When we think of Transformation, the image of a butterfly comes first to mind at least for most people. Yours truly is certainly not an exception. Every butterfly experiences and endures different stages in their life time. In every stage, they transform. They are constant reminder to each and every one of us that nothing in our lives is permanent. Like them, our life also knows different stages and takes a series of transformations with every stage we endure. The sorrows that our failures bring are as temporary as the joys of our triumphs. It is, therefore, important not to be sad too much when we loose, but at the same time, not to be excessively happy when we win. After all, as Aristotle once said, virtue is anything in the middle of two extremes.
In the previous blog entry entitled Voyeuristic Gaze Through the Lens of a Video Cam: Black Billed Magpie posted last Saturday dated 25th of March 2017, I have shown a photograph and a video of a pair Black Billed Magpie who are building and guarding their nest. To watch them closely from a distance gives a sense of intimate privilege and privilege of intimacy. I cannot get enough, so I went back to the attic and looked at the window. Of course, the pair of black billed magpie I have shown in the previous blog entry is still on their post. They are so committed indeed in fulfilling their duties. This time, however, I have spotted one of their kind in solitude or at least alone in that particular moment. Below, you will find a video I have uploaded on youtube as I watch this bird more closely.
I am not entirely sure of what these birds are called. Their main physical characteristic is that they have black and white plumage. When search the google search engine through the keywords: ‘black birds with black and white feathers’. The search result was extensive and provided an ample quantity of photographs of black and white feathered birds. The closest image to the bird I was looking for is called Black Billed Magpie. It’s scientific name is Pica Hudsonia. In some sources, they are mentioned as Pica Pica (Linnaeus). The sources also indicate that these birds are usually seen in Western North America. These birds on the photographs are seen in North-Western part of Europe. Is it possible that these birds are migrating? Are they now on a stop-over because they have to rear their young?