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  1. bird watching – serious business


  2. You sit around for days to get a shot and when you finally take it there is another bird watcher in the way ruining your shot.


  3. lol, not in Florida waters they don’t!


  4. All that sitting and waitng for a birdto take a pic of? Hope the magazines/museums/nature things you’re sending the pics to at least pays well.


  5. Id probably do this job if the flash from my camera guaranteed blindness to those birds.


  6. “For 2,000 years, the Chinese have been using the iridescent blue feathers of kingfisher birds as an inlay for fine art objects and adornment, from hairpins, headdresses, and fans to even panels and screens. While Western art collectors have focused on other areas of Chinese art including porcelain, lacquer ware, sculpture, cloisonné, silk and paintings, kingfisher art is relatively unknown outside of China.

    Called tian-tsui (“dotting with kingfishers”), kingfisher feathers are painstakingly cut and glued onto gilt silver. The effect is like cloisonné, but no enamel could rival the electric blue color. Blue is the traditional favorite color in China.

    As with most iridescent, electrifying colors in animals such as butterfly wings, the intense color in bird feathers comes not from pigments in the feather itself, but from the way light is bent and reflected back out, much like a prism breaks white light into its spectrum of rainbow colors. These microscopic structures in feathers are called photonic crystals.

    The most expensive, commissioned pieces used a species of kingfisher from Cambodia. So great was the export to sate Chinese demand, the trade of feathers may have been a major contributor to the wealth of the Khmer Empire, and used to help fund the construction of the magnificent temples near Siem Reap, Cambodia including Angkor Wat. The finest pieces of kingfisher art were reserved for royalty or high-ranking Chinese government official (called a “mandarin (bureaucrat)”). Sadly, the usage of kingfisher feathers resulted in the mass slaughter of many kingfisher species.”

    Was reading about how Angkor Wat was built around water the other day; giant man-made lakes and the local river system, and there was a picture of a kingfisher feather crown. I never knew that about the Khmer. Always thought of it as jungle, not watery empire.

    The photo reminded me of all this.

    And you’d want waterproof jocks – imagine the prunefication!


  7. Man how bout being the guy who took the pic, and had to sit there all those “hours, or even days on end” just to take a picture of the guy taking the real bird picture.


  8. The bird is shopped in. So is the water.


  9. I got a question. I watch birds. Just dont take the trouble to identify them. Where’s the fun in that.

    But this fellow… he’s sitting in water. Looking at the bird through a spotting scope. Not a camera. You can easily see the bird from dry land, sitting in your camping chair. Must be shopped.


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