Sunday, September 23, 2012
PART 2 of Bomber the Hummingbird, Quicksilver, Pyewacket and the Spaghetti, Plus a Saturday Miscellany Which Includes a Link to Filmmaker Adam Welz' Wild New York
We pick up today's episode of The Adventures of Bomber the Hummingbird, Quicksilver, Pyewacket, and the Spaghetti, where we left off, with Pye bearing down on Silver over the spaghetti plate.
Silver goes into aggression mode, no nose touching for him. Eyes flashing, (His pupils go from large to small and back again repeatedly.) He stands his feathers on end while taking an aggressive posture which often is the prelude to his leaping precipitously at the object of his attentions, beak open and wings flapping.
Trust me. It's scary.
Pye must think so too because she pulls her head back. Silver glares, legs braced. It's a stand off over the spaghetti plate.
Pye bends right and slowly comes around the other way toward Silver. Silver has had enough and gives me the just- when-are-you-going-to-tell-the-CAT-to-get-off-the-table look.
Let me give you the larger view of the expression so you'll recognize it if it ever happens to you.
I don't want him leaping at me in disgust, so I say "Pye" quietly and as she knows she isn't supposed to be on the table, and actually cares that I disapprove, starts moving toward the edge.
Just to prove she is no pussy, Pye does a little playful feint of a scamper towards the parrot. Not the least unnerved, both knew this wasn't the least bit serious...
Silver gets back to eating as Pyewacket heads off the table into a chair.
Once in the chair, Pye stops short and appears to stare fixedly at "something" out of our view. Silver considers walking over and looking over the edge but he's fallen for that one before and restrains himself, taking another bite.
Pyewacket settles down at the patio door for a session of birdwatching, Quicksilver keeps eating, and if you look carefully you'll see Bomber the Hummingbird facing out waiting for another session of Hummingbird aggression.
She rouses her feathers and gives her wings a few flicks.
When I look again, Bomber has gone missing. I go to the door to see if she has taken up her station in the Maple tree, and a little dry, cracked voice says, "Fresh water."
Silver says it again in the same dried up old voice. Where he learned to say fresh water, like some old heat crazed prospector who's gone without water for a month, in say, "Treasure of the Sierra Madres", I'll never know.
But it is hilarious. No doubt the reason he keeps it.
In case you missed it in the comments section, anti-rodenticide progress watcher Sally of Kentucky sends a story of an enlightened town--
South African film maker Adam Welz did a piece for South African Television, Wild New York, about the NYC hawks and hawkwatchers. Originally it was part of a series chronicling The Healing Power of Nature on South African television and later did well at film festivals.
When the film screened at a festival nearby, Adam and I teamed up again as part of a panel discussing pressing wildlife issues.
Director Welz has now made Wild New York available for viewing online in order, he hopes, to procure the wherewithal, as in artistic clout, name recognition, and angels in order to do his next film. Which let me add he feels very strongly should be made in order to get the word out about a tragic situation of humans vs wildlife which continues today and without any publicity to speak of.
Adam's next film will chronicle the conflict caused by human farming infiltration into previously untrammeled wildlife territory which has caused the tragic killing of many, many lions.
To see Wild New York click the link below!
And Betty Jo McDonald invites us all to sign the petition to stop the killing of whales in the Faroe Islands