This post is a little mystical for Vault-Co.
I put it up because it correlates with what I have noticed completely independently lately. No, I'm not turning into one of those stock indian shaman characters in horror movies. I've noticed lots of things recently concerning birds.
Birds are acting truly weird.
I've seen flocks in strange places, doing strange things. The locals in Australia say it's hunger driving them into areas en masse they might not normally migrate to. From the drought. Only it's likely not hunger - there is plenty for them to eat, almost everywhere. Maybe it's a lack of fresh water ... only there is no shortage of that, either, certainly not enough to bring them right into populated areas. Big canals and rivers and dams are all over the hinterland, far from the urban centers.
They suddenly set down in public places in huge flocks. They often perch close to people, often so brazen it's disturbing to watch them. Sometimes they hover in patterns near where humans are gathered, despite vast spreads of forest only a few minutes away.
A really large and apparently fearless Kookaburra landed on the balcony a couple weeks back and refused to move no matter how closely we approached it. It looked at us with what might be described as complete indifference. My children were on the verge of petting it and it barely took any notice of them. It was kind of spooky and we told them to leave it alone. We worried it might be sick or diseased and maybe sluggish as a result. It finally took off, quite chipper, in it's own good time.
No, I have no idea what this means. None whatsoever. It has creeped me out quite a few times and I could not quite put my finger on what was bothering me. For the most part I have not been a curious observer of birds for the past four decades. It's only in the past year I have paid attention because their behaviour was so bizarre it was impossible to ignore.
Any ideas, feedback appreciated.