We’re going to make your hearts soar and make you so chipper, you’ll be flying above your everyday problems. Our nature and animal-loving team here at Bored Panda has searched the wilds of the internet to bring you the very best, funniest, and featheriest bird memes that you’ll want to share with all of your pals.
As you’re scrolling down into this lovely aviary kingdom that we’ve created for you, give your fave birds a sweet boop on the beak with a good ol’ upvote. Let us know which memes you enjoyed the most. And if you’ve got a bird, birb, borb, or even a chonky blorb at home as a pet, let us know how that’s working out for you.
Something that I secretly dream about is making a meme or two that will go viral and take over the internet. Obviously, things are far easier if you’ve got a photogenic pet to work with. Say, a dashing-looking bird that’s bound to catch the attention of everyone scrolling through their social media feeds.
Then, you just need a few catchy words or phrases to round your meme out, and boom—you’ve got an instant meme sensation. But taking that perfect picture… now that’s a challenge.
We might love birds a lot, but looking at them on the screen and out in the wild is a vastly different experience. And photographing them is a whole other ball game entirely. I wanted to learn a bit about how we should behave when we find wild birds, so I reached out to the friendly team at ‘Help Wildlife,’ a British charity-run advice website. I also had a lovely chat about taking pictures of birds with professional pet photographer Karen Weiler who was kind enough to explain how to get the perfect shot.
A representative of the ‘Help Wildlife’ team told Bored Panda that it’s best to enjoy birds from a distance. “They offer a lot with their lovely looks and gorgeous songs so we can get a lot of pleasure from them without interacting directly,” they said. Read on for both interviews to get some spot-on advice about feeding wildlife, which bird species might be vulnerable, what we can all do to pitch in and help our local wild birds flourish, and how we can take the best possible photos of animals.
When it comes to making photos truly stand out, we ought to focus on the animal’s eyes. “The eyes—they truly are the windows into their souls. And we humans are instantly drawn to eyes looking back at us. Make sure there is light in the eyes—a ‘catchlight’—because it makes them look alive. Completely black eyes look dead,” photographer Karen explained.
Taking the photos isn’t the end of the project, however. Next, you have to add the finishing touches to them via photo-editing and post-production to truly make them yours. “Photographers have been developing their images for a long time now: First in the darkroom with chemical and paper, and now in a ‘digital darkroom’ using Photoshop and other software programs,” the professional photographer pointed out.
“If you choose to accept the image as it comes out of your camera, you are allowing the engineers behind Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Apple etc. to ‘edit’ your image based on their algorithms and colour science. It’s not that there is something inherently wrong with that choice, but I think that creatives get more satisfaction from crafting the image themselves.”
However, what does change depending on the species of animal is how Karen communicates with them. “Some animals are drawn to voice commands, others are attracted to movement, light, or noise. I’ll use whatever makes sense. Then there is the difference between companion animals (often referred to as pets) versus wild animals in their natural habitat,” the photographer shared with Bored Panda. When it comes to taking pictures of pets, it’s not only helpful that the owner gets involved, it’s also a lot of fun.
“Where an animal has a bond with a human or handler, I will encourage the person to get involved in the session because, put quite simply, the animal will respond to them. If the animal is wild, then it is a matter of studying the natural habits of these animals and anticipating their behavior to get the shot,” she said. Karen stressed the fact that photographers should never ever bait wild animals in order to encourage certain behaviors. It’s unethical.