To BIRD is Human … to FORGIVE … DOVE-ine ~ Creative Arts THURSDAY/FRIDAY

  
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To BIRD is Human … to FORGIVE … DOVE-ine ~ Creative Arts THURSDAY/FRIDAY
 

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Redwing Blackbird, Female in a Salt Marsh

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

POST WHATEVER CREATIVE STUFF YOU CARE TO SHARE … don't BIRD-en yourselves trying to post bird photos … creative commentary can be quite artistic.

NOTE: The bird depicted atop the article is a MOURNING DOVE ("Mourning" refers to the mournful sound of the species' call).

 
 
 
evilgenius
1.1  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

Morning doves are my mom's favorites. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

Beautiful birds Mac. There were a few that hung out around my Grandmother's back yard years ago, and I always loved to hear them call. I have never seen a Redwing Blackbird before. Thanks for sharing the photo with us.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @1.2    2 months ago
I have never seen a Redwing Blackbird before.
Then meet the MALE, RW!
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 A "horse" of a different color!
 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.2.1    2 months ago

Wow! What a real difference! ow I see where they get the name Redwing Black Bird. That is one very majestic bird! jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.2.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.2.1    2 months ago

He's a beauty, Mac. Whenever I see your birds, I think of my mother in law who loved your work and was a fellow photographer.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

I had always thought they were called Mourning Doves because if they lose their mate, they never mate again and mourn the one they lost.

Great photo of the blackbird.  I appreciate the fact that you now always include something else in the photo and do not totally isolate the bird, which adds an element of naturalness to the photo.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.3.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3    2 months ago

I think the sound like our great horned owls.... who, who, who..

 
 
 
Nona62
1.3.2  Nona62  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3    2 months ago

I have heard the same. I get a lot of them by my house.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

I love the song of both mourning doves and redwing blackbirds. Everytime I hear a mourning dove I think of rain

 
 
 
TTGA
2.1  TTGA  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    2 months ago
Everytime I hear a mourning dove I think of rain

Up here in Michigan, whenever I hear one, I think that Spring is here (or that Fall isn't over yet).  I first heard them on the 22nd.  Ah ha, spring is here.  Then I looked out the window at this.

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Luckily, two days later on the 24th, it was like this.

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Around here, Winter always takes a last shot.  I do hope that it actually WAS its last shot.  It usually happens in the middle of May.  By the way, I zoomed the second picture in close and then went outside and looked.  Every twig on the tree has at least one bud on it.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  TTGA @2.1    2 months ago

Really nice juxtaposition of two images. Well done!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  TTGA @2.1    2 months ago

Lots of photographers love this concept but few deliver such a perfect tandem of images! You are to be applauded for this result!

 
 
 
TTGA
2.1.3  TTGA  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.1.2    2 months ago

They weren't really that great Mac, mostly because I was old and tired and, mostly, lazy.  The first shot was taken from my front porch, the second from my office window, about ten feet to the right and ten feet higher.  It could have been perfect if I had walked down the stairs to take the picture, but I was recovering from the flu and it was just too much effort.

  Maybe next time I should have Greyson take the shot.  That boy has enormous photographic talent and an eye for a good shot, but no respect for precision machinery.  He tends to drop cameras.  What the heck, he's 10.  It's going to take a while before he gets the idea that you want to take more than one picture before destroying the camera.  I'm working on it, because I think he has the gift.  When he gets older, he'll be great or he'll destroy a lot of cameras, maybe both.

 
 
 
evilgenius
3  evilgenius    2 months ago

Had to go from a drive on Sunday and found this little one having a late lunch by the side of the road.

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A. Macarthur
3.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  evilgenius @3    2 months ago

Looks like a Cooper's Hawk, EG.

 
 
 
evilgenius
3.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @3.1    2 months ago

I hadn't thought of that! I thought it might be a Red Shouldered Hawk. I'm barely passable at bird identification. 

 
 
 
JaneDoe
4  JaneDoe    2 months ago

These Sandhills Cranes have been visiting our neighborhood. They are beautiful and very loud.

Stay healthy and take care everyone!

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Ender
5  Ender    2 months ago

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Just seeing what is going on in here...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago

Peek-a-Boo! Who are you?

 
 
 
Kavika
5.2  Kavika   replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago

Peek-a-Boo, I see you.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago

???

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5.4  1stwarrior  replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago

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Are we aliens?

 
 
 
MUVA
5.4.1  MUVA  replied to  1stwarrior @5.4    2 months ago

How do you change the batteries?

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5.4.2  1stwarrior  replied to  MUVA @5.4.1    2 months ago

Very carefully with little briberies in your other hand :-)

 
 
 
TTGA
5.4.3  TTGA  replied to  1stwarrior @5.4    2 months ago

You almost expect Rod Serling to be talking to you.  "I WILL RULE.  You, human, WILL obey.".   I, the cat goddess, have spoken.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5.4.4  1stwarrior  replied to  TTGA @5.4.3    2 months ago

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He heard you.

