PhotoHunter: Bird(s)

A day late and a dollar short… Well, a day late, anyway.

This week’s PhotoHunter theme is Bird(s). So, without further ado:

The reappearance of my sister’s Peach-faced Love Bird, Elvis. Sadly, Elvis isn’t the sexy boy he once was. He has taken to plucking out his feathers on his shoulders and back, leaving them bare.




These two lovely little fellows are older than I am (so… older than 53).  Once upon a time, there was a mother bird. However, she has long since disappeared. They would have been bought at this Swedish furnishings shop that I remember so well from the Hardy Arcade.

They  sat atop the piano for most of my life.

The one on the left is somewhat handicapped by his bent right leg and both are a bit scuffed but they are happy in their retirement home in the cabinet in my bedroom.

"Swedish Birds"

"Swedish Birds"

This last one is one of a series I took of a bird trapped between the glass and some plywood in the window of an abandoned building. Poor thing.




  1. Jennifer E. Nolan said,

    November 27, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    but so worth the wait! These are amazing!

  2. Susanne said,

    November 23, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Such beautiful color on his cheeks!

  3. jeff. said,

    November 23, 2009 at 7:19 am

    interesting photos …

  4. November 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    oh, this is just wonderful. The detail in Elvis’ plumage is beautiful. The carved birds are cool — I have a Mexican roadrunner that is a great carving. I didn’t even think of that one. The last is just so poignant and i love the black and white image. That choice is just right for the somber subject.

  5. marina said,

    November 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Stunning photo, the first one! Love the swedish birds, too.

  6. November 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    A superb set of photos. THe final one is sad. Happy weekend

  7. November 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Beautiful photos. I like them all.
    The first two are my favourites. Lovely detail, clarity and colour. Parrots are amazing!
    The second pair is similar to my own representations and sculptures of birds.
    The last photo is sad, but a part of reality that we cannot deny, even if we try to forget about all life’s fragility and our own mortality.
    I don’t mind that you are one day late. I’m glad that you decided to play PH anyway. You have left a very rich post.
    Thank you for visiting my blogpost.
    And welcome back, anytime!

  8. November 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    i love the first shot of the bird. it’s so beautifully detailed. happy weekend.:)

  9. azahar said,

    November 22, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I just knew Elvis would turn up for this week’s theme.

    • mudhooks said,

      November 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

      Elvis is the Man…. errr… Bird…. I just love the little guy.

  10. RJ Flamingo said,

    November 22, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Fascinating range of images for the theme – it’s amazing to me that a bird can live as long as me- and maybe longer!

    • mudhooks said,

      November 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

      I’m not sure what the record is but I’d say that some can live longer than a human, though we are gaining on them.

  11. Dianne said,

    November 22, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Great color! And an interesting contrast.

  12. alejna said,

    November 22, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Your bird is beautiful–such striking colors. I really love that first shot.

    As for the trapped bird, poor thing! It does make for a dramatic photo, though. Creepy!

    • mudhooks said,

      November 22, 2009 at 10:01 am

      Elvis is very definitely a beautiful fellow… or was until he started pulling his feathers out, poor guy.

      I just added another photo I forgot about.

  13. JO said,

    November 22, 2009 at 8:42 am

    awesome shots!

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