Female Golden Whistler

This silly little girl ploughed into the glass window near my desk at full throttle.

She sat on the veranda recovering for a good 10 mins or so until I went out to see if I could pick her up and inspect for damage.

She then proceeded to fly off, a bit erratically due to the knock on the head, before settling down to normal flight and perching at the other end of the veranda.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 1st May 2010, This photo: 9:33am

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  • Out_and_About said:
    I hate it when the poor birds do that!
    On the rare occasions this happens at my place, I've got to be quick as I've got two cats and they can't believe it when a bird lands on the balcony as they are not allowed out to cause any harm - day or night!
  • Out_and_About said:
    I hit post comment before saying how much I like this picture - it's very sharp and I like the way the back ground 'disappears'. Lovely work as always Dave.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Ah, nice one Dave....
  • looby88 said:
    oh bless her, I used to have stickers all over the windows at my last house, we still used to get some fly into the glass though. I was always very upset if they had killed themselves. I had a shoebox punctured with holes with some hay in it. I used to sit them in that and then put the box on a warm hot water bottle. They recover more quickly that way.... the concussed ones- obviously not the dead ones !!
    I agree its a beautifully sharp photo, and good for Michelle for keeping her cats indoors : )
  • ronnietan15 said:
    lol dumb birds. i suppose we destroyed their world by putting glass everywhere though :P
  • David de Groot said:
    Luckily our dogs were still in the bedroom and thus not an issue :)
    Thanks Kane :)
    Yeah I figured if it was really dazed I'd be able to pick it up and check it over, but by the time I'd stopped taking pictures, it was recovered enough to fly off on it's own accord.
    First time I've had one do this here. The windows are under a deep veranda, and usually have cobwebs on them so most birds manage to see it. Not sure what this one thought it was doing.
  • 11T.Co said:
    Another shot Dave but it's a shame that the poor bird had to fly into your house to star in the photograph. By the way, did you crop the shot?
  • David de Groot said:
    Only a little crop Frank. I was at minimum focus distance (1.4m) but even at 200mm it could benefit from a little crop. I then whacked on the 1.4x TC and got a similar view without the cropping, but this was the sharper shot.
  • SkattyKat said:
    poor little thing - glad you made sure it was ok
    nice capture though
  • Cobra_11 said:
    What a lovely littel fellow :-) I once had to rescue a great tit after it crashed into my window and fell down unconscious. It was in the middle of winter, so I had to pick it up and warm it up in my hand. It wasn't hurt, so I let it go as soon as it was well enough to fly.
  • renanluna said:
    Nice picture, he seems so fragile!
    ah, and thanks, my desktop is beautiful!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah I was almost as surprised as it was that it flew into the window. Silly little bird, but at least it seemed ok afterwards.
    At least it's still fairly warm here, so thermal shock isn't an issue.
    Thanks and you're welcome :)
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    A very pretty bird. At least you made good use of her down time, she's now had a few minutes of internet fame.
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite so ;-)