The Radical Otherness of Birds

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The Radical Otherness of Birds

Post by Marigold » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:03 am

and why they matter.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... hey-matter

If you read Jonathan Franzen's article, do click on the link to the crow skiing down the roof.
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Re: The Radical Otherness of Birds

Post by MrsBiscuit » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:20 am

I am not sure I'd call it the radical otherness of birds but they are a good example of how amazing and diverse each segment of all wildlife is. I think it would benefit the human race as a whole just to 'stand and stare' and think, more.

Also, was that a crow? It seemed to have a lot of grey on it. Fabulous footage though, how delightful to see a bird doing something for the sheer enjoyment, not just for food.

Thanks for posting, Marigold!
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Re: The Radical Otherness of Birds

Post by bigyetiman » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:44 am

Lovely article, and it would do us all good to "stand and stare" as the poem says. It is definitely a Crow, a Hooded Crow which replaces the all black Crow as you move northward.
Once when fishing a Kingfisher came and perched on my rod so close I could see myself reflected in its eye. For one magical moment I was part of its world we were as one. An inspiring moment
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Re: The Radical Otherness of Birds

Post by rick » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:58 pm

I kind of know what he means by 'radical otherness' and it is (to my understanding of the notion) what I love about birds.
The difference between us is pretty radical. They are on the top of the other evolutionary scaffold limb of the tree. It's something like 80 million years down the limb we're on and back up the other to where they are.
A dizzying gulf quickly closed by a handful of scratch and mealworms :)
... And they're just plain lovely
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Re: The Radical Otherness of Birds

Post by MrsBiscuit » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:13 am

Thank you BYM, I think I need to take you with me whenever I go out for a bit of bird guidance!!

Rick, thats a fabulous picture :D
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Re: The Radical Otherness of Birds

Post by bigyetiman » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:22 pm

Stunning pic. It's the OH you want to take out with you. She is a bird surveyor for our local area. But I am getting better, so some of it is sinking in. I don't have anything like her knowledge of hearing a tweet and being able to tell what it is.
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