Minimalist Barbados Birds

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We had left the responsibilities of our pets behind, as we headed off on a carefree couple of weeks, or so we thought. These little cuties had other ideas though. Every morning about half an hour after sunrise they would tweet impatiently on our balcony. They were looking for their breakfast of powdered coffee creamer. We didn’t understand this the first morning, and so as soon as I opened up the balcony one flew in and perched on the kettle. He nipped down and pinched a sachet, dropping it at my feet as a subtle hint.

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He soon had me well trained, and would bring me a gift of a small twig, with all but a couple of leaves plucked off it, as a reward. He would place this in front of me, and then wait patiently until I picked it up. He also defended his spot fiercely whenever another boy tried to perch on my balcony. He moved so fast, that it was hard to get a clear shot, and for the first few days he was very wary of the camera whenever I reached for it.

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I only hope that next guest in our room is as easy to train as we were.
It was such a lovely way to wake up in the morning, sipping coffee to the sound of birds and soft waves…..

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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45 Responses to Minimalist Barbados Birds

  1. Robin says:

    How wonderful and magical! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sharon K. says:

    How sweet……..tiny little chirpers, waiting for their breakfast.

    As much as we look forward to holidays, leaving the animals is always bittersweet and we find ourselves drawn to other people’s pooches. Usually a quick cuddle (after asking, of course!) helps.

    Nice you had these magical friends to visit each day and keep you connected………..

    Powdered coffee creamer! Who would have guessed??

  3. ladyfi says:

    Beautiful shots of the clever birds!

  4. what a sweet and touching holiday surprise! Birds are so clever to be able to train us so well. In Croatia we had a persistent little fellow who would not leave the balcony until he had had his fill of anything that we were eating – bread, cheese, crisps, you name it. I’m glad you have had such a great holiday. Looking forward to catching up with you soon x

  5. poppytump says:

    A lovely effect here with your little bird captures Seonaid .. so cheeky they are ! I’m sure you’ll have come back feeling full of the sights and sounds of the island and wondering when you might return ๐Ÿ˜‰
    We’ve enjoyed several visits there and although a small island there is always something new to discover . The people are just so welcoming .. the ocean so blue … sand so soft .. aah

  6. LB says:

    Oh my look at the comments!! We’re all so excited that you had such a wonderful holiday, and came home with lovely stories to share! I smiled throughout the reading of this post! And I do so hope you’ll tell me how you captured the motion of these wonderful images.
    I’ll look forward to more!!

  7. pommepal says:

    No bird brain this one, he knew how to train you. You are a quick learner… ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Wonderful! I can’t wait to hear more about your vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Tina Schell says:

    Love the flapping wings; lovely capture.

  10. Ahh. I’ve been waiting and have not been disappointed. What a wonderful interaction. I would not so quickly assume that your avian friend makes such bold advances toward everyone who takes up residence in the room you were occupying. No indeed. Natural selection would dictate that he use his special bird intuition to seek out only those who act kindly toward all creatures. It was clear to him that you were just that sort. The photos (especially the backgrounds) give the impression of warmth, peace, and quiet. I’m glad. Now .. turtles please! D

  11. Amy says:

    How beautiful to wake up in the morning to the sound of birds and soft wavesโ€ฆ.. Wonderful story ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love these shots.

  12. ordinarygood says:

    What a marvellous experience. I love that the wee bird bought you a gift. Your photos are gorgeous…..those out-stretched wings look so fine yet are so strong.
    The Tui haven’t begun to tap on the window yet but they do look over their shoulder towards the house when the feeder is empty.

    • The Tiu will soon get you trained I’m sure. I have always felt that birds are incredibly intelligent, but these lovely cuties have proved that to me now beyond any doubt. They were watching me as much as I was watching them….and the little twig gifts were incredible….

      • ordinarygood says:

        Tui in captivity often mimic words so any day now I could be getting a message one way or t’other. I talk to them and whistle (pitifully!) to them.
        A fellow blogger once said “there is nothing bird-brained about birds” and she is very correct.

  13. Great story and I’m so glad they sat still long enough for you to get a few photos. Wonderful time was no doubt had by all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Katrina W says:

    Lovely motion blurs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like the first image best…great composition, interesting sky, nice movement in the wings.

    • Thanks Katrine, it took me a while to get the settings right for the wing blurr….but that beautiful sky and light was a free gift from Mother Nature. This will be a lasting memory of early mornings Barbados style for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Beautiful pictures, you capture them very well – love the first one most ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Of course it would choose you Seonaid!

  17. Andrew Seal says:

    Great captures Seonaid. I particularly love the first one with the movement of the wings against the morning sky. Wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Incredible beautiful shots, Seonaid!

  19. Oh, how funny, Seonaid. ๐Ÿ™‚ He certainly got you well trained. No lying in bed late for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Colline says:

    These pictures are beautiful. My favourite is the first you have shared.

  21. Caro Woods says:

    What a delightful story! Enchanted.

  22. Sue Vincent says:

    Oh that’s such a beautiful beginning to a day ๐Ÿ™‚

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