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I like to think that this mistle thrush happened upon an empty shower and decided to recreate seminal scenes from two Hitchcock films. I suspect that my friend's cats may have had a hand in this little late night booby trap though. Ps Bird identification may be wrong.
29th Sep 2007, 01:55   | tags:,,,,

factotum says:

That's what I think!

29th Sep 2007, 02:03

Caine says:

I love it.

29th Sep 2007, 03:22

swamprose says:

I am up working late. this makes me smile. and such a lovely name for a bird.

what happened after the photo? showers together?

29th Sep 2007, 03:40

mara says:

: )

29th Sep 2007, 07:16

OJ says:

After the photo, we ushered the bird out. It took some time. By the way, this was after Beth's exhibition. Such was the effect of B's surrealism and the gin, that at first glance I thought the bird was a normal bathroom ornament.

29th Sep 2007, 09:40

Jane Doe says:

I thought this was part of Beth's exhibition!
Lines blurring between life and art in true surreal fashion : )

29th Sep 2007, 12:54

OJ says:

I know! It seemed very appropriate. I hope Beth sees this. And it is a nice name. I worry about my grip on reality sometimes. I did think Hitchcock before wondering how it got there.

29th Sep 2007, 13:35

Viv says:

certainly a perfect sequel!

29th Sep 2007, 15:16

JokerXL says:

Nice bathroom ornament!

29th Sep 2007, 16:43

beth says:

haha that's excellent!

In my world i'd love real live birds to be normal everyday ornaments.

Yeah there were a whole lot of birds in my show, which is why it seemed apt to take the name "every feather the fossil" from Ted Hughes' poem "crow's nerve fails" Just incase you were wondering.

What a lovely little bird too! -goes off singing zippedy-doo-dah-

30th Sep 2007, 01:18

OJ says:

I'm glad you approve. And I was wondering where the title came from.

Poor bird. I hope it was okay.

30th Sep 2007, 13:02

crickson says:

Wow! We just get spiders in ours.

30th Sep 2007, 13:29

OJ says:

Well that's appropriate enough. I'm glad you came by, even though you're not *that kind of biologist*.

I was trying to definitively identify this bird and the colours seem a bit wrong for a mistle thrush. Could the female have a different coloured breast? (I can't believe I just said that).

30th Sep 2007, 13:40

MaggieD says:

Wow, now that is a little on the spooky side ..... thought you were looking exceptionally good at Beth's Opening Night :)

30th Sep 2007, 18:21

OJ says:

Thanks MaggieD. The wonders of lipstick.... Once again we didn't get much chance to talk. I couldn't hear to talk much..

30th Sep 2007, 19:45

beth says:

i lost my voice!

30th Sep 2007, 21:58

Spiderbaby says:

It looks more like a starling from that angle - the chest looks right for starling anyway, just the head colour looks wrong. Could be a juvenile though? Mistle thrushes are quite a bit bigger than normal thrushes (bigger than you think they are) - could you take another picture with a ruler for scale? That would help :)

5th Oct 2007, 00:13

Spiderbaby says:

Yes, am now convinced it's a starling. According to 'The illustrated book of birds' (Bruce Campbell & Donald Watson).
"There are a great variety of plumages which are confusing, especially when the brown juveniles are moulting into the first-winter spotted dress and still have their brown heads."

I think starlings were popular pets during Victorian times - well popular cages birds anyway, so this one is remarkably timely for Beth's exhibition.

5th Oct 2007, 00:20

anonymous says:

You're a star Spiderbaby. It might well be a starling. Although, it was quite big. I'd say the size of two clenched fists rather than one (speaking as someone with small fists).

I'll just go and get my ruler :)

5th Oct 2007, 11:40

Spiderbaby says:

that sounds about right :)

5th Oct 2007, 14:17

feline09 says:

Such a stately pose! A once in a life time snap!

10th Oct 2007, 17:49