Travel theme: Birds

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Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Birds (click here to see the other entries).

When I was a child, I loved to go birdwatching with my dad. I knew all their names and markings, and my binoculars were one of my favourite possessions. As an adult, I’m a bit embarrassed to confess that I’ve forgotten all that information and I very rarely take photos of birds.

A few years ago, whilst visiting the amazing Alcatraz museum off the coast of San Francisco, me and my travelling buddy Sara noticed this bird looking after their chicks. I was unable to get any closer for a better photo as the thoughtful museum staff had taped off the area so visitors didn’t disturb the young family. As well as being fascinated by watching the birds, I also thought it was very apt they had made Alcatraz their home. For a barren and unwelcoming rock, the island has been a base for many diverse groups and purposes over the years. I felt really privileged to have witnesses the new residents settling in.

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6 Replies to “Travel theme: Birds”

    1. Where I come from, everyone has bird tables and houses and puts food out for them. They’re a part of the community. Thanks for stopping by Nicole 🙂

      1. We have bald eagles that fly over our house and neighborhood. They are an amazing success story as they used to be an endangered species and now we see these amazing birds all the time, even in the city!

  1. I always had a little fear of birds, especially seagulls. I just feel like they purposely try to poop on me. I’ve had more than a handful of bird poop encounters in my life. 😉

    1. I used to work with a girl who had a really bad phobia of birds. Where we worked in Kefalonia, the locals all thought that I was crazy because I would have to shoo all the birds away before she would walk down the street 🙂

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