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CFFC: Birdies

As long as we can still count on the birds and the seasons, it’s going to be alright.

Here is a collection of my feathery companions here in southern Tuscany with a nature reserve as a neighbour. Only the last four photos are from elsewhere: two from Rome and two from Slovenia.

All except the ibis and the two from Rome were taken last year. As if by chance there are two birds in my today’s blogging memories as well.

Even though there are many birds around in the winter as well, especially migratory ones such as flamingos (only one shot of them from afar included), the time of birds is coming now with spring. I hope the hoopoes will be around again. They are so cheerful.

Have a loveliest weekend possible and do it as Rumi said:

Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.


For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

32 thoughts on “CFFC: Birdies

  1. An ibis? Parrots in Rome (so beautifully photographed)? And a hoopoe? I’ve never heard of that fascinating bird. Thank you for the introduction!

    Hard to choose, but I was particularly transported by the photo of the heron amid her lavender and green home — and by the copper nest and twigs set against powder blue.

    Finally, thank you for the beautiful Rumi quote: “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.” I try to live that way — and it’s funny how good things keep manifesting themselves.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Carol Ann. 🙂 Your comments always make me smile. You really look and read. Isn’t this quote telling? The world would be a better place if more people lived like this. Of course, if you have war on your doorstep, it’s a bit hard. It’s lovely how you call the heron a she, but it may be that you know your birds. Yes, Northern Bald Ibis, apparently. As you can see by the ring, they have them counted and monitored. And the parrots are roaming wild in Rome, shrieking and traversing the sky in flocks of green. Wishing you well. (Today a huge duel: Boston Vs. Mavs. It’s an early game.)


      1. HUGE game yesterday. The Mavs are rolling. Maybe they, too, are acting as though everything is rigged in their favor. Confidence begets confidence (and a big 3rd quarter helps too…). Regarding the heron, I don’t actually know its gender. After growing up in a world where “he” was the default pronoun, I stray in the other direction….

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    1. Thank you, K. Yes, only that time. I drove off the main road and it was right there in the field. I had to stop and do a double check as I thought my eyes were playing with me. They are quite big! As you can see by the ring, they are monitored.

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  2. How wonderful to see so many lovely birds! One of those doves I recognized! It’s an Eurasian Collared Dove. We see them here once in awhile. I’ve seen several this winter. So many of those birds would be new to me and exciting sightings. I hope the Hoopoe returns and you see it this year!

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    1. Hihi, gnarly is a good word for it, Betsy. 😀 It looks like it knows certain fighting techniques. Hoopoe in flight is quite a sight. I recommend you google it since I doubt I’ll ever be able to record its flight. They are off so quickly!

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  3. I love the way you captured all the personalities of all these birds, so cool. In flight, nested, waiting, in the river, walking across the road, the owl sculpture, the feather, such a well-curated narrative 🙂 Love the reflected heron towards the end (is it a heron?). The pheasant crossing the road though, there’s something so human about it, you can almost feel the calculations it’s making. The ibis is incredible. Now I know an ibis is a bird and not just a chain of hotels.

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    1. Ahh, thank you, Sunra Nina, for being able to see their personalities. 🙂 The Ibis hotels somehow manage to hide from me completely. I wouldn’t know it was a hotel chain. I think the white one is an egret but I’m not sure. The mate of that pheasant was across quickly but she (yes?) kind of struggled to catch up.

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