Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY - B IS FOR BLACKBIRD


My other ABC is The Bay of Angels, Nice, France, which you can find on the new ABC WEDNESDAY

The blackbird above may look like it's singing, bit it's not. One simple reason for this, it's a young female, and female blackbirds don't sing. What she was actually doing was fluffing out her wings and for want of a better word sunbathing. Yes we do occasionally have sunny days here.

Another Manx Cat Myth

This little ditty it seems is authorless. Not exactly a haiku, but certainly sums up another fishy story of how the Manx cat became tailess.

Noah, sailing o’er the seas,
Ran high and dry on Ararat,
His dog then made a spring,
And took the tail from off a pussy cat,
Puss through the window quick did fly,
And bravely through the waters swam,
Nor ever stopped, till, high and dry,
She landed on the Isle of Man.
Thus tailless puss earned Mona’s thanks.
And ever after was called Manx.”

More myths and legends to follow. Not ust the cat variety either!

MRS NESBITT'S PLACE
Mrs Nesbitt is the host for ABC Wednesday, where you can find details for joining, her own ABC shot to comment on and a list of fellow bloggers who are playing today, who would also appreciate your comments.

41 comments:

ellen b said...

I love this photo of the blackbird. Have a wonderful wednesday...

leah said...

I have missed you bird photography.
More please! Have you heard of Zazzle in the UK? Your sunsets would be sell well there.

Leah

nina said...

The sun must feel good to her.

Nina at Nature Remains

magiceye said...

B for Brilliant capture!

Rambling Round said...

Beautiful bird.

Bear Naked said...

Beautiful Blackbird

Bear((( )))

Lynette said...

I've never seen a blackbird. This is so neat. Is that a fruit tree, where she's perched?

Marie Reed said...

I'm starting a daily photo blog soon that I can join in on the ABC fun!

Olivier said...

"Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise."
The Beatles.

Beau portrait, j'aime beaucoup

Blue said...

Checking in here first before the ABC blog - lovely bird - as I've said before & I sure to do again - DO envy your terrific birdy photo's.

I'm also enjoying the Manx cat myths lots.

Blue

Saretta said...

Beautiful bird shot! Thanks for taking a look at and commenting on my blog! It encourages me!

Harry Makertia said...

What kind of bird is that? It's really black and beautiful, we don't have this kind of bird here in Indonesia. Or yes? Never seen myself.

Thanks for passing by my blog.

Aileni said...

The perfect 'B' B.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

thanks for the ditty,the one that came to my mind first was of course the beatles which oliver beat me to!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

enjoyable post, lovely photo!

Sally said...

Just wanted to say good for you for your one person anti-litter patrol!

Jim said...

Thats a great shot, he looks flustered.

George Townboy said...

Awesome shot! Just right for "B" ...

RuneE said...

A beautiful bird. Somehow that picture and your text put The Beatles in my head...

Stan said...

Blackbird singing in the dead of night. So pretty. Nice blog.

Kelly said...

Thanks, Stan! One of my favorite songs! She was only waiting for this moment to arise.

I think she is preening! Great detail!

Love the latest Manx Cat myth!

Gordon said...

A beaut bird shot and thanks for the information too.

Denise said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh! I saw the blackbird I rescued this morning! I think she recognized me!

Dusty Lens said...

Something I hadn't known that female blackbirds don't sing. And alas poor tailess cat. The decendant of the bonbcat, perhaps?

kjpweb said...

Very nice! This Blackbird sure knows how to get noticed, huh?
Cheers, Klaus

Lake Lady said...

Thanks for popping in on mine...you're such a faithful favorite! Looks like we both ended up with BIRDS again!! LOL. Love this shot. We mostly take blackbirds for granted around here..it's great to see such a funny/friendly shot of one.

Texas Travelers said...

23 more and we'll have a pie.
Now won't that be a tasty thing?

Nice blackbird.

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Troy and Martha

Larry D said...

Enjoyed the photo and the myth.

Sherry Stewart said...

he's all ruffled up too, nice photo. I don't see black birds around here, just crows.

Knoxville Girl said...

It's a bonny bird in the bush. No double entendre intended.
We don't have blackbirds in my town. We have grackles, which are sort of black. They're obnoxiously loud and they poop a lot.

Joy said...

Indeed that is a black bird, but at least it's not frightening like the crow.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo.

Bibi said...

Love your little birdie. Have been seeing a lot of birds, black or otherwise (!) with their beaks open and wings spread to cool off, or so I think. I guess birds can pant, too!

starnitesky said...

I like blackbirds I was only reading the other day about them sunbathing!

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I often wonder, why in the world of birds, the males are usually more beautiful (they sing, dance, etc.) - for the picky lady birds? :)

leslie said...

What a great shot of the blackbird - looks even better when enlarged. Thx for popping in to see my B post! Have a great week. :D

Dragonstar said...

Love this sunny lady! Beautiful photo.

jacqui said...

You and the birds. Wonder if those myths resemble Fife ones. Perfect bird shot, of course.

Jacqui x

Sara said...

How interesting...I never knew the female blackbird does not sing!

As a kid, we used to see red-winged blackbirds in the marshy lagoons near my home on the Pacific coast. Of course, there are lots of regular black birds here in Southern California too.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice blackbird photo.

kRiZ cPEc said...

cool! Happy shooting!

chanpheng said...

Nice bird. There are a lot of nice birds where I live but I never can get close enough to them to take a picture!

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