Travel theme: Birds

After celebrating the king of all birds yesterday at the Wren Festival, I feel it only fair to give a nod to some other feathered friends, so here are a few fabulous birds I’ve spotted on my travels.

This chirpy little robin, a true harbinger of winter, followed me on a wintry hike around Howth Head. He was quite far off, but his song filled the air and his vibrant red feathers brightened up bare branches with a welcome flash of colour.

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Not at all chirpy and more than a little bit scary, this massive hawk swooped over my shoulder in Van Cortland Park in New York and ate a squirrel right in front of me.

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This dashing white peacock lives in the grounds of St. John the Divine in northern Manhattan and could be a contender for the title King of all Birds – he’s certainly got the outfit for the job.

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Finally, this little guy was a contender in the annual Georgetown Power Tool Drag Races in Seattle last year. He didn’t win the race, but he won my heart.

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Now it’s time to feather your own nest with your interpretation of this week’s travel theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Birds
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Knock me over with a feather!

xxx Ailsa

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Chinese proverb

“Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.” – Izaak Walton

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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156 Responses to Travel theme: Birds

  1. Rajiv says:

    This is truly lovely

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  3. Ese' s Voice says:

    Your hawk is magnificent, Ailsa! And that white peacock…like out of another world… Beautiful!
    These’re some of the ones I have noticed here, there: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/travel-theme-birds/

  4. oh yes, this will be fun! i loved all of these, thought htat last one was funny! is it standing on a peruvian ceramic? will be back soon! z

  5. Leya says:

    Great theme again, Ailsa! That hawk is magnificent and the peacock wonderful…but the last one…special species?! Just marvellous!

  6. Max510 says:

    Hi Ailsa and everybody friends
    here my choice this week
    http://max510.com/2013/12/27/weekly-travel-theme-birds/

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Max, these are gorgeous, so colourful and cheery. That toucan is stunning and oh my, how I long to visit the Galapagos, your photos are amazing. Those white birds look like they’re kissing! 🙂 xxx

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  8. What shots! I’m jealous and glad for you 😉

  9. Birds of prey are proud and fierce, yet beautiful. A great catch, Ailsa. And the peacock is very pretty. That last one made me grin. 😀 Thanks for another nice challenge!

    Here are my birds: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/travel-theme-birds/

  10. Melanie says:

    The peacock is my favorite!

  11. http://playamart.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/oh-to-be-a-bird/ how’s this for soon? for once i am not tardy and i am present for sure! checking out of the hotel now and then offline! glad i came up for air when your theme came through!

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  13. ninano says:

    My bird is made of paper. It’s difficult to get an interesting picture of real birds…
    http://vackrare.com/2013/12/27/birds-ailsas-travel-theme

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  16. Jaspa says:

    Another fun collection, Ailsa. Thanks! The robin makes me think of Christmas’s spent with Rich’s family back in the UK, but the guy in the last photo is my favourite! Here’s my attempt…
    http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/joyful-reflections-with-birds/

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  20. That hawk is amazing, but that last shot, well, that bird wins the prize. 😉

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  22. Great Theme! I love birds. 12 years ago I owned 27 different species INDOORS. It became overwhelming. All of my photos of this time are on paper not digital sadly but I will watch and admire! I have ONE that I took in Lancaster County !

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  24. tempnuala says:

    I have thousands of bird images but no time to filter them so I am putting up my nature album which has a couple of bird images…
    http://mahons.org/nature/
    What camera/lens do you use Ailsa? They are lovelt images

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  26. dadirri7 says:

    the humble robin is my favourite Ailsa, I love the setting of bare branches … the others are magnificent … your challenge has caused me hours of fun today going through some bird photos of 2013 … http://dadirridreaming.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/travel-theme-birds/

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  29. AJ Vosse says:

    They say… birds of a feather flock together… I may have to show you a few Dublin birds… 😉

  30. spnphoto says:

    Excellent shot and framing!

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  32. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa, Great robin. Birds everywhere and I hadn’t even noticed half of them. Here’s my set.
    http://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/birds/
    regards Peet

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  39. Leya says:

    Here’s mine – from my garden, Walsrode and Scarborough!
    http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/weekly-travel-theme-birds/

  40. tobyo says:

    what lovely birds! that white peacock, wow! I’ve missed being a part of your travel theme(read: too busy to blog) but happened to see this one so here’s my entry:

    http://travelswithtoby.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/travel-theme-birds/

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