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(by Ark)

(for Ark)

the evanescent, the ultimate in moving targets, the grand poobah of all challenges, I have the honour to present … (SFX: Drumroll here please)the New Zealand fantail~!

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they are agile little buggers. And very good at it; they seem quite fearless and come in very close with brilliant displays of aerobatics, that if we still used film cameras would get them very sworn at.

To illustrate a point: they can literally disappear from sight here and reappear over there, and you simply don’t see ’em do it. Here, to show what I mean—

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—this bugger was there when my brain sent the executive command to my trigger finger. He was still there when the shutter opened—but he was gone by the time it closed. Hence what appears to be a double exposure but isn’t.

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Similar, but different. (Friendly little guys, too. Quite capable of pecking the fleas offa ya dawg and ain’t nuthin’ ya kin do aboud it (please forgive southern US accent) (I’m not very good at them, but I try) (I like it~!)

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One I took about ten years ago and is still the background image on my computer desktop.

Close by the duckpond in Queens Park there’s a wee ‘antarctic garden’ with little trickles running through it, one of which is especially favoured by birds in hot weather—

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—mostly the whiteyes. Until I took an interest I never realised just how far birds travel and can get around.

I should have guessed, I’ve often at sea stood nose to beak with albatrosses hanging suspended from their own arms while smiling across at me just out of reach—then they casually sort of wing-over, peel away, and soar so close to the swells that their wingtip vortices cause touchless ripples. Incredible … here, have a nice gull—

sealed with a kiss, my foot

—to finish with. The garden seals*  too have their uses … I mean,  what’s a gull to do when there’s no buoys around?

kismet

* I guess gnomes are out of season right now

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