Monday, October 24, 2011

The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock had it right. Birds can be amazingly creepy.

The University of Washington did a study a few years ago that stuck with me. It didn't surprise me to learn that crows are the most intelligent bird. But what did surprise me was that they're intelligent enough to hold grudges against people they recognize--and that they can share their knowledge about bad people with other crows. Perhaps there's something to the fact that a group of crows is called a Murder of Crows....

Below are some of my favorite shots of birds going their creepy thing: crows on a mausoleum at Brompton cemetery in London and in a tree Bandelier national park in New Mexico, an unknown bird along the coast of the Arabian Sea, and a surly pigeon high on a sky scraper in New York.


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