"I soar through the air with the greatest of ease teasing the wind with my feathers and song. I am a bird. You probably thought of that first unless you're a big fan of Superman and we all know he doesn't have feathers. And birds don't have super powers. They are fragile creatures closely related to the reptiles from which they descended. Science claims birds have limbic brains which means they barely think thoughts and are entirely reactive."
Birds are mostly an uncomplaining lot, except for Guinea Fowl, Peafowl and chickens. Their language is not understood by humans although most animals know the call of the predators among them. They are satisfied with a dish of water and they can eat a few seeds and call it a meal. In the case of carnivores, maybe just a shred of meat will get them through the day.
When humans fill the air with their smoke and fumes, birds stay aloft as long as they can hoping to avoid the fate of the canaries once used as gas detectors in mines and construction sites. Birds help where they can.
Understand the picture above was made with the molted feathers of the noble Golden pheasant. It was turned into art to celebrate the beauty birds give freely. Here it is meant to commemorate the Fourth of July, America's Independence Day. Have a happy Fourth of July!
Consider saving the feathers you see, for one day they will be rare and wonderful. Save feathers for feather rishi and perhaps for posterity where people one day will marvel that such wonders flew freely.
Copyright 2014 L.M. Grimes