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The bird life in this garden is vaguely increasing, most notably in the case of the hadeda who has spent portions of the weekend sitting on the highest point of the house roof and whooping meditatively to himself in the approximate tones of someone being slightly distractedly murdered by inches. I blame global warming, myself.

Unusually, I can't also blame the cats for the unhappy dove corpse I found on the front doorstep the other day: it had clearly broken its silly neck flying into the big dining room window, and was moreover otherwise intact. If the cats get hold of a dove or pigeon it always explodes into approximately ten cubic metres of feathers all over the house, in an area effect which is in no way in keeping with the small size of the bird. I think it's something to do with quantum.

I am saddened by dead ring-necked doves, they're pretty and inoffensive creatures who are not prone to the slightly lobotomised, avian snickering of pigeons. What I have found, very weirdly, however, is that the dead dove appears to have left an absolutely perfectly bird-shaped impact mark on the window. I have spent all weekend wandering out there at intervals and attempting to photograph it, from a variety of angles and in a variety of lights. This was last night, and seems the most successful: while it's not a great photo, I'm pleased with the detail.



It's a rather pleasingly strange and ghostly phenomenon.

Photos

Date: Monday, 23 April 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] first-fallen.livejournal.com
Poor little dove :(

I remember seeing this gallery a while ago and thinking they would make awesome prints if you could somehow transfer them to black paper.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/8747003/The-ghostly-impressions-left-on-glass-when-birds-crash-into-windows.html

Date: Monday, 23 April 2012 08:55 am (UTC)

Date: Monday, 23 April 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dicedcaret.livejournal.com
And here's a lovely wol one, with bonus happy ending.
http://boingboing.net/2011/07/13/owl-leaves-ghostly-i.html

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