Photographer Tim Flach has three goldfish and two Burmese cats. The latter, Hunt and Blue, eagerly keep their owner company while he works, even though they would probably gladly devour some of his subjects.

Flach is known for his striking portraits, where animals are treated with the same care as any human model. The photographer has captured both wild and domesticated animals, but whether he places them against a plain background or meets them in their natural habitat, Flach always manages to highlight their unique appearance.

This time, we're focusing on his bird photos, but if you want to learn more about his magnificent work, check out Flach's books Endangered and More Than Human.

More info: timflach.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

#1

The Himalayan Monal

The Himalayan Monal

The Himalayan Monal is the national bird of Nepal.

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Tom Gill
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10 months ago

Would have thought this a painted portrait if I didn't see it here...Nice capture!

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As you can imagine, working with so many models requires not only artistic but organizational skills as well. Flach spends quite a bit of time on his photoshoots. "It really depends on the kind of project I'm doing," he told Bored Panda. "If I'm doing a commission, and say, I'm most likely to be photographing a domestic animal like a cat or dog, then I probably work through a wrangler or handler because at that point, everything needs to be confirmed with the agency and the client."

"But when I work on my own personal projects, it's often that I'm following a concept or an idea. And that animal then is to represent that," the photographer explained. "Then the next question is, how do I access those animals? Well, then, of course, I have to take the situation, case by case. For example, if I want to access an endangered Saiga that can only be found in some national park near the Caspian Sea in Russia, then, of course, I have to get my friend in Moscow to organize something with the national park to get some kind of permission and visa."

#2

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tits are a common sight at bird tables in the U.K. Researchers found that the British put double the food in bird feeders than our European neighbours, which they believe is contributing to some bird species developing longer beaks.

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Brett
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10 months ago

I may be immature but I saw the word tit so I liked it (it’s funny don’t lie)

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The next thing is having someone on the ground who actually knows what the behavior of those animals is. In the case of a particular project Flach is working on now, a book on birds, he has a guy who's like a producer and is highly knowledgeable about birds, and even owns some. Then, the photographer has to develop a case by case approach as to whether those birds could be put into an aviary in the studio, whether there's some kind of permission he has to get through a zoo, and so on. "I have to present a kind of case for why I want to get that access to them. For example, at the moment, I'm trying to get access to a very rare fossil. That fossil is unique, and I have to have a conference call with various people at the museum to convince them that it's worth me having access to such an extraordinarily rare and important fossil."

#3

Inca Tern

Inca Tern

This for me, is the Salvador Dali of the bird world. When it comes to the length of the Peruvian Inca tern’s moustache, longer is healthier. A longer moustache indicates a stronger immune system and therefore a more attractive proposition for courtship.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago

Looking very distinguished.

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So naturally, Tim's photoshoots are incredibly varied. "I think the one thing as a photographer is that though you can have your kind of formulas and approaches to certain problem solving, when it comes to the animals, each can have different situations whether that means diving with hammerhead sharks, or tracking down polar bears in the Arctic, or penguins as I did in the Antarctic last Christmas. That's slightly different than my models in the studio."

The vast majority of animals Flach photographs are untrained, including birds. "With a bird book, I might have over 100 birds, and yes, the parrots and the ones for shows, of course, they're quite trained but for the vast majority of my animals, I'm there, literally perched behind a hideout with an 800mm lens, waiting for something just to turn in my direction."

#4

The Gouldian Finch

The Gouldian Finch

The Gouldian finch from Australia for me is one of the most colourful of all finches. I was fortunate to have a model on the day that permitted me to come so close, sometimes times too close, as it decided to land on my head a number of times rather than to stay on his perch.

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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

The colours on this finch are truly magnificent.

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In the studio, of course, the process is quite different. The photographer has a special aviary which makes it impossible for the animal to see him. There's even a turntable. "Often, the birds are happily perched on this and it whizzes in circles, so I can get the exact angle I want. The opportunities where I can have control and how much control can vary enormously."

Tim says there is a sense of awe and wonderment in the uncertainty of photographing animals; you never fully know what will reveal itself in front of the lens. And that is the beauty of his work; he doesn't force anything, instead, Tim allows his subjects to speak and gives the viewers space to make up everything else.

#5

Silver Laced Polish Chicken

Silver Laced Polish Chicken

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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

This funky chicken is great!

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#6

Northern Red Cardinal

Northern Red Cardinal

Northern red cardinals are adept songsters, with individuals being able to produce more than a dozen song variations. This particular cardinal had a fair bit of attitude, as though he could have flown straight out of Angry Birds.

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md9000
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10 months ago

I didn't expect the spanish inquisition

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#7

Major Mitchell

Major Mitchell

The beautiful crest on the heads of cockatoos is one of the things that sets them apart from other parrots. However, they share the longevity of many members of the parrot family, and have a very similar life span to humans.

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Tom Gill
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10 months ago

Thinking of Native American headdress and the honor and status that it represents. Wonder if this bird gets such respect from other parrots?

