Jun
26
2013

Bluebird Baby

The last few days I haven't been able to get much of any excitement from the baby bluebirds. Maybe they are just accustomed to the paparazzi that has invaded their privacy, or maybe they have fantastic parents keeping their bellies full, or maybe they are just being sleepy babies.  I don't know, but whatever it is, they haven't given me much to work with lately photography-wise.  I guess that's ok, I've never been much of an action photographer anyway.

As I was looking through the shots I took today, one thing stood out to me ... this little bird is definitely not a Cecil. With those eyelashes, she's definitely a Cecilia.

'Maybe it's Maybelline'

Here's a close up of the photo above... aren't Cecilia's lashes just lovely?

Close Up of Baby Bluebird

So, this photo got me thinking about whether birds actually have eyelashes or not.

What's that you say? Birds don't have eyelashes?

Honestly, I had no idea. I mean, I don't think I've spent much time up close and personal with many birds, so I looked it up.

Well, it seems that some birds do have eyelashes, but most don't.  Apparently hornbills, ostrich, bald eagles, and amazon parrots have honest to goodness eyelashes. Other kinds of birds have what are called 'feather eyelashes' that they use to protect their eyes.

I have a feeling that the photo of little Cecilia is just a bit misleading and that her 'eyelashes' are more due to the angle and the light of the photograph. I don't care, I like them.

 

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