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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.

birds, via Fiorino

 Silkie Chick also known as Tiny Sasquatch

Silkie Chick also known as Tiny Sasquatch

birds, via murray 3

Crazy feet of a common coot by Pat L.314 on Flickr

Crazy feet of a common coot by Pat L.314 on Flickr

Some birds have great hairdos.

A mowhawk

A mowhawk

Male Gang Gang Cockatoo

Male Gang Gang Cockatoo

A chicken with a permanent.

A chicken with a permanent by Anna Wight.

The Frilled Coquette Hummingbird is a species of hummingbird found only in Brazil.

The Frilled Coquette Hummingbird is a species of hummingbird found only in Brazil.

Malaquita Kingfisher. No secret why it's called a kingfisher.

Malaquita Kingfisher. No secret why it’s called a kingfisher.

Curl-Crested Aracari Another great hairdo.

Curl-Crested Aracari Another great hairdo.

Cassowaries (ratites) are large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea

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.

birds, via nan wickerbirds, murray 4

woodpecker

woodpecker

The tufted coquette in Trinidad, second only to the bee hummingbird as the smallest bird in the world. belies its size with over-sized adornments.

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.

birds, yellowbirds, via pint 2birds, via nan wicker, 2birds, via pint Now, how about some cute?

Baby falcon

Baby falcon

Killdeer chick

Killdeer chick

Ooof! Who's the favored child?

Ooof! Who’s the favored child?

Time to leave the nest.

Time to leave the nest.

birds, parents

Albatross, maybe

Albatross, maybe

birds, owlsNow that you’re warmed up, we’ll move freely through a mixture of images.

a Cassowary

a Cassowary

Red Avadavat

Red Avadavat

bird, 2bird, via drbbirds, 3

Hooded merganser preening by Steve Courson on flickr

Hooded merganser preening by Steve Courson on flickr

Shoebill - native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa by Jaff. Hard to believe it's real.

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.

Buff-fronted Owl, from Highlands of South America.

Fluffy baby owl.

Fluffy baby owl  by Dominique A.

birds, via gander

They think it's their Mom.

They think it’s their Mom.

Great Crested Grebe by Astland Photography on Flickr

Great Crested Grebe by Astland Photography on Flickr

Satyr Tragopan Bird - Colorful Asian pheasant.

Satyr Tragopan Bird – Colorful Asian pheasant.

 male and female Ibis by MaddyCow on Flickr. Don't they match the above Grebe beautifully?

male and female Ibis by MaddyCow on Flickr. Don’t they match the above pheasant beautifully?

Woodland Kingfisher by Isak Pretorius

Woodland Kingfisher by Isak Pretorius

birds, Kingfisher pair, by hvhe1 on Flickr

Kingfisher pair, by hvhe1 on Flickr

birds, via murray

 Jambu Fruit Dove

Jambu Fruit Dove

by Isak Pretorius Wildlife Photography

by Isak Pretorius, the African Photographer

by Carlos Methfessel

by Carlos Methfessel

Surfer bird

Surfer bird

exqui image, bird on mtIf 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.

 

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31 thoughts on “Birds, 8

  1. NUEVAMENTE DOY LAS GRACIAS A LOS MAGNÍFICOS FOTÓGRAFOS QUE ESTÁN AHÍ EN EL MOMENTO PRECISO.
    GRACIAS A USTEDES DE HACERNOS PARTÍCIPEs DE TANTA BELLEZA
    Verónica,Chiguayante-Chile.

  2. Simply gorgeous! Mother Nature at her very best!! Birds are some of the most amazing creatures in the world!

  3. In the wake of the Paris attacks and the resulting political turmoil, this fun and beauty is so very uplifting. Thank you again, Dusky.

  4. 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

  5. You are such a caring person. It shows in the topics you choose and the care you take in their presentation…GREAT job

  6. So much beauty: it blows me away! – I really needed to see this after reading the news. I was about to get depressed –

  7. Beautiful, am sharing with friends, for we all need to see more beauty in the world, and hope for less violence.

  8. Thank you.. Nature at its very best ..I adore my birds .
    Sharing them with bird lovers ..You always give me joy .MjC

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. The Beauty, the Sweatnes, the Iintimacy, the Love, the Creativity
    Of Nature Warms My Heart.

  12. Excellent photography of amazing birds – I haven’t seen ANY birds at my feeder as yet this year !

  13. Geweldig/amazing! Glad these wonderful pictures came to Nederland, thanks to a relative living in the USA.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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