We’ll start off with a slight bit of organization: weird and amusing, then beautiful, then cute. Then we’ll just plunge into a mishmash of bird images, all wondrous.
Silkie Chick also known as Tiny Sasquatch
Crazy feet of a common coot by Pat L.314 on Flickr
Some birds have great hairdos.
Male Gang Gang Cockatoo
A chicken with a permanent by Anna Wight.
The Frilled Coquette Hummingbird is a species of hummingbird found only in Brazil.
Malaquita Kingfisher. No secret why it’s called a kingfisher.
Curl-Crested Aracari Another great hairdo.
Cassowaries (ratites) are large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and NE Australia. They grow to 6′ tall; up to 140 lbs w stout, powerful legs & long feet w 3 toes. In breeding season, females lay clutches of eggs directly on rainforest floor. The male then incubates them for about 50 days, leaving them only to drink. He cares for his offspring for up to 16 mo. Their diet is almost all fruit. They are important dispersers of rainforest seeds.
O.K. Before we have any more weirdness, let’s look at some beauty.
The tufted coquette in Trinidad, second only to the bee hummingbird as the smallest bird in the world. It tries to disguise its size with over-sized adornments.
Now, how about some cute?
Ooof! Who’s the favored child?
Time to leave the nest.
Now that you’re warmed up, we’ll move freely through a mixture of images.
Hooded merganser preening by Steve Courson on flickr
Shoebill – native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa by Jaff A on flickr. Hard to believe it’s real.
Buff-fronted Owl, from Highlands of South America.
Fluffy baby owl by Dominique A.
They think it’s their Mom.
Great Crested Grebe by Astland Photography on Flickr
Satyr Tragopan Bird – Colorful Asian pheasant.
male and female Ibis by MaddyCow on Flickr. Don’t they match the above pheasant beautifully?
Woodland Kingfisher by Isak Pretorius
Kingfisher pair, by hvhe1 on Flickr
Jambu Fruit Dove
by Isak Pretorius, the African Photographer
by Carlos Methfessel
If you want to keep going with past bird posts, choose from those presented here.
Many thanks to: Fiorino, Murray, Kathleen, Nan, Jen, George, John
Also: Dark Roasted Blend, Pinterest, and Isak Pretorius at The African Photographer.