Birds finally understand how automatic doors work

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 26 May 2014

After an underground car park was converted into a bike centre at a British Columbia campus, there was worry that nesting swallows who used the space as their home wouldn’t be able to get in and out. After all, a pair of automatic doors were installed. And birds didn’t know how to use those doors, […]

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Honoring birds killed by skyscrapers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 17 January 2014

In her time volunteering with a birdwatching group dedicated to making Baltimore a safe city for migrating birds, artist Lynne Parks collected birds killed by skyscrapers and decided to photograph them to show the tragedy of the phenomenon. ‘I wanted to emphasize the individual… I want to honor them as well as inform about the […]

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Taxidermy birds with hairdos

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Friday 6 December 2013

I’m not sure how I feel about this, but it certainly deserves a second look. ‘Using mixed materials like plumage, hair, gold, and paint’, New Zealand artist Karley Fever creates ‘exotic creatures and nests with a strangely familiar and surreal aesthetic’. Surreal is right! Some of these birds have extraordinary hairdos such as ponytails, dreadlocks and braids.

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The stunning birds of papercraft plummage

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 16 October 2013

If you have low self-esteem because you were never really good at arts and crafts, look away now. Diana Beltran Herrera has been fascinated with birds since she was a child. Eventually, these animals inspired her to recreate their beautiful and elegant forms through her realistic sculptures. What she does is she first creates a […]

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Public bench with bird control: art by Nadia Kaabi-Linke

Roberto Voorbij Reader Find

By Roberto Voorbij in New Art on Saturday 18 May 2013

Anyone who thinks they can simply lie down briefly on a public bench is already being sabotaged: the benches are deliberately too short for this, or the public benches are being interrupted by ‘comfortable’ armrests. Into our obsession with control and security and what that can ultimately derail comes Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s impressive artwork, Parkverbot (looted art). It […]

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Starlings forming clouds of poetry in the sky

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Film on Wednesday 8 May 2013

So Neels Castillon was shooting a commercial with Mathias Touzeris in Marseille, France, when a massive flock of starlings turned up and started a mass aerial display. The technical term for the dance is ‘murmuration’, and Alt-J’s Hand-made makes a really good soundtrack for the birds’ ensemble performance.

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No bad hair day for these birds: photos by Rene Mesman

Joyce de Gruiter Reader Find

By Joyce de Gruiter in New Photography on Thursday 18 April 2013

Rene Mesman is a photographer based in Amsterdam with a perfect eye for detail. Besides interiors, advertisements, and a intriguing series of people in Kosovo, he also creates still life and a series of still life pictures with taxidermy. He gives birds a perfect hairdo and thereby a human appearance. Or is it, in fact, […]

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Real life prisma color pigeons

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Tuesday 2 April 2013

You won’t believe your eyes. These feathered guys are sporting gorgeous hues that are completely unnatural. Artist Julian Charriere created a pigeon painting machine to add a little extra color to daily life. Basically, she built a huge bird trap on a building which caught the pigeons, carried them on a conveyer belt, and air brushed […]

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Birds saying ‘shut up’ to other birds by Sijanto Sijanto

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Monday 25 February 2013

You don’t want to cross these feathered little guys. They’re real tough customers. Or at least, that’s the way things seem in these humorous photos by Indonesian photographer Sijanto Sijanto. These shots capture the perfect moment when the little birdies are at their angriest. If they could speak, we’d hear tiny chirps of “Hey Bro, […]

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Stuffed birds and cool lettering at Dutch Design Week

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Monday 25 February 2013

This clever design series presented during Dutch Design Week 2008 combines beautiful fonts and taxidermy birds. Surprisingly, these images brighten your mood with all the vibrant color. Somehow a stuffed dead body isn’t so creepy after all. The concept is playing off the fact that the words spell out noises that the birds made while […]

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Man feeds swans, starkly poetic picture goes viral. But what about the ducks?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 20 February 2013

Polish photographer Marcin Ryczek was in Krakow when he saw a guy feeding swans and ducks. The sheer beauty of the stark contrast between his dark figure against the snow-covered land, and between the white swans against the dark waters and er, dark ducks, has led to this picture surfacing everywhere on the Internet and […]

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The Advanced Corvid Training DVD: teach your crow how to play piano

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Video on Wednesday 13 February 2013

Have you ever wanted to teach your pet crow to play the piano but just didn’t know which training curriculum to buy? Well look no further! Daniel Walthers had the exact same dilemma when it came to training his pets Mac and Moe to tickle the ivories. And so he invented the Advanced Corvid Training […]

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Beautiful paintings of birds by Adam Doyle

The Flying Dutchman Reader Find

By The Flying Dutchman in New Art on Thursday 13 December 2012

Artist Adam S Doyle creates beautifully graphic images imbued with simple, rich texture, showing a kind of restraint that many illustrators can learn from. Being neither simplistic nor flashy, his bird paintings are a prime example of less being more, provided you know what you’re doing.

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Remarkable aerial shots of Iceland’s volcanoes

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Friday 26 October 2012

Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev has managed to capture some absolutely astonishing images of Iceland’s volcanoes with a bird’s eye perspective. Each shot is completely unique and looks like everything from magnified body parts to dragon scales. We suggest having a little game of ‘Dude that looks like …’ It’s even funner then playing with the clouds.

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The bird-brained musings of irate pigeons

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 28 September 2012

Sure, call us childish, but there’s something about pigeons that give us the giggles. They’ may look dumpy and loopy, but these winged bastards are also hardcore street survivors. We don’t think we’re alone in our fascination — the Feral Pigeon has over 42,000 followers on Twitter (sadly, there’s been a lack of, er, tweets, since June). Thankfully we’ve found Today’s Pigeon by Mike Immerman and Allison Bagg over at culture site Animal. Here, gritty snapshots of irate street pigeons come with the badly (and suitably) scribbled bird-brained musings they harbour in their pretty little heads.

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