Captured in Mid-Air: This is What Small Birds Look Like in Flight

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As I’m writing this I’m sitting on the lawn looking up at all kinds of birds in flight. Most are small song birds having a great time finding nuts, seeds and fruit all over the place. One just flew by carrying a large, shiny piece of aluminum foil in its beak… probably headed to make a cozy nest. Their movements are often so quick it’s hard to get a good look at them, but every once in a while they land long enough to get a good view: it’s never while they’re flying. Paul Nelson is creating a series of photos that helps us see birds better, using a portable high speed camera rig he designed himself to capture small birds in fascinating mid-flight.

Expressive Owl Portraits Bring Out Their Deep Nature

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It’s undeniable that owls are spectacular creatures. Their delicate plumage, large expressive eyes and impossibly swiveling necks set them apart in the avian world… but it’s not simply their appearance that makes them special. Perhaps getting to the root of their wise reputation, photographer Sham Jolimie says “owls are more intelligent, self-aware and emotionally sensitive than most people realize.” Her new series Owl Portraits, captures the spirit of what she’s talking about, displaying an exceptional range of emotion in each image.

Back to the Nest: Artist Makes Human-Sized Bird Nests

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Have you ever wanted to experience the life of a baby bird? How about curling up in a cosy nest perched high in the air? California-based artist Jayson Fann is giving humans that chance, building gigantic nests out of locally harvested tree branches. Calling his creations Spirit Nests, Fann offers his work for sale through Big Sur Spirit Garden, an international arts and cultural center he founded in the incredibly beautiful Big Sur valley south of Monterey.

Amazingly Realistic 3D Paper Craft Birds

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At first glance, and maybe even second, the birds in these images look real enough you don’t want to frighten them away. It’s a surprise then, when you find out that they are made entirely of flat pieces of paper, carefully folded and glued together to form precise replicas of real-life birds. Perhaps even more surprising, they aren’t even reproduced from photographs, but are hand-drawn on sheets of paper using tools as simple as colored pencil.

We Love Friday!- Swan Love


With the belief that swans mate for life, they are a symbol of love and fidelity. So much so that in love studies, scientists dub those cute couples who have been married for decades and still seem crazy about one another “swans” to support their claims that true love does exist. I have always been fascinated with swans ever since reading The Ugly Duckling as a child, which I misinterpreted thinking that a swan was still in the duck species, but only the lucky ducks become swans.

Exotic Animals In Beautiful Indian Palaces

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From the time of her life changing journey to Rajasthan, India in 2008 until now, photographer Karen Knorr’s work has shifted from playful themes of power towards the upper caste systems in Northern India. She explores “Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its relationship to questions of feminine subjectivity and animality.” The series, called India Song, features gorgeous animals in some of the most elegant rooms of palaces, mausoleums , temples and holy sites throughout Rajasthan. The architecture itself is strikingly detailed and often vibrant, but the with the contrast of live exotic animals, the scenes become breathtaking.

Birds of a Feather… Literally!

A truly awe-inspiring wonder of nature, feathers are like a bird fingerprint that can be used to identify a species. Adapted for flying, temperature regulation, protection from the elements, among many other functions, feathers are uniquely avian. Captivated by the beauty and wonder of each plume, artist Chris Maynard uses them as the sole medium and inspiration for his stunning creations. The pieces featured here are from Maynard’s latest collection of feather cutouts. The way each piece is arranged creates gorgeous depth and shadows that represent the lives of the birds who shed them.

Lego Birds in Real Life

Among other things, Tom Poulsom is Lego crazy. Those other things? Those would be cars and birds. He’s combining his three passions lately to create some really incredible Lego based cars and now has expanded into making collections of birds which – when placed in the non-building block world outside – look surprisingly real.

Singing, Dancing, and Transforming in a Flash

From the title, you might think that this post is about Lady Gaga, Madonna, or Britney Spears, but it’s actually something more phenomenal than all three combined: Birds-of-paradise. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic have released an awe-striking trailer as a preview of some incredible upcoming bird-of-paradise projects: a coffee table book, a major exhibit at the Nat Geo Museum, a documentary on the Nat Geo channel, magazine articles, and Nat Geo live lectures across the country. To understand all of the hype about New Guinea’s fantastic feathered friends that resemble creatures from Pandora in Avatar, check out the video below.

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