Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mad Mad MadSnapper



Photo's taken by Diane, Jungle Gardens, 2008.... found in Archives. I assume this means I have always been MAD.

Diane is the person responsible for helping me get rid of my fear of birds. This was the first bird I ever got close to. Until we started hunting bird photos together, my fear was out of all bounds.


My fear came from a Rooster attack at age 2 and a Turkey gobbler attack at age 8, and a goose attack at age 12.


32 comments:

RoeH said...

I can understand why the fear set in. I remember a farm up the road from us in Idaho in childhood. You learned not to set foot in their yard because they had geese and they were so dang mean.

DawnTreader said...

Brave girl. A friend of mine long ago had a parrot who was not exactly friendly to strangers either!

crafty cat corner said...

I grew up with birds as my Dad had an aviary full of canary, budgie and finches, he used to breed them.
We had a beautiful pet budgie when we first married called 'Pete'. We taught him to talk and he was free from his cage. One day we had an estate agent call, a big burly man and he was absolutely terrified of this tiny bird and wouldn't come right in until we put Pete back in his cage. Maybe he had had an experience like you, it just didn't add up with him being so big and all.
Briony
x

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

I applaud your getting over your fear. But you certainly had good reason to fear!

But isn't it a wee bit over and beyond the call of duty, to let those big talons sit on your ARM?????

-grin-

"Auntie"

Catherine said...

I love birds. And this is a colorful one! Good for you for overcoming your fears.
xo Catherine

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I am glad you got over your fear of birds,now if only I could persuade my sister that birds won't eat her.

TexWisGirl said...

i think your fear was rational, at least. but glad you could get past it.

Madi and Mom said...

LOL Mad Snapper...mom has a picture of herself at Jungle Gardens way back when she was a little girl. She says it might even be the same bird. You know they live forever!! MOL
Good for you conquering a fear after 3 incidents.
Hugs Madi and Mom

photowannabe said...

The sound of birds wings can give me the willies.
I had a robin fly at me and attack my cheek when I was in High School. I must have been too close t her nest or something.
Love hummingbirds but that whirr just sends chills down my spine.
I'm glad to looked your fear right in the eyes and have the pictures to prove it.

SweetMarie said...

I can understand why you had a fear of birds, glad you got past it. :)
These are some gorgeous birds! A friend of mine years ago had three large birds a big poodle and they all got along.:)

Judy Royal Glenn said...

Funny photo and story because I had a friend's parrot bite me between my eyes as it was sitting on the top of the couch. It bled like crazy too. Funny how now I one of my favorite things to photograph are birds!

EM Illustrator said...

Beautiful colors on that parrot, reminds me of monte python's sketch about the dead parrrrrot...a norwegian blue lol! Very cool pictures. Have a lovely Sunday afternoon!!

Ann said...

Holy smokes, all those bird attacks in one childhood. You've gotten over your fear quite nicely and you and that bird look very chummy

Madge Bloom said...

I have a healthy respect for Macaws... I have an African Grey Parrot, who can really hurt me when he wants... a Macaw, well, I think they could break a finger!

Maple Lane said...

Very nice photos. Congrats on getting over the fear of birds. That must have been horrible when you were young.

Rose said...

Sounds like you had a lot of reason to be afraid of birds.

I am always leary of geese....

Stacey Dawn said...

Good for you for facing your fears! Great pictures!

Maggie M said...

No wonder you had a fear of birds. Those are great pictures. Happy you conquered that fear and have gone on to enjoy beautiful birds. Hugs

Mamabug said...

So glad you're over the bird phobia. That's one pretty bird posing with you!

barbara l. hale said...

You've sure had some bad luck with birds! Glad to see you have worked to overcome it. That's pretty darn brave of you!

Miss Debbie said...

You have come along way!!

Nava said...

Sandra--thanks for sharing your story--and I understand. He looks like he really likes you and trying to figure you out. :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm glad you got over your fear with that pretty bird! I hope his talons didn't dig into your arm too much!

Chatty Crone said...

I would have a little fear if all those animals attacked me too! You have been crazy for awhile - I am pretty sure! lol Love yah anyway, sandie

Susannah said...

No wonder you were fearful! But you look pretty relaxed here. These are beautitul pics especially knowing you are overcoming something that has bothered you for years.

diane b said...

Well done for giving it a try when so nervous of birds. This one is a beauty and so are the photos.

LC said...

Wow! Reason to fear!. I still have a scar on my lip from a rooster attack when I was 5.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wow! I wonder why so many birds have attacked you. I'm so glad you are not afraid of birds now.

Dee said...

So glad we did not witness a parrot attack...He looks like he actually likes you. :)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You look great with that sweet big baby on your arm; you need one of those in your home to give you sweet birdie kisses. The Hyacinth Macaw has one of the strongest beaks, it can crack a Brazil nut like it’s a toothpick. I love those birds but the beak scares me.

Hope your day is a good one.

Betty Manousos said...

omg, you're so brave.

good for you for overcoming your fears.

xo

DeniseinVA said...

This popped up under today's post and just had to come over and take a look. Such lovely photos of you. Well done on getting over your fear of birds. Phobias are hard to overcome.