Thursday, March 26, 2009

Transparent Transgressive



Well we finally got some good weather today. Warm, with just a touch of breeze. Welcome to The Goldilocks Zone (i.e. not too hot, not too cold, not too windy). However, I am beseiged (yes.....beseiged!) with allergies that come and go at random. The Verbesina which grows all over the place here (and does whatever it can to make the lives of albatross more difficult) puts out a lot of pollen, and a lot of people don't handle it very well. I'm hoping to build up some resistance, but there is still a long way to go.



The subadult Short-tailed Albatross that was here when I first arrived returned yesterday after spending a month at sea. I got to see it walk around for the first time.....it moves like how I would expect a dinosaur would, swinging its massive head to head from side to side. It walked up to Black-footed Albatross that was lying in the grass, lowered its head and stared intensely at it. The Black-foot must have felt awkard because it got up and walked away after a minute of this. The Shorty promptly sat down, enjoying its new-found personal space.

Jesus. I have been so busy working and staring at birds Ive hardly had time to think and act human for a change. There may not be a wide variety of things to do here, but I am rarely bored. Its strange to suddenly not be constantly thinking about and dealing with the things that driven you for the past couple years (friends, girls, politics, religion, music, The Future, money, "growing up", more girls, quality of life, The Sad State of Affairs, raging, more friends.....you get the point). Ok well apparently I am thinking about some of those things, buts its a pretty weird situation.It seems like there is some kind of bird-vacuum in the place of all that, but I havent quite gotten my mind around it. But, you know what they say.....When The Going Gets Weird, The Weird Turn Pro.

Drying Off From Dolphins,

Seagull Steve

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