 
 
 
Ender
6  Ender    2 months ago

A different kind of bird...

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Raven Wing
6.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @6    2 months ago

Really nice ornaments, Ender. They certainly do brighten up the Christmas tree!

 
 
 
Kavika
6.2  Kavika   replied to  Ender @6    2 months ago

Very nice Ender.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @6    2 months ago

Merry Christmas.  LOL

 
 
 
Ender
6.3.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.3    2 months ago

Well, there is another bird I could show...

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Just Kidding!

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Just joking with ya.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @6.3.1    2 months ago

LOL

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6.3.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @6.3.1    2 months ago
Well, there is another bird I could show...

Hmm.....now that is a strange 'bird'...as it has no feathers. (grin)

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.3.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Raven Wing @6.3.3    2 months ago

Really nice Ender... boy these days are really blurring one day into another. It's Christmas again? WOW! 

 
 
 
Steve Ott
7  Steve Ott    2 months ago

Hummer in the evening:

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Raven Wing
7.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Steve Ott @7    2 months ago

Hummer in the morning - Hummer in the evening - Hummer at supper time! (grin)

 
 
 
Steve Ott
7.1.1  Steve Ott  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1    2 months ago

LOL. I needed that.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
7.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Steve Ott @7.1.1    2 months ago

Nice moody photo, Steve.

 
 
 
devangelical
7.2  devangelical  replied to  Steve Ott @7    2 months ago

I wasted a good portion of my childhood summer days trying to catch one of those 70mph feathered ping pong balls

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8  Raven Wing    2 months ago

A Shaman performing a sacred Ritual.

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Kavika
8.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @8    2 months ago

Very cool.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @8.1    2 months ago

Thank you Kavika. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @8    2 months ago

Stunning.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.2    2 months ago

Thanks Buzz. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
8.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Raven Wing @8    2 months ago

Always love your work, but this one is extra special.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @8.3    2 months ago

Thank you too Perrie. Really appreciate your compliments. (smile)

 
 
 
Kavika
9  Kavika     2 months ago

I thought you might be interested in the photos of the Red Lake College (Red Lake Ojibwe Nation Northern MN) that was completed in late 2018. opened for business 2019. Kind of unique.

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Buzz of the Orient
9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9    2 months ago

Fantastic!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
9.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @9    2 months ago

Indeed that it very unique. It really speaks for itself. Fascinating! 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
9.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @9    2 months ago

What a cool building! It's art. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Here is a Friday addition just for fun...

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Buzz of the Orient
10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @10    2 months ago
What an amazing blend of the two images.
 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1    2 months ago

Thank you Buzz.

 
 
 
Kavika
10.2  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @10    2 months ago

Blending the powerful and beautiful.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @10.2    2 months ago

Thanks Kavika.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
11  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

This is Kung Fu, NOT Kung Flu.  I took this photo at Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Kung Fu.

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Kavika
11.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    2 months ago

Love the fact that it is the birthplace of Kung Fu.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    2 months ago

I love to watch the Kung Fu artists in action. They can do some amazing things and so very quickly. Truly amazing.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
11.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    2 months ago

I'm embarrassed about the quality of that photo but you may be aware that my desktop had crashed and anywhere to get it fixed has not yet reopened, and I am using an ancient crippled laptop that overheats and shuts itself down after 15 minutes of use.  All my good photos and editing program are on my crashed desktop.

 
 
 
pat wilson
12  pat wilson    2 months ago

Saw a very unusual bird this morning...

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Kavika
12.1  Kavika   replied to  pat wilson @12    2 months ago

LOL, looks a lot like the gillygalou bird.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.2  Raven Wing  replied to  pat wilson @12    2 months ago

Now THAT is indeed a strange looking bird. It looks it likes a few nuts hanging around the areas. (smile)

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
12.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  pat wilson @12    2 months ago

I think he's adorbs and a great shot Pat!

 
 
 
devangelical
12.3.1  devangelical  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @12.3    2 months ago

yeah they're cute, right up until they urinate or defecate on you while you're 25 feet up on a telephone pole.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @12    2 months ago

So THAT'S what a Catbird looks like.  Does anyone have a photo of a Birddog?

 
 
 
pat wilson
12.4.1  pat wilson  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.4    2 months ago

"Squirrel"!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @12.4.1    2 months ago
Oooops. It looked like a cat to me. I've not seen a squirrel for almost 14 years. I think the people here ate them all. Probably liked them better than bats.
 
 
 
shona1
12.4.3  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.4.2    2 months ago

I thought it was a Brush Tailed Possum for a second..thought nah..You can't have them over there in the States and realised it was a Squirrel...Don't have them here...a pity as I like them..Keep well and stay safe in China Buzz..