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#8

The Philippine Eagle

The Philippine Eagle

I spend days travelling through the Mountains on the Philippine islands looking for this eagle, and in the end I photographed it at a rescue sanctuary.
The Philippine Eagle has one of the largest wing spans of any eagle, at 2 metres, and is only found on the Philippine islands, where it is the national bird.
IUCN: Critically Endangered

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Tom Gill
Community Member
10 months ago

Stunning! Also the subject of an amazing documentary, "Birds of Prey" available on Amazon.

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#9

Jacobin Pigeon

Jacobin Pigeon

The Jacobins are one of the oldest domestic pigeon breeds in the world, originating from India. Their arrival in Europe during the 16th Century is what sparked their evolution into the fashionable exhibition birds we see today.

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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

Vogue. Strike a pose.

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#10

Longtail Broadbill

Longtail Broadbill

This long-tailed broadbill can be found from the Himalayas to South East Asia. He reminds me of a fighter pilot - but a lot of you seem to think he looks like Elvis - with his helmet-like black cap and sleek blue patch on their crown.

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Brett
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10 months ago (edited)

It’s Howard from Big Bang Theory!!

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#11

Black Jacobin Pigeon

Black Jacobin Pigeon

The Jacobin received its European name because it’s hood of feathers resembles the garments worn by the Jacobin order of monks. For others it resembles a lady in feathery clothing.

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Patty Stier
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10 months ago (edited)

A bird with it's own feathered-fur hooded stole. (Show-off)!

Mary Peace
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10 months ago

If you've got it, flaunt it!

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Charlotte
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10 months ago

It’s the late Queen Mum!

Lin Haraway
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10 months ago

She's on her 4th husband.

Jill Bussey
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10 months ago

The Cruella de Ville of the bird world!

Katy McMouse
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10 months ago

Very Dr. Zhivago (did I spell that correctly?)

Mary Rose Kent
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10 months ago

You did. And it is.

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ArhomR
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10 months ago

I’m too sexy for my coat, Too sexy not to gloat, Too sexy, Too sexy...

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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10 months ago

faux fur coat. completely free with birth

Tom Gill
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10 months ago

Seeing this makes me wonder what the bird would look like in another "pose," ie, do the feathers lay flatter in other circumstances? (answer a Google away...pretty much always "on"!)

Sawdust
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10 months ago

Presumably in warm weather they take off their fur coats.

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e m
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6 months ago

Again, their cool looking but it's not ethical to breed them as they can't see past their feathers.

Gillian Marr
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8 months ago

Winter is coming..

Kinslee Hager
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8 months ago

Its like: im getting ready for winter with my coat. Lol

Elizabeth Rall
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10 months ago

Look at those shoulders!😁

Viktor Mjasnikovs
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10 months ago

WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS BIRD

BoredPanda is awesome
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10 months ago

Rocking the look

Pamela
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10 months ago

God's amazing creativity! :)

e m
Community Member
6 months ago

This pigeon breed was created solely by humans. And it isn't very ethical either, they can barely see with all of those feathers

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Carol Roeder
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10 months ago

All set for the winter runway!

Ninja Nonna
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW!

Lyn Moffett
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow

Leah Pheonix
Community Member
4 months ago

When I wear a large winter coat

Peter Ledoux
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4 months ago

What? The queen of England died. Well your right about a grand looking chicken

Manideepa Banerjee
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4 months ago

Looks like Cruella de Vil lol

Emily Rayner _ Student - JoynerES
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5 months ago

why dose it look--- never mind

Emily Rayner _ Student - JoynerES
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5 months ago

guich be like:

Dahlia Kincannon
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5 months ago

very nice boa

Brecklyn Starchman
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5 months ago

Thats a pigeon... Oop

Malena Baker
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6 months ago

love the new coat

Audrika Biswas
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6 months ago

This is the formal side of the white Jacobin

Neurotic_Octopus
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6 months ago

Me and my heated blanket when it gets too chilly in the winter.

Devina Whitehouse
Community Member
6 months ago

it lookes like the jocobin pigeon but with a different sweater

Lucas Crouch
Community Member
7 months ago

its cruella de vil! something funny about her name. it looks like "cruel devil"

Alexandra Medina
Community Member
7 months ago

Is it wearing a really puffy coat??!!

lulu _arts23
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

wonderful, Christ had done a perfect job at displaying His Majesty and Creativity to all of us, please repent and turn from your sin, He really Loves us and doesn’t want us perishing , Christ died for us while we were still sinners, that’s how much He Loves us, have a good day :)

Leonardo Martinez
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7 months ago

it is like the old lady from the adeaams family

Jamie Novotny
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7 months ago

Its dracula watch ur backs!

Tracy Wood
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7 months ago

Stunning

ILikeMeSomCatsAndDogs
Community Member
7 months ago

‘Tis wearing quite the fur coat. ‘Tis more ready for winter than I.

FroggyGirl
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8 months ago

Stunningly lovely

The Monky Legend
Community Member
8 months ago

Talk about style

Charlie Hyduk
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8 months ago

Vogue Magezine

Ravenwolf
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8 months ago

Hello Cruella. Nice fur coat you got there.

