Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This is NOT a bird-watching blog...

for the birds

This is NOT a bird-watching blog...

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...it just seems that way because I haven't posted recently and the last post - bathing birds - has been up here a while.

As the birds and bees do what they do this time of the year, it's not unusual to find yourself unintentionally incurring the wrath of a mother goose nesting in the landscaping in or around some parking lot. Canada geese can get going with some serious honking if you get too close.

That's what I thought was happening when I looked up to see two geese perched on a strip mall roof in Cherry Hill, NJ like a couple of pigeons. They flew off just as I shot a few frames, and the dry cleaner workers inside said they hadn't noticed the big birds before.

I spent the day wondering what would explain their behavior after reading that just a few miles away (as the crow flies) in Audubon, a duck picked the landscaping near the drive-thru lane at a Chick-fil-A to lay her eggs. (Click here for the AP video). I'll have to go back and check in on the rooftop geese this week.

Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

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