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Birds of a feather DON’T always flock together

So, you may or may not be aware – but I am a keen bird watcher.  Oddly enough I have a fear of one type of bird and an obsession with another.  OK OK, since we are talking about me – the odd part really isn’t that odd, say for example to any other person other than say …me.

So, back to the post at hand.  Which bird do I love you are asking?  Well, I just LOVE flamingos – there isn’t one thing that I don’t LOVE about them; HECK they are even considered a 70’s icon!   Come on who hasn’t wanted a big pink plastic flamingo to stick in their front lawn!!!  Basically, what I am saying is, that what is there not to love about the flamingo.  Just in case you’re not sold yet on how loveable the flamingo is, here are 10 reasons why I think they are…

  1. They are unusual looking and I like the unusual 
  2. They like to stand on one leg (again unusual) and researchers can not fully explain why they do this
  3. They come in so many colours – dont like pink – HEY they come in purple as well
  4. Put two flamingos together and at the right moment they are making a love heart!
  5. Their babies are cute fluffy grey and short – then grow into something of beauty
  6. Their name means ‘flame coloured’ – come on that’s cool in its self!
  7. The flamingo that is well fed is more colourful (meaning he gets the girl) so for once no skinny birds allowed- fat chicks ROCK!
  8. In ancient times – the flamingo was considered as the living representation of the sun God Ra – HEY –  I love the SUN!
  9. They are super social animals and prefer to flock together in groups of thousands – again I am super social LOL
  10. Lastly – I really REALLY like them!

On the other hand, I have a real fear for pelican’s.  Nope, I haven’t had any incident with pelicans in the past.  It’s just something about them that I dislike.

  1. For starters – they have beady little nasty eyes – their eyes are flat and soulless 
  2.  Again with their eyes – their eyes never stop staring at you.  No matter where you are standing its like they are looking at you
  3. I just cant get over the size of their bills – come on if you can fit another bird whole in your mouth (see picture above) – there has to be trust issues there!
  4. They defy gravity – nothing that big should be able to fly – yes that one you would think would be something I would like BUT…
  5. Their size isn’t all that it is meant to be – they are not heavy – their size is all about air – so they can float without effort – see again very shady (much like their staring eyes)
  6. Their name is derived from the word ‘pelekys’ which means axe like – *wide eyes* HELLO birds and axes don’t go together – not unless it is to do with thanksgiving dinner!
  7. Did I mention they have scary starry eyes – yes I did
  8. WELL, I just dont like the overall look of them LOL

In general, pelican’s freak me out a little – like I said, it is for no reason at all.  It is just that when I look into their eyes *brrrrrr* a cold chill goes over me like someone has walked over my (yet to be) grave or something!  I am just really freaked out by them.  All I can say, is just as well pelican’s are not so common in New Zealand – ok neither are flamingos.  But remember, we have only recently moved back to New Zealand from Australia- and in Australia pelicans are everywhere on the coast!

So, to end may your days be filled with sun, beautiful colours and not birds that like to stare you down…

Mabel 

Xxx

  

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