Profiles in feathers
While on one of our overnights respites to Orlando, the Editor and I were walking around one of the Disney attractions. An artist was busy cutting out profiles/black silhouettes of tourists for framing. I had on my signature Greek fishing hat. My profile is now etched for eternity in our bedroom. I am sure someday it will end up in a landfill but for now it remains, the black outlined image of a man, a husband, a mustached sailor, and yet a mystery to even myself at times.
I have been collecting profile shots of my feathered friends too. Now all I need is a glance at their profiles and I recognize them immediately. I am amazed at the intricate details that can be seen in the types and colors of feathers on the various species. Owl feathers have wispy tips that silence the sound of this bird of prey in flight and focus even the slightest noise to their sensitive ears. Some birds like the adult Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills have lost most of their head feathers due to the bacteria in the muddy creeks which migrate up the beaks and devour the feathers. The cardinals display intricate design in the feathers. Raptor profiles are very impressive looking. The sharp beaks and piercing eyes captivate the viewer.
I hope you enjoy these profiles. I looked out the window yesterday and saw one that made my heart leap for joy. A sure sign of spring arrived. There was that familiar shape, the white strip under the eyes and Yellow plume on the crown of the head. Yes, “George”, the Yellow-crowned Night and his family have returned to the Broward. It was the same week last year that he arrived, just like clockwork. Blessings. Harry