01 February 2010

GORGEOUS FEATHERS

Here's one uplifting image of a lovely slideshow compiled from the BirdGuides Photos of the Year 2009 competition and showing on the BBC website. The other image are equally breathtaking.

I wrote fairly extensively about puffins in Deep Blue Home. One of my favorite passages is a memorable excerpt from the legendary ornithologist Arthur Cleveland Bent, circa 1919:

"I have often seen [puffins] emerge from a wave, fly across the trough and enter the next wave without apparent change in their method of propulsion. Again I have seen them come out of the water flying, only to plunge down into the water and continue the flight below the surface. On the surface they paddle along skillfully like little apoplectic short necked ducks and their small orange red legs are plainly visible."
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