Gallery: feathered friends in threes
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bushEnglish proverb
Or so they say. I wonder what three are worth? Interestingly, while doing a little research on this saying, I learned that the very first version of it actually mentions three rather than two:
It is more sekyr [certain] a byrd in your fest,
Than to haue three in the sky a‐boueJohn Capgrave’s The Life of St Katharine of Alexandria, 1450
I’m running a little late for Terri’s Sunday Stills Feathered Friends theme, so I thought I’d double up with Thursday Trios and share some photos of bird threesomes from around the world, as well as some taken close to home.
Flamingos in flight over the Salar de Atacama in Chile
Waved Albatross on Isla Española in the Galápagos
Two Little Egrets and a Grey-headed Gull, Chobe River bank, Botswana
Helmeted Guineafowl on the Chobe River bank, Botswana
White-backed Vultures on a termite mound, Chobe National Park, Botswana
One Purple and two Blue Glossy Starlings at Fathala Lodge, Senegal
Black Kites near Mandina Lodge in Gambia (yes, I know they’re brown, but believe me, they’re Black!)
Senegal Thick-knees among the mangroves on the Gambia River
Western Reef Herons on a village boat on the Gambia River
Closer to home now, three Pelicans in St James’s Park, London
[my feature photo of young Herring Gulls on a groyne was also taken quite close to home, in Whitstable, Kent]
And finishing just down the road with a swan and cygnets in Syon Park, west London
Love your bird shots and remain in awe! I have you to credit by the way when taking nature shots as I now look for three of a kind and never did before.
Thank you Annie – I hope you find your trios and if so, that you join this fun challenge!
The Senegal thick-knees have a wonderful name and a piercing eye!
Don’t they? When our guide first told us the name I thought he said ‘Senegal thingies’, as if he wasn’t sure of the real name 😂
Haha! I am sure I would have had to ask twice too!
Oh wow! These are some amazing photos of beautiful birds! They reminded me so much of our bird watching tour in NZ some years back but I never got to take as beautiful pictures as you did. 🙂 — Amor
Thanks so much! I’ve never been on a specific bird-watching tour, apart from an occasional naturalist-led walk. I think I’d enjoy that but my husband would probably be less keen 😉
Very clever Sarah, it’s not often you see three birds on a branch, by the time I’ve taken my camera out there’s usually only one left
Thanks Alison 🙂 I guess I take a lot of bird photos and I have far more with only one bird, or maybe two, than I do of three or more!
You do have wonderful photos
Aw, thank you Alison 😊
Great shot 🤍
Thank you 🙂
You are most welcome ❤️
These are great. I’ve never seen flamingo flying
Thanks Kirstin. The salt pans in the Atacama are an amazing place to see flamingos. I’d never seen them in flight before we went there (or since!)
Sorry, vultures. I really love the starlings! What gorgeous plumage! What a fun gallery, Sarah.
The starlings are rather gorgeous – more so than our UK ones, although they have pretty plumage too if it catches the light. Thanks Patti 🙂
Sarah, your photos are all amazing. I learned a few bird names, too. I love how you got them to pose in threes like that! The reflection in the last picture turns it from good to fabulous. The Western Reef Herons lined up according to height, the hunter bent over trying to handle his prey. Love the Thick-Knee Senegal’s funny thick knees and their sparkly yellow eyes. An heart-fluttering post.
Ha Marsha, I wish I COULD get them to pose in threes or indeed in any way at all! I miss so many good bird photos when they fly away or move just as I’m about to press the shutter 😆
Terri Webster Schrandt
Amazing captures, Sarah! Threes are always so compositionally pleasing to the eye. The same is true for decorating by arranging items in threes. Love the variety of birds you have here, I really like the symmetry of the pelicans all dipping at once, so cool! Enjoy your week and see back here in June!
Thank you Terri 🙂 Yes, my mother in law used to tell me to arrange flowers in threes or other odd numbers, never in even numbers!
Love the around the world three bird shots as you continue to amaze me that you can pull out the specific shots for each of your challenges!
Ah, but that’s part of the fun Annie 😆 Glad you liked my birds!