There seem to be an abundance of birds on, around and near our home in Batangas. In the adobe crevices of our walls, we have provided â€œapartmentsâ€ for several different species and they happily leave us constant clues as to their comings and goings, and even an occasional eggshell, just to let us know a new member has joined the family. I have done a post on the birds before and have found several nests and eggshells within 10 meters of our dining table which is in a wall-less veranda all year longâ€¦ So this morning, sitting at the dining table, enjoying some sweet pomelo and staring at nothing in particular, this little blur zinged past me and smacked straight into a glass sliding door to the living room and promptly bounced into the pool. It was like a scene from a cartoon. A split second later, realizing it was a bird, we tried to fish it out of the water and it was okay enough to flap itself out of the water and it then flew straight into another nearby glass doorâ€¦ a bit low I.Q., but frankly understandable, as I have smacked into a door or two in my day. Then again, the little birdie may have had a hangover.
It was a bit stunned from the second glass smacking so we picked it up and tried to see if it was okay. The Kid was able to snap these terrific photos of the spectacular bird as it gamely took a breather. It was a cutie, and clearly a baby, and totally wet from its unplanned swim. Its beak was incredibly long and it had a beautiful streak of blue, so unusual in the birds in our area. I suspect the strong winds and the wicked long beak made maneuvering a bit hairy. At any rate, after a few minutes, he caught his breath and took off like nothing happened, just a bit wet and probably forever clueless what mysterious invisible force he flew into, twice, in one morningâ€¦. All photos here are by The Kid.