Monday, December 15, 2008

Caption Contest

Monday, December 15, 2008
39 comments

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

39 comments:

On December 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM Steve Ingraham said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 11:09 AM Steve Ingraham said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 11:21 AM Bill of the Birds said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 11:51 AM Tom Bain said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 11:51 AM 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

On December 15, 2008 at 12:06 PM HANNIBAL said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 12:22 PM littleorangeguy said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM Left Handed Birder said...

The Tape Lovers Bird Club's first outing.

On December 15, 2008 at 1:42 PM 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!

On December 15, 2008 at 2:00 PM Ben Lizdas said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM Left Handed Birder said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 2:19 PM 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.

On December 15, 2008 at 2:31 PM Mike McDowell said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 2:34 PM Bill of the Birds said...

These are getting ossumer by the hour!

On December 15, 2008 at 3:02 PM rmharvey said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 3:25 PM 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.

On December 15, 2008 at 4:31 PM jdr said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 5:01 PM Radd Icenoggle said...

An unused scope, is a useless scope

On December 15, 2008 at 5:41 PM OpposableChums said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 7:25 PM NCmountainwoman said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 7:53 PM jomo said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 7:56 PM Beverly said...

Duct Tape as Footwear...

Show your colors!

On December 15, 2008 at 9:39 PM 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.

On December 15, 2008 at 9:45 PM Dubs said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 9:55 PM 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.

On December 15, 2008 at 10:20 PM Alan said...

This is so Prez Bush can see them coming!

On December 15, 2008 at 10:39 PM Patrick O'Donnell said...

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

On December 15, 2008 at 11:01 PM 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?

On December 15, 2008 at 11:06 PM ivars krafts said...

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

On December 16, 2008 at 9:11 AM 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!

On December 16, 2008 at 10:18 AM Anonymous said...

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

Jay

On December 16, 2008 at 10:18 AM Cassie said...

Hey everybody look at Bill riding the pig!

On December 16, 2008 at 1:08 PM 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."

On December 16, 2008 at 5:56 PM 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.

On December 16, 2008 at 6:03 PM 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!)

On December 16, 2008 at 9:39 PM 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

On December 17, 2008 at 1:24 PM Rondeau Ric said...

I just saw this and it may be past the deadline. Can I still play Bill?


... okay, every body that saw a life bird put an orange sticker on your foot, wave your hands above your head and go whooooohoo!

... some people will do anything BOTB tells them to do...

We are going to the Orange County so the we have to wear camouflage...

...and if your friends jumped off a cliff would you do that too?

You should have watched where you were walking. I told you tere was an orange ruff around here.


So we put left and right stickers on there shoes to speed things up in the morning.

Name tages for shy people who always look down.


... and here is the transparent king bird in his new plumage... aren't you going to look?


many more in my slightly off centre mind but I'm out of time.

On December 18, 2008 at 10:53 AM NCmountainwoman said...

You keep those shoes taped! There will be NO shoe-throwing if the President comes by, you hear?

On January 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM Anonymous said...

Stand still!! These brightly colored nesting materials should attract the ground feeding birds!


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