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
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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

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  2. babsje says:

    It’s dangerous prompting me for birds. Rather than spamming you with daily submissions 🙂 here’s one with my favorites posted in 2013.

    http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/favorite-photos-posted-in-2013/

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  4. I love shooting photos of birds, here is a Tawny Owl:http://wp.me/p2owKx-yE
    Thanks for the lovely theme Ailsa 🙂
    Cheers!

  5. elleturner4 says:

    Great photos…love robins 🙂 Here’s my entry….
    http://elleturner4.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/travel-theme-birds/
    Thanks 😉

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  7. kelihasablog says:

    Great photos!! The Chinese quote is wonderful as well. Very delightful post! 😀

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  10. Debbie says:

    I love they last photo. You just have to smile when you look at him! I have a couple of cheeky birds for my entry: http://travelwithintent.com/2013/12/31/stickybeak-birds-botswana/

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  13. Tish Farrell says:

    I love the robin, Ailsa – the heartening splash of red against the bare branches. My birds are birds from the past and all in black and white: http://wp.me/pKVAM-uq

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  15. The proverb is great.
    That’s a beautiful hawk – ours do not have the feather pataloons. Many birds sinter around here – but robins? We’ll see some just before spring on their way back home.
    Hope you have a Happy New Year!

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  19. babsje says:

    Like the Mythical Phoenix, A Great Blue Heron Soars

    http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/like-the-mythical-phoenix-a-great-blue-heron-soars/

    Happy New Year everyone!!

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  21. pommepal says:

    G’day Ailsa, another popular theme. here’s some of my Aussie birds
    http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/travel-theme-birds/

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  24. I love the robin picture – they are fierce birds, but they look so lovely. 🙂 Here are my birds http://wp.me/pRM20-1WR

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  26. Amy says:

    Such a beautiful post for the New Year, Ailsa! Here is mine: http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/travel-theme-birds/

  27. I loved seeing that marvellous white peacock from St. John the Divine – swishing and sashaying like a true flirt! Gorgeous collection, Ailsa – happy New Year 🙂

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  29. babsje says:

    One more bird submission from me: Beautiful Great Blue Herons Beginning a Nest

    http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/beautiful-great-blue-herons-beginning-their-nest/

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