Getting off to a cracking start in 2013 with this new creation in the ‘Thinking Inside the Box’ series.

Bird Cage Walking

The Gastrapoda Phoenix lays it’s single egg inside a cage just before it bursts into flames at which point the chick emerges almost immediately. After several weeks the chick’s legs are long enough for it to be able to trot round in search of food. Many people think that this bird is protecting itself from cats, when on land, or sharks, when having a little paddle, with the cunning use of a cage. However I believe the use of the cage is there to catch the egg. It’s well known that this bird cannot fold it’s legs to sit down properly.

Heat source - Bird

This very rare infrared photograph of a Gastrapoda Phoenix was taken just before it completed it’s life cycle. The body has cooled right down, as you can clearly see. The egg is just about to be born and mummy is but a few short moments from extinction. Obviously the cage acts as a spark guard at this stage.


  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    OMG. PHOENIXes (sp?) actually exist!

    daddyp replied:

    There are several exploding in my brain right at this minute!!!!!

  2. Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    faraday cage. keeps out electromagnetic radiation, cell phone signals and alien thought probes…

    daddyp replied:

    Indeed. I have one concealed in my cardboard box … mainly to protect human beings. Such fun!

  3. Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    If you keep a bucket of water handy, you might be able to save mother AND child. #itsnotrocketsciencesheesh

    daddyp replied:

    The egg could drown. That’s a very risky strategy.

  4. Posted January 13, 2013 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Your creative mind fascinates me.

    daddyp replied:

    Same here. I find it a tad confusing and often wonder if it’s a complete waste of time. A love /hate relationship really. Cutting the grass or doing some grouting is just as satisfying.

    healingmagichands replied:

    I have grass that needs cutting all summer….. I hear what you are saying. Creativity is mystifying and demanding and quite often people don’t get it and then it is impossible to explain what you were thinking/feeling. Cutting grass, weeding the garden, grouting: all very straightforward activities that when you are done have given you a visible manifestation of the ability to control our environment in a way other people totally get.

    This problem may explain why van Gogh cut his ear off and Smetana wound up in an insane asylum.

    I hope this serious note does not interrupt the usual fun that goes on here…
    Posted under the risk of becoming way too serious on a usually frivolous place.

    daddyp replied:

    Very well put. I like serious as well as serious frivolity …

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