Tallin, Estonia – August 2008
The Pirita district in Tallin is home to a curious endemic species. These flamboyant creatures can be found sunning themselves in the sandy depressions amid the tall beach grass. Far past the age of bearing young, they nonetheless remain fiercely territorial. They communicate with each other using shrill squawks or ill-tempered clucks. Every so often they will stand up and survey the surrounding area for threats. They brandish their long, multi-colored talons and regard passersby with a baleful stare. Potential observers are cautioned to keep a safe distance, and all photographs should be clandestine.