Friday, 20 September 2013

A Pious Predator

    A bird watcher is a kind of pious predator. To see a new bird is to capture it, mataphorically, and a rare bird is a kind of trophy. A list of birds seen on a given day is also a form of prayer, a thanksgiving for being alive at a certain time and place. Posting that list online is a 21st century form of votive offering. It's unclear what deity presides.

From the New York Times. April 2013

1 comment:

  1. I think you've really hit a nerve. Birding can be a religious experience. A sure way to connect with the natural world.