Monday, 14 January 2008

Sky Calling in the Rain. Or. What Makes a Good Day.

Today out at the headland was a good day for the albatrosses. A southerly blew in, along with lashings of rain
and unlike summer-holiday seeking people, albatrosses enjoy blustery, cold, wet conditions. They get together and have a party to celebrate.
They show off their impressive 3 metre wing-spans. (That's 10 feet for those dealing in imperial measurements.)
I have named this albatross Scruffy on account of a loose wing feather. Scruffy is one of the juvenile birds hanging out on the headland this summer. Here we see Scruffy partaking in a little sky calling.
I think that in the end maybe the thing I like most about albatrosses are their big, flat, pink feet. I like the way they keep an albatross humble, because no matter how majestic you look in the air, you're never going to fully pull it off with feet that look like spatulas.

17 comments:

Avus said...

Yup - you've hit it, Chief - I always thought these birds looked so graceful in the air, but so ungainly taking a walk.

Mama Llama said...

What beauty, what grace, what freedom...

Thank you, Chief, for sharing. How I miss living on the Pacific coast...

S. Kearney said...

Hahaha. Pink spatula feet! :-) The poor devils.

Catherine said...

Somehow I really can't see an albatross as humble :)

Becky Willis Motew said...

We all have feet of clay as it were.

I certainly do.

b

Mrs. G. said...
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Mrs. G. said...

These photos are spectacular. Do you have a good lens or are you really that close?

Love your new comment photo...you're cute.

Katherine Dolan said...

Wow!! fantastic photos. Love the 'spatulas for feet' comment.

Kay Cooke said...

avus - They are such cool birds.

mapi - Yeah - I wish I was an albatross.

shameless - They manage to make them work for them (they make good brakes mid-flight), so that's good.


catherine - No they're too placid to be humble.

becky - That's it in a nutshell!

mrs g - The photos were taken by a Canon & taken at dusk in the gloom from Observatory building windows. They really were that close. The camera was a gift from my lovely little sister. And she's way cuter than me!

katherine - Hi! I often think of kitchen utensils when watching birds ... ;)

Jen said...

What lovely pictures. What a great website.

Anne Camille said...

Love the photos. Thanks for posting them. Nice to look at on a snowy winter day.

Unknown said...

You're dead right on that one CB. Baudelaire has a great poem called L'albatross, which gets at that very fact and links it into poets too.
You must be really loving this job, CB - I can't wait to see your next collection ;)

Anonymous said...

A 3 metre wing span is twice the length of me! They must be pretty magnificant to behold!

apprentice said...

I love the idea of spatula feet!
They are very ungainly on land aren't they, but who cares when they're so fabulous in flight.
Oh I'd love to see them, but your post paint the most lovely pictures.

Kay Cooke said...

jen m - Why thank you :)

cam - I can't imagine snow at the moment.

cailleach - Like any job it has its up and downs - the ups would have to be the birds of course!

kamsin - Mighty big birds all right.

apprentice - You'll have to make the trip out to see them one day.

paris parfait said...

I just can never look or think of an albatross without the negative literary connotations. And spatula feet! But thanks for the photos. It's not every day I see an albatross, as I try my best to keep them at bay. :)

Kay Cooke said...

pp - Negatives are blown out of the sky when you see an albatross in real life.

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