Monday, December 15, 2008

Caption Contest


I am inviting all Bill of the Birds readers to write a funny caption for this photograph. I took this image in November on a birding field trip to The King Ranch in southern Texas.

Please submit your entry via the Comments posting option below. I will select a winner on Friday, December 19, 2008. Employees of BWD and members of my immediate family are only eligible if they submit their captions in person, written in Sharpie on the back of a $50 bill.

The winner will get a free one-year subscription to Bird Watcher's Digest (that's a $20 value!) for themselves, or to use as a gift for a fellow birder. Comments by Anonymous will have a hard time collecting the prize.

Good luck!

BOTB

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41 Comments:

At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Steve Ingraham said...

Well, you see there was this sale on orange socks...

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Steve Ingraham said...

And this is where we saw the Flame-colored Tanager last week...

 
At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

Steve Ingraham! Out of the blocks at full speed. He's gonna be tough to beat!

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous possumlady said...

Little did the rest of the birders know that hiding amongst them in plain sight was a flock of rare orange-footed boobys

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Tom Bain said...

Birds of a feather flock together: The Texas Oriole Dancers gather to weave their magic.

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous HANNIBAL said...

The next generation of Crocs worn at an experimental test site.

 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous littleorangeguy said...

Too bad no one told Bill that orange is the new black.

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Left Handed Birder said...

The Tape Lovers Bird Club's first outing.

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous dAwN said...

Ivory billed woodpecker to brightly footed people ...."You certainly wont find me now....you new breed of birders are extremely scary! I'm outta here!

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Ben Lizdas said...

"Hey, now that Bill's gone, can we get some orange tape over here on this scope?"

 
At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Left Handed Birder said...

If you wanna be really Special Birders, you do it like this..

 
At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Ryan O'Donnell said...

Judy crossed her arms in a feeble attempt to obscure her modest dress; no one had told her this party had an 80's theme.

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Mike McDowell said...

You can separate the juveniles from the adults by their orange feet.

 
At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

These are getting ossumer by the hour!

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous rmharvey said...

When the Hummingbird Study Group reached the topic [I]Dorsal Viewing[/I] they had to innovate.

 
At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Seabrooke said...

They had been told that applying fluorescent tape to their shoes would encourage The Thing to keep its distance, but they still stood well back and watched nervously while it meandered by.

 
At 4:31 PM, Anonymous jdr said...

Billy Thompson swore the neon post it notes would help us attract our life bird

 
At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Radd Icenoggle said...

An unused scope, is a useless scope

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous OpposableChums said...

But the Star-bellied Sneetches had stars upon thars...

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous NCmountainwoman said...

Arms crossed. Hands in your pockets. Listen folks, someone HAS to step up to the scope sooner or later.

 
At 7:53 PM, Anonymous jomo said...

After being banded, weighed and measured, specimens are fitted with coloured tags to aid researchers in identifying individuals in the field.

 
At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Beverly said...

Duct Tape as Footwear...

Show your colors!

 
At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

These captions are fantastic. I'm in that photo but somehow forgot just how... unfashionable we all looked. Thanks a lot, Bill!

Here's another one to toss on the heap:

This year in birding couture, eye-searing orange is the new khaki.

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Dubs said...

The neon footed dorks... er, storks put on a courtship display.

 
At 9:55 PM, Anonymous grant mccreary said...

Anyone birding King Ranch knows that in order to see the fabled Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, one has to take part in an ancient and special tradition.

 
At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Alan said...

This is so Prez Bush can see them coming!

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Patrick O'Donnell said...

Although I can't seem to find a Tropical Parula, I have no problem attracting crossing guards for snakes!

 
At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Alan said...

Here are a couple more:

Well, at least it takes the focus off the smell...


Why should bowlers be the only ones with cool shoes?

 
At 11:06 PM, Anonymous ivars krafts said...

Is this what is known as mocking-a-bird?

 
At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

Wow! Some of these are hilarious. Others, well, some of you need to seek help...

Choosing a winner (to be announced on Friday morning 12/19) is going to be mighty difficult. I'll accept entries until 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday 12/17).

Thanks for playing!

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Cassie said...

Hey everybody look at Bill riding the pig!

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not uncommon to see other species mixed in with the orange footed birdwatcher.

Jay

 
At 1:08 PM, Anonymous danielle said...

"As you can see in this picture, the Greater common birder bears many distinguishing characteristics. Contrary to typical belief, the brightly colored feet are not necessarily indicators of gender. Some in this group display the typical ornamentation around their necks which allow them to identify specific individuals of the flock. But the most common identifier of the Greater common birder is seen in the number of contraptions they drag around to aid their notoriously poor eyesight."

 
At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

When that Blue-throated hummingbird spots my ruby red shoes and flies up my bloomers, I am SO going to become the life of this par-tay.

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous kevbosnafu said...

"When that Blue-throated hummingbird spots my ruby red shoes and flies up my bloomers, I am SO going to become the life of this par-tay."

(resubmitting under correct account...oops!)

 
At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

There's NO WAY I can top these. I'm laughing out loud all the way through...

I'll be back on the 19th to congratulate the lucky winner :o)

Mary

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

Similar to "Where's Waldo?", this game is called "Where's Mike from 10,000 Birds?"

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

I had trouble posting but I'll recreate as well as I can, just remember that was 24 hours ago!


That's a damn big alligator!


.... so for a life bird we put tags on our shoes and wave our hands over our heads and go woooohooo.

... so we put right and left tags on their shoes to speed things up in the morning.


Yah, the snakes hate orange.


I told you to watch out where you walk, we're in Orange County.

Name tags for really shy people.


Rondeau - colour blind- Ric" What orange tags?"


"You use the scope."
"No way, you go first!"
"No, I insist."

Do you think that hurts?


Tell BOTB to do it, he'll try anything.

.... and so ends the tragic birding experience of Peter Murphy.

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger bill said...

Now I'll show you how this new-fangled urinal works.....

 
At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we HAVE to wait for Miss Jane Hathway

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

Anonymous that is flat out funny! you should have posted your name.

 

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