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The brown birds in Manhattan


Birds - at times we hardly notice them yet they're always there. A undeniable presence made known to man. So fragile but yet so resilient, a constant reminder that life is life, no matter how small a creature.

In a city filled with sirens, smoke, pollution, noise and strife I was fascinated by the presence of so many birds in Manhattan. Not only birds but squirrels too - it is almost as if man and animal have come to a symbiotic mutual agreement: That man leaves crumbs where he exists that animals can feed from and that animal in turn will provide man with sanity when the world is too much and he needs to find his space in the world again.

I don't know why they would be such an enormous fascination to me but every now and then I had to capture the interaction of the birds with each other. They have their very own social system. The bigger ones stealing food from the weak ones. The (literrally) pecking order they live in and that made it all the more interesting.

So enjoy the images, I find so much joy out of these little creatures. This reminded me of Matthew 6:26 that says:

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"




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