POEM: Avian Game Theory

a murder of crows harasses a hawk,

out to steal the meal that wriggles in its talons.

the hawk giving its all to fighting crow will lose its squirming prey.

no crow is match for a hawk,

but no hawk is match for the murder,

and so all birds go hungry.

DAILY PHOTO: White-throated Kingfishers of the Backwaters

Taken in July of 2017 in the Backwaters of Kerala

DAILY PHOTO: Spur-Winged Goose on the Prowl

I was going to call this “Duck – duck – goose [-goose]” until I discovered that the smaller birds are also geese (i.e. Egyptian Geese)


A Spur-winged Goose hunting


Two Spur-winged geese in a row; Taken in the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia in April of 2017

DAILY PHOTO: White Stork Imitates Daniel-San

Taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana in April of 2017


Taken on September 30, 2017 at the Kamla Nehru Zoo in Ahmedabad

Above are male (hence, peacock) Indian Peafowl (a.k.a. Blue Peafowl or Pavo cristatus.)

DAILY PHOTO: Scene from a Watering Hole

Taken in May of 2017 in Botswana

DAILY PHOTO: Cape Buffalo with Egret

Taken at Amboseli National Park in May of 2017

DAILY PHOTO: Ostriches of Amboseli

Taken one June 27, 2017 in Amboseli National Park




Black ostriches are males and the brown ones are females.