Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Grooming and Preening

I can't imagine a better set of pictures of Ms. Hopper. 30 minutes elapsed between the first and last photo, and yet she barely moved a foot. You will want to click on a couple of these to get the full sense of the color and detail in these photos.


  1. She's a beautiful specimen of her species. Even with a bad leg she still holds her head up high and struts her stuff. It's no wonder that Ben Franklin thought that the turkey would have made a better choice than an eagle for our national symbol. Below is a letter that he wrote to his daughter comparing the eagle to a turkey.

    Did Ben really want the turkey to be the symbol of the United States of America?
    In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin wrote:

    For my own part I wish the Eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
    With all this injustice, he is never in good case but like those among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our country...
    "I am on this account not displeased that the figure is not known as a Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.

  2. I've never read that before, and if I had, would have probably included that information with a turkey photo posting some time ago. Thanks for sharing such an interesting comment!