View Full Version : The Mandobird!

Mario Proulx
May-01-2009, 6:28pm
I shot this a few minutes ago. Just had to share, here. Also sized one at 1280x1024 as my desktop photo, and you can get it here: http://www.proulxguitars.com/clients/2009_desktop_images/mandobird.jpg

May-01-2009, 6:47pm
Well, obviously your playing draws a wide audience. When I pick up my guitar, the cats usually run away.

May-01-2009, 6:54pm
That's a cool pic!! Reminds me of a certain Jaybirds cover.....

Charles E.
May-01-2009, 7:23pm
Reminds me of a Mel Gibson movie " Bird on a wire". ;)

Ray Neuman
May-01-2009, 9:00pm
Excellent pic! I have a pair of morning doves that sit on my window sill when I play the fiddle. They haven't warmed up to the loaner mandolin yet. I am hoping, as my fiddle days are closing soon.

May-01-2009, 9:08pm
good pic

Mario Proulx
May-01-2009, 9:32pm
Some different angles... I'd rather have had him on the headstock or neck, but, this was pretty cool anyhow.

May-01-2009, 9:55pm
How did you get that bird to let you stain it in colors to complement that lovely mandolin so well?


May-02-2009, 9:38am
He did in Photo Shop ;-)

Len B.

May-02-2009, 10:39am
That bird must have been there a good long while to peck such a large hole in the side of your mandolin. At least his symmetry is good.

May-02-2009, 10:52am
So, you know what the acid in their excrement does to automobile paint, right :))

Cool pic...hope that no mandolins were harmed in the making of that picture!!

Mario Proulx
May-02-2009, 11:47am
That is not a Photoshop job, please and thank you. The sparrow had bumped into a large window, and was dazed; I put down the mandolin, picked him off the ground so the neighborhood cats wouldn't get to him while he got his senses back, and placed him on the mandolin I laid down on the deck, so he could grab onto the strings to balance himself. he remained there a good 10-15 minutes, then flew off. And no, he was kind enough not to sh*t on the pickguard <bg>

Photoshop my a$$....

Charles E.
May-02-2009, 12:01pm
Mario, I love the built in strap and grommet! Is it the same in the tailblock?

May-02-2009, 12:01pm
He used a wink so I figure he was kidding you

Charles E.
May-02-2009, 12:08pm
According to my copy of the Sibley book that is a White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis.

May-02-2009, 1:09pm
Nice Whitethroat. They're coming through here now too, along with their buddies, the Juncos.

Mario Proulx
May-02-2009, 1:27pm
I didn't "catch" the wink, sorry if I jumped a little. Yes, white throated sparrow it is! I have a feeder on the windowsill of my shop, and there's a whole bunch of these fellas hanging around, along with chickadees galore.

The strap attaches at the tail end with a regular strap button; my tailpiece cover is off right now, as I'm making up a new one.

May-02-2009, 1:50pm
How'd you get strap button on the sparrow?


Ken Olmstead
May-02-2009, 2:06pm
Very fun picture for sure! Thanks!

May-02-2009, 3:05pm
As long as it picks rather than pecks, no harm, no fowl ... ~:> ... :grin: ... :whistling:

May-02-2009, 8:57pm

I was going to ask you where you got the really cool mandolin, but then I figured out the picture url. Very nice instruments!

Oh, and the bird is fun, too.


jeff mercer
May-03-2009, 6:37pm
Proof right there that Mandolins are "chick" magnets.