Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dreambird Photo Session

My most recent dream began with my chasing a Ruddy Daggerwing (butterfly) in a futile attempt to get a photograph.  It finally ended up in a large opening where large dead trees lay in a labyrinthine mess about forty feet across. After a few moments of walking around it, I flushed a thrush. It was a Veery, but there were moments when the bill appeared a orange. I really wanted this to be an Orange-billed Nightengale-Thrush - but no such luck. For the next several moments, it tormented me, by flying right before I could get a picture, then landing so close to the butterfly that it would take off too. Too much reality in this dream for my tastes.

Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
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At one point the thrush landed on a thick angular branch about twenty feet away. Since it was well out in the open, I thought it a perfect opportunity for snapping a picture. 

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) - hen
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White-cheeked Turaco (Tuaraco leucotis)
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Through the viewfinder, I noticed several more birds had joined the perch. The assembly turned out to be one of the most diverse I've ever dreamed: Indian Peafowl (hen), White-cheeked Turaco, Hyacinth Macaw, Blue-naped Mousebird, and a Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse.  Wow!

Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
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Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus)
Photo Copyright 2009 - Doug Janson

Excited, I seized the opportunity and got many dream-photos of them all. When the enthusiasm subsided I noticed they were taking turns diving off the branch out of sight - presumably onto the ground.  When I moved the camera, I discovered they were all devouring a medium-sized, unidentifiable, carcass. Yeah, a little unnerving to say the least.

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus)
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The background then began to quickly morph into a cafeteria-like setting. With this change of scenery the birds scattered quickly.  As the dream was ending, I saw a new species walking along a counter top; a green-phase Budgerigar.

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) - green-phase
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1 comment:

yen said...

the White-cheeked Turaco is a gorgeous bird.
love the composition/posing very much...very curious.


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