Thanks to the internet, researching posts for this website and the patience and skill of some incredible photographers, I have become enamored of birds–or at least images of them. I’ve gone from being someone interested in only a few striking breeds that live near me, like the blue herons and egrets, to someone totally charmed by the incredibIe diversity, the colors, the beauty and the sometimes awesome or funny behavior of our flying friends. I hope this leaves you feeling the same . Don’t miss the videos at the end.
If I know what kind of bird it is, I label it. Same with the photographer. I welcome added info as well as comments, as always.
Please see comments below by Eduardo Bernardi to explain this next image. The “Coloruja” does look like a photoshopped version of the Red-breasted toucan. Sorry, but I think he looks better without the huge beak–at least more amusing.
Here’s what some photographers go through to bring us these pictures.
Transformer owl, what a hoot. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth dealing with the music and other distractions.
This extraordinary video capturing the mating ritual of the Japanese Red Crowned Dancing Cranes is thanks to Anna Osetroff Productions. The full video is available here.
and to Amazing things in the World, on facebook. Also thanks to Iva for helping identify several of the birds.
If you are interested in more birds on this site, click Birds 1 or Birds 2. You can also check out posts on specific birds: Cuckoos and honey guides, or Social Weavers, Hippie Birds, or Blue-Footed Booby or Bower Birds or finally Peculiar bird mating rituals.
See? You can spend a whole day absorbed in the wonder of bird variety.