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it’s fight club in our front yard these very cold days. about 6 blackbirds have occupied it, and in in their respective territories they reign. the old veteran with the crippled foot is still among them: amazingly enough, his plumage looks thick and healthy and warm once again. he’s settled in the most distant corner of the yard, where every morning he sits, waiting for his apple. the moment it hits ground, he hops up to it and immediately starts pecking at it, extracting tiny morsels, which he then gobbles up as quickly as possible. the rest of the day he spends patroling his half-eaten apple like a roman cohort, making sure no other bird takes it away from him.
the veteran strongly rejects being photographed, so once again i needed to inexpertly scribble and draw and scratch, using black and white crayons this time.
(february 2012 – a tiny, tiny sketch from last winter which i never put up for discussion. so here it is. it's december again and fight club in our front yard! r.i.p. the old veteran: he survived two attacks from a sparrow hawk. then one day in june he simply disappeared. must have entered the food chain after all… a new group of very territorial (and very tame) blackbirds have settled in the area, waiting for me at the doorstep every morning to throw them raisins. no, they are definitely no placid bunch either… ; ))