Hidden In The Rookery
Bird Photography is a tricky field of photography to catch. They are erratic animals, with swift, quick movements. I took these bird photos while on a trip to Florida. I shot these photos on a tiny little island referred to as a rookery. A rookery, for those of you who don’t know, is a colony of sociable birds. It is a nesting ground for these birds and can consist of nests to hundreds of nests only a few inches apart. The nests are not communal, each nest has its own parent birds. However, the proximity of all the nests together provides young babies with extra protection. This island itself was no larger than the size of your bedroom, home, only, to these birds. Because of its small proximity, rookeries are the best place for bird photography.
A Parallel Universe
There is so much more to the story of these bird prints than meets the eye. With every animal, I shoot, and every experience I have, I leave having learned a new lesson. I often learn more from these animals than I do from any other life experiences. It is funny how seeing actions within the natural habitat of these animals bring light to human nature in ways that we often do not recognize. Animals are our parallels. The question is, however, who will progress farther? Can human intelligence take us farther or is it the assumption that we are smarter than other animals that hold us back? My day on the rookery, I observed these birds in their natural habitats and I witnessed a parallel universe to that of my own.
They Don’t Flock Together
The species of birds in these bird prints are called wood stork birds. During my day on the rookery, I noticed that the birds were split into different groups based on the color of their feathers. The bluebirds were strict with the bluebirds and the white birds were strictly in a group with the other white birds, and so on, based on color. This bird in this shot, in particular, was trying to flock to the group with different colored feathers than his own. As he approached the other group, the birds began to scream at him and flock their wings at him. They did not want him anywhere near them as he did not belong. His feathers did not match theirs, so he was unwelcome. Now, doesn’t this sound a lot like a story we have heard before?
An Issue We Have Seen Before
Issues of race have been going on in our country since the beginning of time. Segregation in this country is not as far in our past as we would like it to be. While there are no segregation laws in today’s world, there is still a huge divide between races in this country. We have yet to reach the equality we would all hope for. Yet, we are making strides. We see mixed-race relationships and marriage more and more. The times are changing here, but we still have a long way to go. Seeing the way these birds dismissed another one of their kind because of the color of his feathers was a clear parallel to the way people have treated each other in our country. I watched a parallel universe, just with a different species.
The Lessons We Learn
Bird Photography is such a popular landscape to shoot. The nature of the birds themselves is a perplexing one which makes them a great inspiration for art. Bird prints such as this one truly capture the erratic nature of the bird. They have the power of flight, something not gifted to most, and they are sensitive to even the slightest movement. My experience with bird photography in this specific case was eye-opening. It reminded me of the way we were, how far we’ve come, and how much further we must go. This is the true art of photography, finding the message within the image.
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