A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, July 20, 2012


The more likely causes of death I avoid, the more likely it is that I will die of something unlikely.
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A side note on this photo.  The bird had three zip-tie markers, red, white and blue, at the shoulder joint of the right wing.  You can just make them out by the neck, although they are in black & white here.  Normally birds are banded on the leg.  I didn't know what to make of it and wasn't in the mood at the time to pick around to find out.


  1. oh dear; not nice. Maybe it got caught up in the ties?

  2. An interesting photo - the death made more tolerable by the B&W treatment and the sand. What a striking image, although sad!

  3. hmmm. makes for a rather striking image, though. 'remember man that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.'

  4. That a pretty powerful photo John, i really like it, and the mono gives it that extra edge.
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  5. Edward Weston was known for his dead birds--and for that style of photography someone tried to hang the moniker of "dead bird school of photography" around his neck. Monkey see, monkey do, so from there on I rarely passed up the opportunity when I ran into a dead bird.
    About 10 years ago I found a dead banded Sparrow while hiking, and I didn't want to carry the bird with me so I needed to find a way to remove the band, and I didn't have a knife or any other tools with me so I ended up having to break the poor soul's leg in half to get the tag off--which totally grossed me out and pretty much spoiled my day. So, then I had to go find out how I could report finding the band, and although I did find a form to fill out, it needed to be mailed in (these were the early days of internet databases) so I just gave up on trying to report the find. They probably have a better system now, but touching a dead bird is probably beyond the call-of-duty for guys like you and me.

  6. Death is tragic, but I'm sad if the bands caused its death. :(


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