often puff up during hot days, to cool off. However, when they do it in front of the camera, they sometimes seem to get into special poser mode. These little sessions can go on for a while, with the MoDo just sitting there, looking at the camera and puffing up to different degrees. I move the camera into a shaded area on hot days, which sometimes creates the weirdest light. Perfect for this MoDo’s “drama shots” 😆
~Be a Flamingo in a flock of Pigeons...and you’ll fit right in!~
I disliked the expression ‘be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons’ as a means to encourage people to be ‘unique’ and stand out. Personally I think it’s quite insulting to pigeons, and shows that the average person hasn’t had a proper look at a pigeon, or don’t know that fancy and exotic pigeon/dove breeds exist. Species like the Bleeding Heart, the Victoria Crown and Jambu Fruit dove are all gorgeous and flamboyant examples of the Columbidae species, and easy challengers to the flamingo.
So I wanted to do a quick little drawing just showing off some of these lovely birds...and a smug flamingo ;)
the nicobar pigeon is a medium-sized member of the pigeon family found on islands off the coast of asia. they are the closest living relative to both the dodo and the rodriguez solitare, both of which were large flightless birds, now extinct. the nicobar pigeon is distinguished by its flowing iridescent feathers; it also has a bright white tail. nicobar pigeons feed on fruit, seeds, and grain, spending time in large flocks.
It wasn’t just the weather that made everybody more at ease. It was also that there were hardly any Starling there today. This was one of the only pictures with a Starling I got. It is rather impressive and intimidating, but their presence today was thankfully not.