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


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 - - 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. DagEnDauw says:

    Wow, I love the white peacock, he’s dazzling …
    Here ‘s my entry for the theme, Ailsa. Hope you like it as well.

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  10. What a fun variety of birds Alisa! My unplanned bird photo is here:

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  15. Shaanthz says:

    Love the theme and the birds, Ailsa. I live next to the Van Cortlandt Park, haven’t seen such a majestic hawk. The white peacock, yes, that I have seen. Here is my entry:

  16. Shaanthz says:

    Ailsa, I live next to the Van Cortlandt Park and of course, spend a lot of time in the park, yet never seen such a massive hawk. The white peacock, yes, seen that!
    Here is my entry:

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  22. Sas says:

    Great photos, I’ve never seen a white peacock before

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  24. says:

    Found one ! That white peacock is just amazing!

  25. Al says:

    It’s been a while since I have done this, but here is mine

  26. Praveena says:

    Lovely Birds,Alisa !Happy New Year !!

  27. kirkistan says:

    Thanks for the theme. I like how birds congregate toward the concrete ledge with a view:

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  29. Sleeping birdie:
    Happy New Year to everybody. 😀

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  32. deepdishlife says:

    Love this challenge, thanks Ailsa! Here’s my post for the week

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  36. Sonel says:

    These are fabulous birds for sure Ailsa. Great shots hon. I love your entry and here is mine:

  37. travtrails says: My take on the theme and one of my favorite snapshots…..indra

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  39. cyardin says:

    Hi Ailsa, great theme for the last week of 2013. The hawk looks like it meant business. Here is my response for this week’s theme. Happy New Year!

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  44. Rusha Sams says:

    Here’s a wren I found on Pinterest — a watercolor one, but lovely just the same:

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