Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bird Watching at Lunchtime

I have lunch duty this week. And about 50% of the time. I've made no secret of my lack of love for lunch duty. In addition to writing Lunch Duty Haiku, I have taken to photography at lunchtime to help pass the time away. That's why today I had my camera handy when I saw a Hispaniolan lizard cuckoo. Much good did having my camera do me, though. Most of the photos ended up being of attractive but birdless tree branches. I did get this photo, but this was my best effort:

See the tail? Kind of? I know, it's a rotten photo. So here's one by someone who knows how to take pictures of birds:

Photo Source

What a beautiful bird! And especially, what a beautiful sight for the middle of an ordinary day, in the center of Port-au-Prince, a city of two million people not known for its bird life. The students gathered to watch me snapping photos madly. "What are you looking at, Miss?" They were not impressed when I told them it was a bird. But this bird lifted my spirits and filled me with gratitude.

Not only that, but today is Bird Day.


Janet said...

Birds do have that habit of perching behind at least one twig, usually more. So uncooperative!

That is one amazing bird -- exotic. I saw a yellow-billed cuckoo in our yard last year, and it had spots on the underside of its tail too. But it was much more muted.

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

Ooh, pretty!

Oh, and yours is, uhm, nice, too ... :)

I had been wondering why you were suddenly posting so many photos of the school grounds on FB.