You should know by now that there are a good number of birds that spend an appreciable amount of time underwater. There are, for example, the Penguins and Diving Ducks. And then there are the crazy-awesome Dippers and one should not forget the great diving birds like Gannets and Albatrosses.
This Yellow-crowned Amazon was not quite as vociferous as his Central American cousins
And like many of these birds, I too love to spend time beneath the water – there are few things better than free diving or scuba diving with dolphins, whale sharks or coral reef fish. Looking through some of my photos from my last trip to Thailand, I got to wondering what birds the various fish and creatures would be if they were feathered. Let me try to explain what I am getting at:
(before I get started, I don’t have a guide for the creatures of the area so please excuse the rough IDs)
This species of Damselfish seems to live in flocks – one sees them flitting around corals, particularly around the branches of staghorn corals. Actually, much like a flock of Groove-billed Anis, hopping about in the shrubbery, but jumping up to moan at you if you get too close.
This has got to be an owl. But what owl could possibly be this gaudy. Oooooh, I know, its a Pitta!
Red-backed Shrike – really pretty to look at, but do not touch (this is a fire-coral, btw)
See, with a little bit of imagination, even a scuba diver can find birds all over the place. Talk about having birds on the brain, huh.