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Camouflage - it's all the rage - for some ;-)

Had another one of those wonderful bird walks in Westport this morning with people who can hear and know what they're hearing. I can't do either. Then again, these folks (Mike Sylvia, Mike Boucher, Walt and Mary Bender) are all more experienced birders than I. The two Mikes are in a league all their own. so it was a great learning experience for me. But one of my best lessons came from the little guy pictured below. Boy does he (she?) know camouflage! He's a hermit thrush and I think the sequence of pictures says it all - but pay particular attention to the last close-up. Look at how the color of his tail matches the color of the leaf behind it and how so many other parts of him match his surroundings so well. Oh - for ID purposes note the white eye ring , and tail color. (Click any image to enlarge.)

Of course, some people are just the opposite - they don't wnt to blend in, they want to standout. One of the most unusual colors in nature is blue, and these guys sure know how to wear it and show it off - and, of course, they are bluebirds,

Hey! Showing off is showing off, but why are you standing on one foot?

Posted by Greg Stone at March 6, 2006 05:53 PM