Caption this . . .

I will be putting up a poll of the captions entered on Saturday 15 October. So you have a whole week to get creative!
Last week’s winner is: Lisa from Woman Wielding Words – see her caption here.

When you spend time watching animals and birds in the bush, you often see them in amusing situations or poses.  It always makes me wonder what they’re thinking. It’s so easy to ascribe human emotions to them. So I thought I’d give you all a chance to think up captions for some of the funnier photographs we have taken. The winner (which I’ll pick) unfortunately will not be getting a big prize, just have the honour of being named the winner! If you can think of a good one (or several), please leave a comment.

The NEW Rules:

(1) You may only enter one caption – if you think of several during the week, then indicate which one you want to enter by Saturday.

(2) On Saturday I’ll create a poll so that readers can vote for their favourite. You only get one vote – use it wisely! You can (theoretically) vote for yourself, but please only do so if you are convinced yours is the best caption.

(3) Since, you the reader chooses the winner, anyone may enter (including me and Willie! :-) ). Hey, it’s my blog!

If you need any guidelines for writing a caption read Writing a good humour caption.

The setting: A stretch of road in the Northern Cape (South Africa). On either side of the road is a telephone pole with a Sociable Weaver nest (each housing many birds) on it, and stretched in-between the two poles/nests is a telephone wire. A little bird sits perched on the wire.


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31 Comments on “Caption this . . .”

  1. October 8, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Oh joy! I can enter again!!! 🙂

    Here are some early thoughts.

    “Yeah, sure – I just love playing messenger!”


    “Sometimes, it sucks being the middleman . . .er bird!”

  2. October 8, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    – It IS possible to get lost in broad daylight.

    – Behold, the Anti Sociable Weaver

    – Lost: the longest distance between two points.

    • October 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      LOL These three are great!

    • October 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

      Uhm, okay I had to eeny-meeny-miny-mo my entry.

      Let’s go with:
      Behold, the Anti Sociable Weaver

  3. October 8, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I am SO LOVING this series Lisa! Those nests are unbelievable!

  4. October 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    That picture reminds me of a short animated movie by Pixar about birds sitting on a wire.

    • October 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

      Don’t think I ever saw that. Wonder if it’s available online?

  5. October 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Are you all telephone poles or cell phone towers?

  6. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
    October 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Oh, wow! Thank you, thank you. I’m glad you fixed my typo. I know I can’t be considered for the next two weeks, but I might try to be creative anyway. It’s good practice.

  7. October 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Gosh, Clouded Marbles’ comments are hysterical. I wonder if you might not take this series a step further by allowing readers to vote on their favorite caption. I think that would be fun, too. Again, a great series, Lisa!

    • October 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Actually Kathy I was considering doing just that! I find it extremely difficult to choose a winning caption.

  8. October 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    “When it rains, at least I’ll know where to go.”

  9. October 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    “This can’t be what they meant when they said I should tap the wire!”

  10. October 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    “And from these humble beginnings, Albert the Adventurous Weaver Bird launched his career as a high-wire trapeze artist in a travelling circus …”

    • October 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

      LOL Very funny!

      • October 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

        Giggle… – thanks, Lisa. I’ve been pondering these captions in my subconscious for a while. Incubating them, I think is what it’s called?

      • October 14, 2011 at 7:55 am #

        Hi Lisa – I’ll go for this one as my entry. 🙂

  11. October 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    “One nervous hop, and one sideways shuffle at a time, Shy Lionel – pretending to inspect the local telephone connection – inched towards the residence of his Beloved Lucy on the other side of the road.”

  12. October 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    “After months of struggling to hear each other on the telephone because of the constant chirruping and squawking on the line, the residents of two neighbouring Karoo dorpies demanded that a Telkom technician be sent out to investigate.

    This is what he found.”

  13. October 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    ‘Come on guys, let me in. I promise not to pass gas inside anymore.’

  14. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
    October 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    “Alone . . . so alone. And I even fixed up the guest bedrooms. Sigh.”

    • October 13, 2011 at 6:06 am #

      LOL Thanks for leaving a caption! After seeing this week’s captions I’m SO glad that I don’t have to pick one!

  15. October 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    This Line Dancing is a lot harder than I thought.

  16. Lu
    October 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    “No-one had the guts to tell Carl that he was taking the “cutting all lines of communication” a little too seriously…”

    • October 13, 2011 at 6:08 am #

      Nice one! Everyone is getting so creative with this one – I thought it would be a more difficult one to do.

      • Lu
        October 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

        I’ll admit – this one has taken a little more time for me.. and I got so side-tracked by Reggie”s “Albert the adventurous” high-wire one, I couldn’t think up anything different for ages!


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