Macaw

Macaws…one of the most well known parrot species in the world (and a pirate’s best friend). What many people don’t know is that they can actually blush when excited. White turns to pink on the face, as it has done here, and the bird communicates that it is highly focused on something. Pretty cool, no?

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On Talking Terms Again

Photo Credit: K Schneider via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: K Schneider via Compfight cc

Recently, I wrote a post about working with birds to help them speak our human language.  Most often, when we think of talking birds, parrots come to mind.  However, did you know there are several species outside of the parrot world which can mimic both a variety of sounds and speech beautifully?  A list of them (per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_bird) includes mynah birds, corvids, starlings, mockingbirds, lyrebirds, and the Australian magpie!  Here are a few videos depicting a mynah and starling  being exceptionally articulate and of a lyrebird imitating some amazing noises (including the noise of a camera shudder).

Searching for Solitude

wpid-20150212_100453-1.jpgHere 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.