Friday, January 09, 2009

The Birds

Blame it on good old Hitchcock - ever since I watched his fabulous thriller The Birds, I have never felt comfortable around those winged creatures. Seriously, does anyone know of birds spontaneously attacking humans, ever?

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32 comments:

MISS GLITZY said...

Never heard about birds attacking humans but I don't feel comfortable either with them. I did photos of a lovely Dalmatian today and I thought of you. You'll see on my blog. Congrats for this one year anniversary, I'll come back on Sunday. Have a nice week-end.

the asherette said...

i love hitchcock but have never developed a fear of birds.. in fact there is a crane that lives in the canal by my house. i call him chuck and visit him daily. wow that sounds a bit weird.

Mary-Laure said...

MISS GLITZY - oh I'll check out the Dalmatian right away, how fun!

ASHERETTE - I'd love to see pictures of Chuck on your blog. Do you bring him treats? Do you think he recognizes you?
Your story is just TOO cool.

Roxana said...

oh, shells and bird traces, perfect!
I love that blue, and the loneliness of the first birds.

Gabbi said...

Not sure if birds attack in a way similar to the film, but I did get threatened by a Hawk once. She lived in a big oak tree outside of my neighbors front yard and one day when I was out early morning putting something in the truck of the car I felt the back of my hair move by a gust of wind and when I turned around she was perched on the tree in front of my house. Later I found out she was protecting her nest. That summer we had four baby hawks jumping around the yard :)

Gabbi said...

Also, lovely beach photographs, you live in a beautiful area of California!

WendyB said...

That part in the movie where they are all silently gathering on the playground equipment...that's what scared me the most.

Elena said...

I love that pic of the bird footprints (do birds have feet?) It almost looks like a fossilized dinosaur sleeping next to the impressions.

I've never heard about bird attacks, but once I was hit by a pigeon. It was flying really erratically - I guess it was sick -and it hit me. I did the screaming-and-flailing dance.

I always wanted to fly....

Francesca Righi said...

Mary-Laure... queste foto sono stupende! especially the one of the footprints! I love the colours of your pictures! ther are so bright.. it looks like you can take part in the picture almost!
x

The Geyser said...

You've led a very sheltered life, haven't you? OF COURSE Birds attack humans whenever they feel that they or their territory/young are threatened. Swans will chase you away, honking & snapping like mad.
Ravens will swoop down & try to peck your face, or drop stones on you; a group of them is not called a "Murder" for nothing!(remember Tokyo's Badass Crows, who seemed to do it just for the entertainment?)
Mockingbirds prefer to attack in "Divebomb" group formation, as do Seagulls.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

I've seen crows go after a fully loaded persimmon tree, LOL, no mercy!

Sammi said...

Presumably birds of prey have attacked humans on occasion?

My father owns an African Grey who terrifies me, every time I see him his pupils get smaller!!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

these are so lovely mary-laure...i just relaxed a little...i am going to visit the link now....

littlebird said...

love that 3rd image!

mansuetude said...

i've witnessed it!
Bluejay mother!

But i think truly most of them just want the sky, the trees, each other-- and those lovelies in your blog images probably want some kind of seafood, and not fried or drown in butter, etc...

thanks for sharing the sea.

Anonymous said...

Hehehe so funny that you mention Hitchcock's The Birds...I remember reading a review from when the film first came out from a New York newpaper, basically saying: "After you watch this film, it makes you want to kick the first bird you see!"
nancyxx

Mary-Laure said...

GABBI - I suppose all animals who watch over their little ones/nest can become very aggressive. Still, I shudder to imagine your encounter with that hawk.
Were the baby hawks cute?

WENDY - oh yes, that was terrifying. The worst part is, the movie freaked me out but I watched it many MANY times all the same.

ELENA - do birds have feet? I suppose they're called CLAWS, which is a frightening word if you ask me.
I would absolutely HATE to be hit by a pigeon, I would have screeched too.

