In these virus-sensitive times I hasten to say that I’m not sneezing. I’m wondering whether I’m seeing an avian version of this Eastern massage therapy.
This ancient practice
—which involves a massage therapist literally walking on your back—
has been performed by Buddhist monks for centuries
and is now available in various forms across America.
– Massage Therapy
Ashiatsu certainly seems to be available at this rookery in St. Augustine.
Ha ha ha, eh? Isabel, don’t be silly.
Getting photographs of birds mating requires luck and quick reflexes: They often hide in the weeds (er, branches), and they’re speed demons. So when I got decent shots of these particularly spectacular birds, I was almost pleased enough to overlook that I didn’t get the exposure quite right: The white lacks details in many places. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that while I couldn’t overlook it, I was still pleased.
I also continue to be amazed at how beautiful these birds are. In the photo below, note, too, that the little missus is standing on one leg. Clearly she has no challenges with balance.
Even the dismounts and the after-action interaction can be spectacular.