This isn’t really the photo I wanted to share today. It is, in fact, a seagull’s posterior.
What I actually wanted to share were the comings and goings of a smaller, darker, more elegant and gentle species; the starling (Sturnus vulgaris).
As we waited for our train, I watched these little guys amongst the rafters of the bird-friendly station (I.e. Free from those spikes that prevent pigeons from redoing the doo of under-standers). From what I could gather, and I would welcome a passing ornithologist to validate or correct me, they were taking material rather sneaking into some nesting site, exiting as quick as possible and then moving around as though to create a decoy to the location of their chosen stash site.
Certainly they looked as though they were checking for watchers. I may well be Anthropomorphising, but there are thieves in the avian world as much as any other, and so I expect this behaviour may be a necessary, evolved response to it. Be sneaky, …, profit!, in the language of our age.
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