Friday Photo 40: Bird Strike
My cameras have been stashed away for the past few months as I move work spaces from one end of the “office” to the other. Packing stuff up was pretty straightforward. Unpacking on the other hand has turned into a bit of a hit or miss affair. Today I found my little point-and-shoot in the bottom of one the boxes and had a quick scan of the memory card to see what was on it.
Amongst some neat snaps of family and friends and the odd social function, I found a handful of pictures that I took late last year in the Sabi Sands area. Most of them are pretty regulation safari tourist stuff, but there was also this interesting one:
I call it “Bird Strike” for (hopefully) very obvious reasons. The impression left by a fairly dusty bird on a window pane under the eaves of the room we stayed in at the incredible Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. Judging by the clear definition of some of the birds’ features on the window, I think it must have hit with a fair bit of force. I’m glad to say that there was no sign of a body on the ground below the window.
That said though, I guess it is possible that the Lodge staff could have cleared the body from the scene when we weren’t around. But I like to think the feathered fellow, after overcoming the initial shock, made a safe getaway. They build them tough in that part of the world.
Pretty freaky image, don’t you agree?
“Bird Strike” © Greg Pillhofer, 2012
Original Capture: 16 December 2011, 15:53
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V | f/5 | 1/60 sec | ISO-400 | 27mm | Auto Flash