Sunday, June 9, 2013

Weekly Challenge June 10 ~ Birds


Birds!
What wonderful and amazing creatures!

From the smallest . . .
The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world.
Native to Cuba, the male (smaller than the female)
weighs just 0.056 ounce.


To the largest . . .
Photo: MATH KNIGHT

The largest and strongest living bird is the
North African Ostrich.
Males can be up to 9 feet tall and weigh 345 pounds.

Look at the photo above . . . don't they just look like 
ballet dancers strutting around in their tutus!


. . . and everything in between . . .



THE FASTEST SWIMMING BIRD
 The Gentoo Penguin found on the Antarctic Islands can swim 40 km per hour.



THE BEST TALKER
 Ramona Smiers (Fotolia.com)

 The African Grey Parrot has been called 
"the perfect mix of brains and beauty" (Bird Talk, Aug. 92)
Many cases have been documented of African Greys 
learning multiple lines of songs, prayers, or plays.




THE BOSSIEST BIRD
The Kea from New Zealand is the only bird
known to have a society in which the higher status individuals
force others to work for them.



THE MOST UNUSUAL?

It's impossible to determine the most unusual bird,
but the common Tailorbird is aptly named.
The Little Tailorbird uses its sharp beak to pierce holes along
the edges of two leaves. It then constructs a nest by neatly stitching
the leaves together with pieces of grass.

OR IS THIS THE MOST UNUSUAL?
The Quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala, has a
tail which reaches up to three feet in length.


These superlative birds are inspiring and exciting.

But there are so many common birds we see every day
that are every bit as inspiring. We have a little brown
Carolina Wren that visits our yard and likes to hang out and
sing to us with his perky little personality. He even
likes to talk to our cat as he sits on the window sill.
(the cat is not impressed, and even gets a bit nasty about it)


I can't wait to see what you will create
for our challenge this week which of course is

Birds
[Etsy]

 [Etsy]


Have your entry in by Sunday June 16 at noon (eastern time).
Link it up with Mr. Linky below and don't forget to leave a comment!
Please link back to Inspiration Avenue in your blog post.

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8 comments:

Fifi said...

Loooove birds.... Bravoooo for this topic!!!
May'll draw something today...

Cathy L. Calamas said...

LOVE me the birdies. I just entered the challenge.

Linda said...

gotta love the birds!! Fun collection of inspiration this week!

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Just loved the birdie theme. So doing a little retrospective fly past. x Joan

sheila 77 said...

Doesn't everyone love birds? It's a great theme.

IMGIRL said...

Love the bird challenge!!

Jez said...

A wealth of examples to give us inspiration, and a lot of scope. I enjoyed creating something for this theme.

Lou Anne said...

Thank you for a fun theme about our feathered friends, Maggie. Your examples were informative and inspiring. I love the talking parrot video!

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