Does anyone else here feel like Burt Lancaster in the Birdman of Alcatraz? Oh, to be that little birdie with his freedom.
So let’s take wing and celebrate our feathered friends around the world.
Rio Formosa, Quinta do Lago, Algarve: And anyone who didn’t think that God has a sense of humour hasn’t paid attention to how he made us all.
For every pink flamingo there’s a Spoonbill.
I found these fancy snouted fellas in the Via Formosa in Quinta do Lago in the Algarve…
Their bills, of course, are purpose-built to scoop up all that pond life to give them fuel for the skies.
Yes, Pink Flamingoes
In the pink: In Busch Gardens
Pink Flamingoes, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, Florida: And for those Fiftysomethings among us the opening shots for the Florida soap Flamingo Road made us fall in love with these birds
Yes, and Morgan Fairchild, to be fair.
I got up close with a flamingo out in SeaWorld and again he is a reminder of God’s Grandeur.
Heron good things about you
You’ll have a long wingspan then
Herons, Kuramathi, The Maldives: And you know when a bird has her eye on you.
She even came into the pool with me every morning.
Kuramathi is a bird-watcher’s dream, big, small, skinny, plump, and every colour.
And as bird-watching is a stationary pastime isn’t it a relief that you don’t have to freeze your whatsits off either?
Caribbean wood doves and mockingbirds
I would forgive Rihanna anything though.
The West Indians take their nature very seriously, just as seriously as their rum and their music.
You can stay too and awake to birdsong.
And not forgetting the Duck
Ducks everywhere: Whether they’re the rubber ones in your bath at Hastings Hotels in Northern Ireland (or in mine).
MEET YOU WITH YOUR BINOS