Weekly Photo Challenge – Escape

By: Vicky

May 19 2013

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Category: Escape, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge


Focal Length:3.85mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:iPhone 4

You’re probably wondering what a rescue has to do with this weeks photo challenge ‘Escape’

But after reading about The curious tale of Benjamin Bulbul on ‘It’s all downhill from here’, it got me thinking about a little chaffinch I rescued a few years ago.

I’m not that knowledgeable on birds, so I’ve no idea whether it is a he or a she, so, unlike Benjamin, mine never got named.

Before the days of my free bus pass, I used to drive into the town, usually parking in one of the multi storey car parks.

On this occasion, arms full with shopping bags, I’d set off down the stairwell of the car park to the level I was parked. Halfway down I noticed what I though was a child’s toy on the bottom step but getting closer, this ‘toy’ suddenly started to flap around.

I had no idea how long it had been in the stairwell, but it was obvious the poor little thing was exhausted. It was trying to fly, but didn’t have the strength to take off, so just kept hopping around with its wings spread out.

All the doors in the stairwell leading to the different parking levels, are heavy and self closing, so I’m guessing it had flown in as someone had walked through, and become trapped, with no means of escaping, except through a door.

I dumped my shopping on the floor, and scooped up the little bird into my hand, it gave no resistance.

I held it close to my chest with one hand, and gathering all my bags in my other, walked through the door. I expected it to struggle as soon as it felt the fresh air, but it didn’t.

I didn’t want to leave it on the wall near where my motor was parked, as there was a forty foot drop to the road below. So I walked to the far end of the car park where there was less of a drop, and also some trees it could hopefully fly into.

I opened my hand, expecting it to fly off, but it just sat there. I moved my hand to the railings, and guiding its feet onto the them managed to get it off my hand, but in seconds it had jumped back to me.

A second attempt, and it stayed on the railings, allowing me to take this photo with my phone.

I stood and watched it for possibly another two or three minutes, until, with a flap off it wings it took off.

Walking back to my motor, I felt pleased with myself, that I’d helped the little one escape to freedom.

6 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Escape”

  1. Great resecue/escape story, and also link to Andrew’s post. Your rescue bird is a cutie 🙂 Lovely of him you let you take a pic.

  2. enjoyed this – what a wonderful story.

  3. Aww that’s lovely Vicky. We used to get tiny birds flying in through the small windows of our conservatory (childhood one, we’ve never had one, and I spent most of my time running around trying to catch them to let them out because they started to panic and hit themselves against the glass.

    S/he is a very pretty bird. Finch?

    • Folk have said it was probably in shock, and the warmth of my hand may have helped.
      We often get birds hit our windows, some I’ve managed to save, but it’s so upsetting when they don’t survive.

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