Lottie Dottie Chicken, Owner: Warley Macedo, Boituva, São Paula, Brazil, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye taken at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Strange Birds

Strange Birds Take Flight in Albuquerque


Lottie Dottie Chicken, Owner: Warley Macedo, Boituva, São Paula, Brazil, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye taken at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, in blog post: Strange Birds Take Flight

Lottie Dottie Chicken, at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


Most likely, you realize these strange birds are full of hot air.

Literally.

That’s because these are hot air balloons. Note the basket holding the crew below.


Whooz'up, Owner: John Ware, Salt Lake City, UT, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye taken at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, in blog post: Strange Birds Take Flight

Whooz’up, at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


I took these photos while attending the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.


Owlbert Eyenstein, Owner: Gary Moore, Lake Havasu City, AZ, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye taken at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, in blog post: Strange Birds Take Flight

Owlbert Eyenstein, at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


These strange birds offer some benefits.

First, since they’re large, it’s relatively easy to see them without using binoculars.

Second, it’s easy to take photos of them because:

1) They move slowly. In fact, they often just float in front of you.

2) They’re tolerant of people. So they don’t fly away when someone approaches them

3) They keep their eyes open, which is important for a good photo.

Even Pegleg Pete, who has an eye patch, keeps his good eye open, as you can see in the photo below.


Pegleg Pete, Owner: Dave Reineke, Mahomet, IL, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye taken at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, in blog post: Strange Birds Take Flight

Pegleg Pete, at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


Better yet, each of these birds is uniquely strange, so it’s easy to identify them. You don’t need to bring a field guide to tell one from another.


Puddles, Owner: Andrew Holly, Thatcham, Berkshire, United Kingdom, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye taken at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, in blog post: Strange Birds Take Flight

Puddles, at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


There are still challenges, however, similar to taking photos of real birds.

These strange birds ignore directions. They refuse to pose. And they may miss an appointment by staying on the ground.

Learn more about this Balloon Fiesta at: www.balloonfiesta.com

See more photos of hot air balloons at: Hot Air Balloons

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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4 Comments
  • Susan
    Posted at 12:37h, 26 October

    You always give great advise and wisdom! Thank you for sharing

  • John Gerbutavicius
    Posted at 13:10h, 26 October

    Love the balloons. They must’ve been huge. Well done Steve.

  • marc nussbaum
    Posted at 13:48h, 26 October

    Very clever Steve. Love the balloons!

  • Stephanie Martin
    Posted at 16:22h, 26 October

    Awesome pictures of these rare birds, they look great.
    Thanks for sharing
    Stephanie

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