Mocking birds?

  • Photographers, like fishermen, enjoy telling stories of "the one that got away." This swing and a miss happened recently while waiting in traffic on Old South Street in Northampton. I looked out my window at the Raven Used Books flag with its bold black-on-white logo of a raven and thought, if a raven would land on that it would make a great picture. Just as I chuckled to myself about how unlikely it is for that to occur, a sparrow landed on some compromised bricks right next to the flag. Well, not a raven, but still sort of funny. Naturally, by the time I parked and walked to the area, the sparrow was long gone, but I felt it might return shortly and decided to give it some time. Before too long, a pair landed, not next to the flag, but on some other exposed bricks father down the wall. There is hope, I thought. Complicating the scene were pedestrians who made the birds book (pun intended) each time they passed. Minutes later, a trio arrived, but again, too far from the flag. I took this shot as they stopped pecking to check me out, clearly mocking my efforts instead of cooperating like good birds should. Soon, they were gone again and didn't return. Birds, like fish, can be slippery and hard to snag. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 11/22/2019 9:22:11 AM
Modified: 11/22/2019 9:21:59 AM

Photographers, like fishermen, enjoy telling stories of “the one that got away.” This swing and a miss happened recently while waiting in traffic on Old South Street in Northampton. I looked out my window at the Raven Used Books flag with its bold black-on-white logo of a raven and thought, if a raven would land on that it would make a great picture. Just as I chuckled to myself about how unlikely it is for that to occur, a sparrow landed on some compromised bricks right next to the flag. Well, not a raven, but still sort of funny. Naturally, by the time I parked and walked to the area, the sparrow was long gone, but I felt it might return shortly and decided to give it some time. Before too long, a pair landed, not next to the flag, but on some other exposed bricks father down the wall. There is hope, I thought. Complicating the scene were pedestrians who made the birds book (pun intended) each time they passed. Minutes later, a trio arrived, but again, too far from the flag. I took this shot as they stopped pecking to check me out, clearly mocking my efforts instead of cooperating like good birds should. Soon, they were gone again and didn’t return. Birds, like fish, can be slippery and hard to snag.

Text and photo by Jerrey Roberts




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