FRANCESCA - in verita, i colori cui sono tan bellissimi che e facile fare foto "stupende" come dici tu.

GEYSER - ok, I'm staying indoors for ever now. Doors and windows bolted, too.

SAMMI - that African Grey sounds terrifying, stay away from it.

MANSUETUDE - Did the bluejay attack you? Was the victim physically hurt or just traumatized? I knew birds were up to no good.
I love sharing the sea.

mansuetude said...

can't you tell i am traumatized Mary Laure...i have never ever been the same since!! LOL.

it mostly made noise but to a little child, it wasn't a nice thing to see.

Candace said...

Mary-Laure: Maybe some volunteer time at the California Wildlife Center caring for orphaned baby birds will help rid you of your Hitchcock-induced phobia.

Of course, interaction with moody parrots will continue to be a risky activity, phobia or no phobia.

::wink::

Gabbi said...

They were cute dear Mary-Laure, at first they were sort of funny looking. Awkward but cute. We got used to them and they got used to us. They would take baths in our lawn sprinklers and would leave fruit in our grass. It was cute...

Mary-Laure said...

CANDACE - what a GREAT suggestion, I'll look up the center you mentioned, thanks.

GABBI - aaaaaaawwww, how adorable it all sounds! They must have had a good time with those sprinklers.

Raluca said...

Those seashells and seagull traces are killers. So adorable.

And hooray, it's Sunday so happy Blog Anniversary! To many stylish posts and travels! :D

A World in a PAN said...

It's very cold in Paris these days. I have put bird grain on dishes on my deck and balcony to feed the red breast robins and sparrows ... They are very cute, tiny, fragile, and harmless.

Dave King said...

Lovely, lovely photographs. Never heard of an actual attack by birds, no.

karina Manghi said...

I posted birth today, I am traveling and off line but I am in a bar checking mails and Laura wrote me about this post and I had to came here to see your births.
I am afraid of birth, too.
Big hug

The Geyser said...

Don't forget about the "Benji flap", 'cos them darn crafty birds won't...

Mary-Laure said...

WORLD IN A PAN - I hope those little birds find your seeds, a nice comfort in the Parisian winter.

KARINA - thanks for checking out my blog even when you're traveling, you're just too adorable. Un beso.

GEYSER - is it a bird? is it a dog? is it Superman? no, it's.... SuperBenjy!

The Geyser said...

Um... Quite sure you're feeling well? The Bird trauma may have addled your rather fragile state of mind if you believe Benji will save you from them; I fully expect him to cower under the bedsheets, taking only his Indian with him...

muralimanohar said...

Don't forget the magpies, which will divebomb you if you come within a 1 block radius of their nest. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. Maybe it's only 1/2 a block. Whatever. :p

I've got cooool bird pics on my blog, though. Australia is good for that. :p

the traveler's soul said...

Ascétisme du vol !... L'oiseau, de tous nos commensaux le plus avide d'être, est celui-là qui, pour nourrir sa passion, porte secrète en lui la plus haute fièvre du sang. Sa grâce est dans la combustion. Rien là de symbolique : simple fait biologique. Et si légère pour nous est la matière oiseau, qu'elle semble, à contre-feu du jour, portée jusqu'à l'incandescence. Un homme en mer, flairant midi, lève la tête à cet esclandre : une mouette blanche ouverte sur le ciel, comme une main de femme contre la flamme d'une lampe, élève dans le jour la rose transparence d'une blancheur d'hostie...(extrait de Oiseaux, Saint John Perse)

Candace said...

What moving prose!

Here is an online translation that I found in English, although I'm certain that it is a poor substitute for the French language in which it was originally written. Also, my impression is that some of the opening lines might be missing.

Saint-John Perse: Birds

Goodness!

Candace said...

the traveler's soul:

Thanks so much for sharing some of the works of this exceptional author.

Mary-Laure:

Not only do I enjoy your posts, I also enjoy the comments from your followers.

AUREA followers:

What a wonderful group you are!