Leaves and Hunting Finches

March 22, 2007

leaves_7558.jpgThis image reminds me of watching finches hunt. In the summer I spend time on a relatively tall deck that puts me face to face with finches and woodpeckers and other birds in the adjacent trees. Finches are beautiful little birds but when you get to see them in action up close you realize they are magnificent hunters too. They move from dry leave clump to dry leave clump, presumably a good spot for insects. They move their heads constantly, narrowing in on their prey.

Soon, very soon, I will once again spend time in the trees with hunting finches. Sit out on the deck, feel the warmth of the sun, immerse myself in a book, watch the hunting finches when I hear their distinctive flutter, breath, repeat. Ah yes, soon.