Saturday, July 02, 2005

Strings Attached

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Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L IS @ 400 mm f/5.6 1/100

I'm posting this image not because it's a great photo, but
because it illustrates an interesting incident. The robin,
apparently collecting material for a nest, picked up a piece
of string and tried to fly away with it. However, the string
was at least 10 feet long and both ends were tied to metal
poles. As a consequence, the string put up quite a fight,
and the bird was forced to drop it. The matter did not,
however, end there. The robin returned at least five
times as I watched, picking up several loops of string in its
mouth, flying away, and quickly having to let go. Eventually
it gave up in (I would imagine) disgust.


Blogger john said...

Which raises the question: why did you not let the bird have the string?

July 2, 2005 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Visual-Field said...


It wasn't my string. I took the photo in a sculpture garden in Minneapolis. I would have been happy to cut off a piece for the bird if the string had been mine.


July 2, 2005 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger jkirlin said...

Great photo or not, it's interesting as hell. I never thought I'd see a bird with an "expression".

July 2, 2005 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Massimo said...

Interesting indeed: she looks really pissed while trying to get this damned string...

July 3, 2005 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Stoney said...

Great blog!...No strings attached

October 21, 2005 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous pierre said...

Great image, well done

December 19, 2005 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous ROB said...

Definitely an interesting shot and nicely added story to explain. It is amazing how much birds keep trying.

May 2, 2006 at 5:05 PM  
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