Imagine you're a Monk Parakeet. Now imagine that it's time to build a nest of twigs! And since you're of this species of parakeets, the only kind to build a multiple chamber of nests grouped together for a colony, the placement of each and EVERY twig must fit perfectly for stability, not to mention the hunt for such twigs and carrying them back in your beak to the chosen area! One twig of the many thousands of twigs....it will take weeks!
Here is a very short 45 second video of the challenge. It's fun to watch the precision and satisfaction when the parakeet is done!! I had good intentions of a much longer video, but it started to sprinkle and I felt rushed to get some of the action so it's kinda jumpy since the camera was hand held and not on the tripod, and I didn't want to be stuck out in the rain getting my camera wet. I headed back to the car, and by the time I got to the car door I was in a downpour! Last night we got a LOT of rain at home, which was a much needed amount. I will try and return to the nesting area in town at a later date to see the progression...
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In a previous post from some time ago, I mentioned I was only going to do an Easter Basket for home decoration. Well, I lied. Kinda sorta. Bud came home with a new jelly bean dish as a gift for me. It's of pink glass, bought at Target when he stopped there on his way home one day. He likes Jelly Beans. Now tell me, just how am I supposed to keep in step with the downsizing of too much clutter in the house when he comes home with little things like this? But, it's darned cute...
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-well, the 2nd picture anyway-
Outside a local restaurant a new bronze statue was placed along with landscaped rose bushes. Pretty against the blue sky. I walked over to get a photo of the new attraction with my cellphone. Focusing mainly on the antlers against the blue. Yep, pretty! And quite detailed. Then, as I stepped down from the lighted cement surface, I spotted something amiss. Can you see what I saw?
Bronze Sculpture of an Elk about 3 times life-size...pretty impressive among the rose bushes! But.....
oh, oh...who did this? Really? I couldn't believe my eyes! What's wrong with this picture? This is all kinds o' wrong. Should I go into the establishment and tell them? Or just walk away? Tsk. Tsk. Is the artist ignorant by error? Was it an honest mistake? Who knows....I just walked away. But it's still kinda disconcerting.
Look...see if you notice the error...
just in case you haven't picked up on it yet....check this out. And if you're still puzzled, scroll down*
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While walking along the ship channel some time ago, the American Flag was whipping in the gentle breeze. Then, I noticed something atop the flagpole. Can you see me now?
An American Kestrel!
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Oftentimes I try and get a fitting caption. With this photo I thought of the Christmas Carol "Go Tell It on the Mountain" even tho when I spotted this gathering of the pigeon congregation, it wasn't anywhere NEAR Christmastime.
*the hoof of an elk [or deer] is split [a cloven hoof]!! Not like depicted in the sculpture of a horse's hoof!!