Bye bye Fred!

We all have a favourite model, Fred was mine.

I am going to miss him terribly. All the more so because I am responsible for his demise. It took only a couple of weeks to train him to pose wherever we put a worm or two. In fact he was often posing before I got the worms out of their box.

Soon he progressed to hand feeding:

Before we knew it he was coming into the kitchen for a chat with his tea-time treat. Having 3 cats we strongly discouraged this behaviour by keeping the garden door shut. (You know what's coming don't you?) His habit was to follow me round the garden whilst I worked, sweetly singing his encouragement.Then a couple of weeks ago I didn't notice that he was no longer singing until I went indoors and found devastation. I had forgotten to close the door behind me and he had presumably gone looking for the box of worms. My overfed, spoiled cats were in the dog house for a week but whichever one was responsible was just being a cat. I can only hope that his wife, (Ginger), was able to support her chicks without him. I think the moral of this sad tale must be to take very good care of your models.

Bye bye Fred

Photo credits: , Heathse.

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July 27, 2011


Nice shots!Nice bird!
It's a very touching story.

June 10, 2011


Beautiful story with beautiful images. :)

June 09, 2011


Sorry to hear about the say story of Fred.

June 08, 2011


Very sad story.

June 08, 2011


Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Watch out this winter for Fred's calendar. Who knows maybe it will include an offspring or two!

June 08, 2011


Sad story, but cats will be cats and there's nothing you can do against their predator nature. My cat regularly brings me unwanted presents such as lizards, and she's also killed a couple of birds. Not pleasant.

June 08, 2011


God speed Fred, at least you have the pics to keep his spirit alive!

June 08, 2011


That was touching.
Like some one said below, maybe his chick babies will his footsteps....

June 08, 2011


Beautiful story!!!

June 07, 2011


nice bird

June 07, 2011


Say it ain't so !!!!!! How sad. Maybe his chick babies will follow his footsteps in persuing a modeling career.

June 07, 2011


So sorry.... : (

June 07, 2011


Lovely story............. I must start digging worms. David.

June 07, 2011


Sorry for fred!

June 07, 2011


Sorry to hear that you lost your good looking model, but another will appear shortly after (hopefully).
Till he (or she) arrives and start posing in front of your camera ... BY BYE FRED !


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