Friday, 9 May 2008

Explaining things to friends


It seemed that not a day would go past last week without something to do with Jays turning up. I guess it started on Sunday morning in Battersea Park when a good friend of mine said they'd seen a couple, then continued through a BBQ Sunday afternoon and so on.

I can't remember the last time I saw one, I'm not really a huge fan of birds, and don't go out of my way to look for them. But to round off a Jay-infested week I did see one today, and unusually I was quite pleased to see it. Now I only need to find my quetzal....



Anyway, that wasn't the point. I did try to explain what a Jay looked like to one friend, feeling pretty certain that they'd seen them many times. All my descriptions of feather colours, posture, etc. failed. As a last shot I said "imagine a crow that's been paintballing", and suddenly the picture clicked. Perhaps we should rewrite the keys...

2 comments:

Shirley said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning! Such beautiful birds. In New England I only know the Blue Jays but they too are beautiful. Great shots! I like your description... "a crow that's been paintballing"!

Edward Baker said...

The photos aren't mine! But thanks for the other compliments!

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