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.4.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @12.4.3    2 months ago

Thanks shona - the epidemic is pretty well over where I am, things are getting back to normal, storew and restaurants opening but only the schools/universities are still closed.   Have not seen any bodies lying in the streets which would be a pretty big disappointment to some members here. 

 
 
 
devangelical
12.5  devangelical  replied to  pat wilson @12    2 months ago

... as a former lineman in the 80's, I hate those little !@#*$#&. we called them circus rats.

 
 
 
Kavika
13  Kavika     2 months ago

This is an animal that few have ever seen. It's native to parts of Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia.

When I first moved to Australia my kids and grandkids kept telling me about the Tree Kangaroo and, of course, I thought it was like the snipe in the US..non existent. 

We were in Queensland (Brisbane area) walking through the forest and my grandson said, ''look a Tree Kangaroo'' I looked up and there to my complete amazement was a Tree Kangaroo looking down at us.

I was frozen in place and without a camera. In a minute or so it jumped from one tree to another. I guessed that the distance was around 20 feet. 

I later found out that they are capable of jumping up to 30 feet between trees and can jump from as high as 60 feet to the ground without injuring themselves. They weigh between 15 and 30 lbs.

They are amazing creatures. 

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MUVA
13.1  MUVA  replied to  Kavika @13    2 months ago

That is a squirrel on steroids.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @13    2 months ago

WoW! That is amazing. To be able to jump from that high to the ground and not get injured is just unbelievable!  They obviously have a tremendous built-in impact resistance. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
13.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @13    2 months ago

He is totally amazing. I hope they are doing well since the fire. 

 
 
 
shona1
13.3.1  shona1  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @13.3    2 months ago

A/noon Perrie..Tree Kangaroos live mainly up far north Queensland so well away from the fires in New South Wales and Victoria..This is not to say they don't get fires up Queensland they do, but no where near the extent we cop in the Southern States....All the bushfires are out, green growth is returning and slowly the gumtrees are sprouting once again..There is a very long way to go but Mother Nature is once again working her magic...Some Koalas have been released back into the bush, some are still in care and some will never be able to due to injuries..They will remain in Sanctuaries etc. As the grass and native vegetation regenerate it is amazing how quickly small animals return..then the larger ones move back in as well...It has been the nature of this land for tens of thousands of years and it will all come back...Till next time and that here, is a given....

 
 
 
shona1
13.3.2  shona1  replied to  shona1 @13.3.1    2 months ago

Evening Perrie..Just put the rubbish bin out for the garbos to collect...and looked up into the gumtree ..One very large Koala having a good feed..So nice to see and we are very protective of our "Fozzy Bear" in this street...So a little good news, in these dark times...

 
 
 
sixpick
14  sixpick    2 months ago

Mourning Dove Song and Sounds by Mourning Doves and Red Winged Blackbird Calls

Mourning Dove - Mourning Dove (Lisa Stubbs and Niel Brooks)

Mourning dove

send me your love

Bring me peace

sprouted from a seed

 

Roots twirl all around

Fill me up with the sound

Reverberate the rocks

Through the cracks and aftershocks

Lift me up from the ground

 

Keep me warm

sheltered from the storm

Wrap me up

tight like a glove

 

In a cozy quilt

Made with the strength of spiders' silk

That engulfs all my body

While soft patterns camouflage me

and none of the flowers can wilt

 

Mourning dove, cooing from above

Safe in the trees, won't you send your love to me

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
14.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  sixpick @14    2 months ago

Hey, Six,

Good to see you again.

And again, I am greatly appreciative of the participation in this thread! Many thanks to each of you.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Here is a picture I took of a strange bird I found sitting in a palm tree near my patio of a house I lived in 5 years ago. I had never seen anything like it before, I thought it would be gone by the time I woke up the next morning, but, it was still there, and it just moved from one branch to another for two days. It made no sound I could tell, and just looked down at me when I talked to it. Not knowing what it ate, I left bits of various odd for it on the garage roof near the tree. But, it did not appear to eat any of it during the time it was there. When I woke up on the third day it had left.

I posted a picture of it and Mac identified it as being a Juvenile Night Heron. Here is a photo of it in the palm tree as close as I could get with my zoom lens;

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And a photo of it as it as I first found it,

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It first started out sitting on a light branch, but, each time I went out and talked to it, it would move down a little closer, perhaps to get a better view of ME (grin)  It was strange that, we had three dogs in the yard at the time, and although they would sit and look up at it, none of them barked at it, even when it moved. I don't know if they were not sure what it was either. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
16  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

I was thinking of posting some more photos from China but there are so many NT members who believe all the fake news about China and the virus that they will think they will catch the virus from them.

 
 
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