What goes on in a ‘Bird Brain’?

On Saturday afternoon, I spotted a Great Blue Heron sitting on a branch, looking down at the dead one floating in the water.

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He stayed very still for quite some time taking in the scene below him, before eventually flying away.

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Last year at the Green Cay Nature Reserve, a Great Blue was standing motionless as if guarding  the remains of another, absolutely undettered by the hoard of people taking photos of the pitiful scene.

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It made me wonder if birds do mourn their dead, just as we do. How little we know about the ‘inner lives’ of animals. I was just reading a fascinating review of a book by award winning environmental writer, Carl Safina ‘Beyond Words…..what animals think and feel’. It really sounds like an interesting read. I also found an engrossing article on Wiki about Bird Intelligence, which sheds some light on the subject.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Our dinner with friends last night was sublime; delicious food and great conversation. Happy Monday to you.

 

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