30 October 2011

Monkeys. With feathers.

(apologies in advance for the somewhat crappy photos. There's something wrong with my camera. Something horrible. That makes every picture I take come out pixelated, grainy and unpretty. I did what I could... But this seems beyond my expertise. (I probably messed with some settings or something... Knowing me, I fiddled with a button and now I can't get it to be as before...) )

Who let the birds out? We, we, we, we, we! They've been enjoying some time out of the cage in the living room and oh boy, are they having fun with it! Their favourite spot seems to be in the chains of our dining table lamp, but the bar between the lamps is not a bad spot to sit either. They're slowly but surely coming closer to us as well. Where they would fly off towards the highest point in the room they could find before, they now happily hop around on the table, even with us sitting right next to it, and even enjoyed a bit of dipping their beaks in a bowl of water not 30 cm. from where I was sitting! Not bathing, yet. Though it was close.

We're trying to teach them to step up, hence the big stick in the picture they're eyeballing there, which will allow us to train them better and eventually might even get them hand-tame (fingers crossed), and so far they think it's a great game to fly up on the stick, allow us to cart them around for a little while, and fly off again. Last week, they totally got into it and would jump on my stick from long distances, flying to it from the cage when I was on the other side of the room, getting really close to my hand... (this picture is from last week, by the way. As you can see, Anzu enjoyed a bit of bathing, and hadn't dried up completely yet. His tummy is all wet..)

Tomorrow, they'll get to enjoy some more time out of the cage. Who knows, maybe they'll get even closer to us then! Or won't, and eat the curtains. Or the table. Who knows what kind of monkey business they'll get into?

I mean...

With a face like this, you know you can expect anything.


  1. They are so pretty!

    As for the camera, look in your manual and see if you can adjust the ISO setting to a lower number. That should fix it.

  2. I did fiddle with the ISO settings... But only after I noticed the pixelation and graininess. You make a good point about that thing... eh.. lots of paper, comes with the product, has words on it, gets thrown out on the first day... manual! It hadn't even occured to me that there might be something useful in there :P

  3. Grain or "noise" is normal in an photograph. We are not used to this anymore. As from the past we bought film with that little extra grain which would make the picture more than just flat. Today (and due to the semi pro canon lovers - who think that iso 3200 still should give flat, soft no noise images) this view is complety distorted. So the images for a first day of manual shooting, came out perfect! And I like them a lot! Keep on learning with your camera!

  4. Can you find a button in your camera to 'restore factory defaults'? Thats what I did when I fiddled and messed with the settings in my old camera..