Tuesday, February 12, 2013

why birds?

"Any given day, up to four hundred billion 
individual birds may be found 
flying, soaring, swimming, hopping, or 
otherwise flitting about the earth. 
That's more than fifty birds for every human being, 
one thousand birds per dog, and at least a 
half-million birds for every living elephant. 
It's more than four times the number of 
McDonald's hamburgers than have ever been sold."

- from Feathers by Thor Hanson

And indeed, that's a lot of birds, 
roughly 10,000 species worldwide,
out there, each and every day 
for us to watch, take solace in, be enamored by,
and there is perhaps nothing more emblematic 
of the absolute joy of being alive than a bird.

Oh, to be in the rainforests of New Guinea
to see this superb one dance!

1 comment:

Dorothy said...

I like to watch those swarms of birds as they all turn together, swaying this way and that. I also wanted to tell you how much I like the owl header picture on this blog!! Love that startled look:)
Have a happy day!