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07 June 2013 @ 01:11 pm
for deborah :)  

For Deborah Blake, a couple more pictures of the Abyssinian hornbill and his lady friend:

dublinzoo_abyssinian_male

This is the best picture I got of his body, and mostly I was just taking it to give an idea of how dramatically he was preening and tilting himself around for the admiration of this lovely lady:

dublinzoo_abyssinian_female

…who was sitting with her back to him, completely unimpressed. :)

I believe I have acquired my annual accidental sunburn today. Fortunately one of my purposes in going out was to get more sunblock, which we ran out of yesterdayish. Possibly I should now go get some of that after-sun stuff they sell these days, too… :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 7th, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
Wow--I feel so special! Now, if you could just get me a fabulous Irish boyfriend... (Since you're being so obliging.) All this photography posting is inspiring me. I was out taking pictures in the yard and garden (none so nice as yours) and thought of you :-)

I'm not sure what it is about those birds, but I really love them. They're kind of ugly-cute.

I'm off to post cute-cute pictures of cats on my blog for Feline Friday. Thanks for giving me the bird(s)!

And try aloe gel for your sunburn. It's a miracle in a tube.
kitmizkit on June 7th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am wise in the ways of aloe vera. :)

I'll look for a nice Irish boyfriend for you, but no promises. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 7th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hey--how hard could it be to find a guy who want to date a woman who has five cats, is a witch, and often disappears in to a corner for hours to write? And, of course, a man who wants to move to the middle of nowhere USA. Barely a challenge at all. (And while we're at it, if you could make him look like Pierce Brosden...)
kitmizkit on June 8th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
ah, see, I assumed you'd be moving to Ireland with him...
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 8th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
Well, that would make more sense, wouldn't it? Then we could be neighbors. (I hear Ireland is small.)
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on June 7th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
That is one seriously fancy bird. :D
kitmizkit on June 8th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
*He* certainly thinks so, doesn't he! :)
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on June 8th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
I love big birds. There's just something about them that makes them clear how alien they are. We have wild cranes here that are about four feet tall, and when they walk near you or use the sidewalk they really strike you with how... unlikely they are.
All Over The Mapjemck on June 7th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
the best thing about hornbills in the wild, is their blithe conviction that y'know, basically hitting the tree and not actually falling out again constitutes a successful landing. It's hilarious to watch.
kitmizkit on June 8th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
*laughs* I didn't know that.
Lauratavella on June 7th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
That is a very unimpressed bird. It could appear in an unimpressed bird is unimpressed macro.
kitmizkit on June 8th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
She was so not into him, and he was showing off *so* hard for her. :)
Kira Lucienkira_snugz on June 8th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
They are the flirtiest man birds out there. My zoo has one, sadly he has no lady friends. He flirts with everything that moves.

great shots!
kitmizkit on June 8th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
It's the eyelashes. Anything with eyelashes like that must flirt!