Hilarious Winners of the First Annual ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’ – recently a couple of friends shared this gallery with me on Facebook. I have seen many of the winning images before and they never fail to make me laugh. This time, however, the hilarious images awakened a deep longing, the need to marry my own wildlife photographs with my appreciation of comedy. Could I do this as effectively as the award-winning photos? Do I have any photographs that would rise to the level of hilarity?
I dug deep through a sandbox of thousands of animal-related memories and came to the conclusion…
No, I can’t say that I do.
However, with the help of a healthy dose of anthropomorphizing, I realized I have many images that could at least qualify as amusing, especially as a series of images. So, I’ve decided to create a new blog series called: Amusing animal antics – welcome to the first edition..
Read on and cautiously prepare yourself for the possibility of being assumed, but remember – don’t expect gut-wrenching hilarity.
Tree swallow dispute
Here’s some context: The male tree swallow has a vibrant blue crown and is seen on the left of most photos below, the duller colored bird is the female. I watched the female fly in and out of a nearby nesting box as the male sat close by on the wire – chances are they are mating pair, either dealing with a gang of hungry babies or preparing a nest for the ensuing brood.
‘Dammit Bill! Please get off your tail feathers and help me!’ yells Sarah, an annoyed female tree swallow. Her well-intentioned but lazy partner had pushed her patience to the brink. Day after day, she flew in and out of the fields, collecting nesting material, insects and grubs. Bill just sat on the wire, pretending to guard their home, but really just avoiding the physically demanding requirements of nesting-box management. A chastised Bill makes the wise choice to fly off and help his partner.
That’s the story I envisioned at least – how about you? If you have any other theories about this interaction, feel free the comment below.
Until next time, continue loving life and everything wild 🙂