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Happy 4th of July from Scotland! (will be back stateside soon and updating more regularly once I return)

so this just happened today:

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Unbelievable! what a milestone, and it’s all thanks to you wonderful followers. this blog will be turning 3 at the end of next month, and it’s hard to believe how much time has passed and how many of you there are now!

Thanks for all the support :)

Haha so I was talking to my mom on skype the other day and she said that two robin families and a dove family have decided to nest in in the trees right by our front door, so whenever my mom or dad open the door now, they are greeted by multiple birdie side-eyes, hisses, and hoots, like they own the place, lololol

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So I came to london for a few days and yesterday I went to Regents Park and found the waterfowl reserve! I’ve never seen so many different kinds of waterfowl in one place. So next week you will be treated to actual Fat Birds original photos, which is a first! :)

I think I’m cracking up, today I thought I saw a really large fluffy snowy owl sitting on top of one of the yellow dumpsters on my college campus but it was just an exceptionally large owl-shaped speckled rock.

fyi: it’s my mom’s birthday tomorrow, so you can expect lots of cute mommy/baby bird photos and gifs throughout today and tomorrow :D

also english songbirds are cheeky buggers, I hear them singing their lovely little songs allll the time but when I try to spot them all I can see are pushy magpies, seagulls, and pigeons, none of whom are making the sounds I’m interested in listening to but all of whom are very interested in the potential food I might be carrying in my hands.

the songbirds, on the other hand, are all hidden away! where are youuuu, come out

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so my housemate is studying conservational ecology and he and his course went to various nature reserves across kenya for a few weeks earlier this year and he told me today that he saw several secretary birds in person

i’m so jealous right now

the best (well, unless you’re a snake lover, I guess, lol- it’s my favorite, at least) and final secretary bird post of the night shall be up shortly! whoooo

thestockstories:

3. Red origami cranes flying away from hands.

For Valentine’s Day, she would always make a string of seven red paper cranes for each of her classmates instead of going to Walmart and buying generic cards like everyone else. Each one in the set would be made of different kinds of paper, some shiny and crinkly, some pale and elegant, some bold and hard on the eyes.
She would start on January 14th, making a few cranes every day until she finished her task. The living room was her studio, and everyone in her family knew not to step foot in there once the floor became covered with the crimson paper.
For the sets she made for her two best friends, she would run upstairs to her mother’s room with the cranes and spray them with her favorite perfume, which was heavy and smelled of tuberose and jasmine.
She always shrugged and said “I don’t know, I just like making them because they’re pretty,” when anyone asked her why she went to so much effort to make the cranes, but the real reason was because she had read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and she thought that if she managed to eventually fold a thousand cranes and give them away to her friends, she would be able to wish that nobody else in her family would ever get sick.
But because it was a secret and she could only fold cranes for Valentine’s Day, she worried that she wouldn’t finish in time before something bad happened again.

Hey guys! So I don’t usually do this (and don’t worry, this really is just a one time plug kind of thing- and at least the picture is bird related?), but I’m really excited about my new project (The Stock Stories) and I wanted to tell you all about it!
So when I’m not looking for pictures of fat birds, I like to write stories, and I was just thinking last night about the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” and if the same applied to stock photography and that it might be a fun literary experiment to try and write meaningful 250 word drabbles for random stock photographs, and so The Stock Stories was born.
Anyways, above is a sample! The plan is to write stories that hit every tone, from pensive to fun to silly to sad, so if that sounds up your alley I’d really appreciate it if you take a look. I’ve got four entries up so far and I plan to update once or twice a week! :)

thestockstories:

3. Red origami cranes flying away from hands.

For Valentine’s Day, she would always make a string of seven red paper cranes for each of her classmates instead of going to Walmart and buying generic cards like everyone else. Each one in the set would be made of different kinds of paper, some shiny and crinkly, some pale and elegant, some bold and hard on the eyes.

She would start on January 14th, making a few cranes every day until she finished her task. The living room was her studio, and everyone in her family knew not to step foot in there once the floor became covered with the crimson paper.

For the sets she made for her two best friends, she would run upstairs to her mother’s room with the cranes and spray them with her favorite perfume, which was heavy and smelled of tuberose and jasmine.

She always shrugged and said “I don’t know, I just like making them because they’re pretty,” when anyone asked her why she went to so much effort to make the cranes, but the real reason was because she had read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and she thought that if she managed to eventually fold a thousand cranes and give them away to her friends, she would be able to wish that nobody else in her family would ever get sick.

But because it was a secret and she could only fold cranes for Valentine’s Day, she worried that she wouldn’t finish in time before something bad happened again.

Hey guys! So I don’t usually do this (and don’t worry, this really is just a one time plug kind of thing- and at least the picture is bird related?), but I’m really excited about my new project (The Stock Stories) and I wanted to tell you all about it!

So when I’m not looking for pictures of fat birds, I like to write stories, and I was just thinking last night about the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” and if the same applied to stock photography and that it might be a fun literary experiment to try and write meaningful 250 word drabbles for random stock photographs, and so The Stock Stories was born.

Anyways, above is a sample! The plan is to write stories that hit every tone, from pensive to fun to silly to sad, so if that sounds up your alley I’d really appreciate it if you take a look. I’ve got four entries up so far and I plan to update once or twice a week! :)

(via thestockstories)

So much variety for favorite birds! Loving all the different answers :)

for those curious as to who my favorite birds are: of course a tough choice, but long-tailed tits, saw-whet owls, mountain bluebirds, pygmy falcons, kiwis, and quetzals, definitely, off the top of my head.

eta: omfg and amethyst starlings!

as for those who think the bluebird of happiness is too grumpy to be the bluebird of happiness- he’s grumpy looking because he’s scaring away all the unhappiness!