Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Snapshot Has the Ouchies



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Cacti rely on insects, birds, and other critters to pollinate them-- but do you ever wonder how those critters manage to do it with all those needle-sharp spikes that are usually in the way? Me, too. Denis and I even watched a house finch do it, and we still couldn't understand how that bird managed to get at what it wanted without getting skewered. Oh, for that bird's dexterity!

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House finch looking for tasty morsels. (Ouch #1)


Got it! (Ouch #2)

58 comments:

  1. How fascinating, I've never seen anything like that. I'd never thought about cactus pollination, you do have to wonder how the bird does it without getting hurt.

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    1. I think most people have never really seen cacti in flower, so it's natural not to think about how they propagate themselves.

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  2. Isn't nature wonderful! They are incredible pictures, and you make cacti lok and sound so interesting.

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    1. Cacti are fascinating-- and there are so many different varieties!

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  3. What a fun thing to watch! Thanks for sharing...and now I'm curious about how they manage, too.

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  4. Cathy - Those are stunning 'photos! I don't understand either how those birds manage to do that. Such skill!

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    1. I can picture how *I'd* look if I tried something like that!

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  5. No kidding - you would think that would be ouch!

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    1. I just want to cover up my face and whimper!

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  6. Wow, I've never thought about that either. Those birds are really dedicated!

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  7. That's amazing - what great photos!

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  8. That is a pretty big finch. Great quality on those shots.

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    1. House finches are rather large for their species-- and it happens to be dining at a smaller columnar cactus so it looks even bigger!

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  9. What an amazing shot that second one is !!!

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  10. Amazing photos, especially the second one. Makes me think I need a new camera ;-)

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    1. I wouldn't mind a new one myself! LOL

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  11. That's quite an acrobatic little finch. I've seen lots of bees in my cactus but so far no birds.

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    1. There's a much wider and more bountiful selection at your smorgasbord, Leslie! ;-)

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  12. What nice pictures, the second one especially. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Joe. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  13. Oh wow! It never occurred to me how cacti would be pollinated! Very interesting and youchy photos!! ;)

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    1. I know-- I shudder every time I look at them!

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  14. When I was down in Tucson and went to a cactus garden I had to remember to pay attention and not swing my arms out while I was talking. The last thing I wanted to do was spend my entire flight home picking out cactus spines. :) That bird is amazing!

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    1. I won't even tell you what happened when a male friend of mine landed crotch-first into a cholla!

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  15. Finches's ingenuity. Is that how they survive?
    Very nice photos.

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    1. All the birds here are highly adaptable. They have to be to live in the desert. There are many species not listed as fruit eaters who've taken a liking to the oranges we keep out for the citrus lovers. If an animal here in the desert sees tasty-looking food, it figures out a way to get to it.

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  16. I have to assume that their claws aren't as fleshy as fingers and toes, so they can grab on without stabbing themselves. Great pics!

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  17. That is amazing -- I had no idea birds got their food from cacti like that. Awesome pictures!!

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  18. Wow, that is a skillful (or thick-feathered) bird!

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  19. Those are great pix! Nature's wonderfully amazing if we just take the time to look, isn't it?!

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  20. Had never wondered about that before. Wonderful photos.

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  21. Great photos. I have no idea how the birds manage that.

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    1. It makes me glad I wasn't born a bird here in the desert! :-)

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  22. What a stick-y situation! Great photos. It's amazing what animals can do.

    thanks for stopping by mine!

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    1. We can learn a lot from watching animals!

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  23. Indeed a clever bird. Great photos.

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  24. That is amazing, great shots.

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  25. Wonderful shots! I especially like your second one. What a great capture. Good job!

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  26. I wonder about things that too, especially this time of year when we are now outside every chance we get. We put up a humming bird feeder last year and those little guys are amazing!

    Your photos are really terrific! I'm glad you shared them with us too! Have a wonderful weekend!! :)

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  27. gorgeous pictures! we've had finches trying to set up on top of our camper and peeking in the windows

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    1. Be careful-- if they want to get in, they will find a way! LOL

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