Egyptian Goose (gosling) ~ Nilgans (Dunenküken) ~ Alopochen aegyptiacus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

“Why do birds suddenly appear?” ~ The Carpenters

Spent a fantastic afternoon with big city birds - pigeons, geese, ducks and a crow. The nine Egyptian Goose goslings, only a few days old and extremely early heralds of spring, were especially delightful to watch. Just look at their pretty grey-brown eyes that will change to a bright orange when they have reached adulthood. I spotted them and their parents wandering around a small lake in the city in the middle of the night and came back the next day (a sunny day, hehe) for a photo shoot. :-)


And then after lunch, there was this beautiful Egyptian goose gently pecking its reflection in a store window. I went to take a picture, and it noticed and strolled right up to me within petting distance to see if I was handing out snacks. There’s a mated pair in the park by my house but they’ve never let me get that close! Then it carefully walked down the steps and continued on.

What a gorgeous dinosaur!

A painted breadcrumb

So as some of you know, I’ve been asking for a subtextual clue (because a textual one would be a) too much and b) impossible to find before S4? TAB?) of Mycroft’s knowledge/frankly nonsensical inaction about “Mary Morstan/AGRA” past activities. Or a symbol, a subtextual breadcrumb left for us to rely on something “tangible (i.e. left for the writers for us to see) besides logic.

So I think I found it. The breadcrumb. The subtextual proof.

Okay… If you say so?

Ehm, what are we looking at?

This painting is called “Peacocks”. Made by Melchior  d'Hondecoeter. This dutch guy lived in the XVIIth century. Quoting the wikipedia page on his work,  “he painted virtually exclusively bird subjects, usually exotic or game, in park-like landscapes. Hondecoeter’s paintings featured geese (brent goose, Egyptian brent and red-breasted brent), fieldfares, partridges, pigeons, ducks, magpies and peacocks, but also African grey crowned cranes, Asian sarus cranes, Indonesian yellow-crested cockatoos, an Indonesian purple-naped lory and grey-headed lovebirds from Madagascar.”

What do we have on that painting? Peacocks, obviously. The African grey crowned crane (the big white bird with the red head). A squirrel. A turkey. Also a spider monkey. And what is that, flying free? A MAGPIE.

Please notice the birds he almost exclusively painted. This guy knew his market. He knew where the money was, so he mastered his themes catering to his clients’ taste. His repertoire was limited. If you see a bird flying on a Melchior painting, chances are that is a magpie you’re seeing.

And pray tell, what on earth has that painting to do with the show? Well, since you’re asking…

That painting is hanging on the walls of Mycroft’s house. 

Mycroft has a painting of a magpie mastering the skies.

Shown on the same episode “Mary Morstan” marries John Watson, breaks Sherlock’s heart metaphorically, while Mycroft, knowing who she is (ok, who she definetely isn’t, for sure) does nothing to stop her/tells anyone the truth.

Mycroft is shown running while going nowhere. Watched by a magpie.

Is that the same painting? It is.

If you read my last meta M for mutant (and let’s face it, even if you didn’t), you know magpies are a symbol for the villain “Mary Morstan”. So there it is. The breadcrumb I was referring to. An arrow to the link (or the lack of). 

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Here is my last minute contribution to the Top 5 Gray Card Extravaganza 2014:

1) Egyptian Goose (goslings)

2) Lorikeet

3) Feral Pigeon

4) European Robin (juvenile)

5) Mandarin Ducks

“In rescuing (and photographing) birds, I lost my mind but found my soul.” :-)

Thank you for following BIRDSONLY! Happy New Year! <3

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Egyptian Goose (gosling) ~ Nilgans (Dunenküken) ~ Alopochen aegyptiacus

So much fuzziness. :-) I actually wanted to go back but feared that not all of the 9 goslings might have survived … I hope they did, though. They must be huge by now. :-)

2014 © Jesse Alveo