Linda Kaye
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8 months ago

... love this so much ... <3

Logan Clermont
Community Member
9 months ago

like a vampire

M_E the Meguca Wolf
Community Member
9 months ago

This is my new favorite bird

Among Us
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10 months ago

I'm jealous of that coat you've got there sir

Maddie Woodworth
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10 months ago

DID IT KILL A FOX???

Susan Miller
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10 months ago

Looks so cozy!

Maria Martin
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10 months ago

Ready for winter. 😂😂😂😂

Ana Vaquer Perez
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10 months ago

There’s ANOTHER costume party and your stealing my costume?

CharliAnn Olney
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10 months ago

The white one is so elegant. The Black one can almost look like a Vulture at first glance. Then you see how beautiful it is.

Teresa Groth
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10 months ago

So fancy dressed with his feathers!

Monika Soffronow
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10 months ago

A glimpse into a different world: "Mr sayed akbar judging in Kuwait show black jacobin 16th February 2018". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOxawYrxnBs

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#12

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is considered the largest of the living pigeon species, and can be found on mainland New Guinea. The only larger member of the pigeon family would have been the Dodo.

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Narunaru
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10 months ago

Black Swan vibes over here.

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#13

The Toco Toucan

The Toco Toucan

The Toco Toucan’s bill is the largest relative to body size of any bird and it can be used to regulate heat distribution similar to elephants ears. While sleeping, heat loss can be reduced by placing their bill under their wing.

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Patty Stier
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Don't you dare look down your nose at me! Give me a another view to really show the beauty of it!

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#14

Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

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Russell Ellwardt
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10 months ago

It's just another manic Monday...

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#15

Red Splash Jacobin Pigeon

Red Splash Jacobin Pigeon

The Jacobin’s probably the most regal pigeon, having been kept by the likes of Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria.
It gets its name because of the hood of feathers enveloping it’s head.

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Tom Gill
Community Member
10 months ago

Like the other Jacobin in this collection (and some others), I'd never seen hooded birds. Great collection of portraits by a very dedicated photographer/artist!

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#16

Andean Cock Of The Rock

Andean Cock Of The Rock

During breeding male Cock-of-the-rock take part in “confrontation displays” which is rather like a dance battle with other males which gets more and more frenzied as the female approaches.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago

Pfft, hahaha. The name gave me a good giggle. C’mon Foxxy, grow up lol.

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#17

The Grey Crowned Crane

The Grey Crowned Crane

The Grey Crowned Crane, from Southern and Eastern Africa, has a reputation for being rather short tempered and can potentially take ones eye out with a single peck. When he started pecking at my camera and seemed intent to start on me, I didn’t hang around!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago

Now say grey crowned crane 10 times in a row.

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#18

Shoebill

Shoebill

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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

"Whatcha lookin' at?"

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#19

The King Vulture

The King Vulture

The Mayans once believed that the King vulture was the messenger between gods and people.
Contrary to the common association between vultures and deserts, the King vulture inhabits the dense forests found in South America up to Mexico!

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Tom Gill
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10 months ago

Would need the whole box of crayons to draw this one! Unique bird!

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#20

Vultrurine Guineafowl Hen

Vultrurine Guineafowl Hen

Vultrurine Guineafowl hens can lay up to 40 eggs per season - this might be one of the reasons that this bird is not a threatened species! They are found in the bushy half-deserts of Eastern Africa and spend most of their time running rather than flying.

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Tom Gill
Community Member
10 months ago

What a cloak!

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#21

Crested Miniature Duck

Crested Miniature Duck

This domestic duck is a Crested Miniature. Comb-like structures around the edge of their beak allow them to strain through the mud for food such as insects.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

Nevermind the combed beak, look at that magnificent 'hair'!

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#22

The Nicobar Pigeon

The Nicobar Pigeon

The Nicobar Pigeon is the closest living relative to the Dodo. They are a threatened species hunted for food and their gizzard stones are extracted for jewellery. They are a nomadic species moving from places like the Nicobar islands in India to other coastal regions in Southeast Asia.

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Tom Gill
Community Member
10 months ago

Thanks for a "World Tour" of exotic birds captured beautifully! (and some common for me, such as Cardinal).

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#23

Bearded Tit

Bearded Tit

Bearded tits are the only British songbird to stay and breed in reed beds all year round. There are less than 600 breeding pairs of bearded tits found in Britain, most likely because they are limited by habitat, building their nests low down in the reeds. A group of bearded tits is called a ‘banditry’.

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Tom Gill
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10 months ago

I love the way this small bird dominates the image space. You've given these birds due respect and celebration!

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#24

This Silver-Laced Rooster

This Silver-Laced Rooster

This Silver-Laced rooster has come to symbolise, in Polish literature and art, a country gentleman from medieval Poland. I took this photograph at the Federation Championship Poultry Show last week.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

I love the fancy shag hairdo.

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#25

Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

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Tom Gill
Community Member
10 months ago

Another stately scavenger shared here. The pics of them in this collection reminded me of an essay that helped me appreciate their presence in the bird world..."On Coming Back as a Buzzard" by Lia Purpura. Worth a web search and worthy of the way you've given these birds a dignified visage.

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