Just give them a reservoir or stream of water, a feeling of security, and they jump right in. Fearlessly, feet first, and feathers flying. Sydney, however, was a bit more apprehensive. I put him near a gently running faucet and pretty soon, both he and the faucet were running! Not wanting to traumatize the poor bird, I just let a bit of water run over him from my hand, which he still wasn’t crazy about, but tolerated. I am proud to say that now, he will stand next to a bird bath, while I dip my fingers in and then sprinkle him. It’s progress, folks, it’s progress.