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.
Another great collection! Where do you find the time with all you do?
Love this one.
NUEVAMENTE DOY LAS GRACIAS A LOS MAGNÍFICOS FOTÓGRAFOS QUE ESTÁN AHÍ EN EL MOMENTO PRECISO.
GRACIAS A USTEDES DE HACERNOS PARTÍCIPEs DE TANTA BELLEZA
Simply gorgeous! Mother Nature at her very best!! Birds are some of the most amazing creatures in the world!
In the wake of the Paris attacks and the resulting political turmoil, this fun and beauty is so very uplifting. Thank you again, Dusky.
the dusty pictures are the best. beautiful birds to see in ugly times makes us all know there still is beauty in the world thank you
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Dusky you’re the greatest!Bringing Nature’s enlightenment to a dark world,thanks so much!
You are such a caring person. It shows in the topics you choose and the care you take in their presentation…GREAT job
Excellent ! Thank You.
So much beauty: it blows me away! – I really needed to see this after reading the news. I was about to get depressed –
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful, am sharing with friends, for we all need to see more beauty in the world, and hope for less violence.
Thank you.. Nature at its very best ..I adore my birds .
Sharing them with bird lovers ..You always give me joy .MjC
Fab Feathers !! Thank You
This year, for Thanksgiving, Dusky, I am going to be thankful for you , and all you do to bring beauty and joy into the world. I hope you realize how much you are appreciated! Lia
Wow with a capital W! natures gifts or God’s creations? beautiful and mesmerizing !
Dusky, you never fail to dazzle and delight! What a feast for the eyes! Thank you so much.
In these troubled times it is healing to receive your wondersite
photos and for a moment let in the beauty, silliness and joy
of nature’s handiwork. Thank you!
What a treasure of beautiful photos. Remarkable collection you presented.
Awesome Shows Gods beauty and since of humor
Great shots of great birds!!
thank you so much for your kind words. You return the favor by making me feel good as you enjoy the images I find.
beautiful birds, i’d like a hat like the malaquita king fisher !!
The Beauty, the Sweatnes, the Iintimacy, the Love, the Creativity
Of Nature Warms My Heart.
Excellent photography of amazing birds – I haven’t seen ANY birds at my feeder as yet this year !
Wonderful pictures. NATURE IS A MIRACLE:
Thank you good image,
Geweldig/amazing! Glad these wonderful pictures came to Nederland, thanks to a relative living in the USA.
What a treasure you are Dusky, as many have said in their comments, these are troubled times, why though beats me, if more people went out and actually looked at the beautiful world around them instead of bringing heartbreak and horror what a wonderful world it would be.
Amazing what a brilliant imagination the Creator of the world has. No human could come up with such diversity nor such beauty. yet the world has millions of unique creations all perfectly designed. We must thank the One Above.