indoor aviary 5

a snipe

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i don’t know whether this is meant to represent a species or is just something generic.  anyway it is a wading ave from the family Scolopacidae.  this ave has always inhabited australia, merely relocating from adelaide wetlands to the indoor aviary.  it brings into question whether i need to create a wetland for the indoor aviary.  could be tricky to sneak that past the mother of the flock during our nest renovations.  there has to be a way, it just might cost me big.  and i don’t mean dollars

the snipe is from karl ens, a porcelain manufacturer in business between 1860 and 1972 and today under another guise veb sitzendorfer porzellanmanufaktur. i don’t know if ens remains as a brand.  ens specialised in decorative figurines and amongst many lines created a prolific number of birds.  i have half a dozen or so pieces which will eventually feature in the indoor aviary.  a lot of pieces were created by ens two sons, karl and eduard, at the volkstedt, germany factory from 1919 to 1939.  apparently there are quite a number of porcelain manufactures in volkstedt and the state of thuringia.  after 1972 the business was nationalised by the old east germany, then sold and privatised in 1990, and continues today

image-14the blue windmill mark suggests the snipe was produced during the period after ww2 until today.  i don’t know the year.  a green mark of similar style would date a piece to be pre ww2

for such a popular manufacturer, there seems surprisingly little information on ens.  there is a remarkable variety of price and quality for ens pieces.

anyway, the snipe is a quite forager, secretive and reclusive.  it is content to let others take the spot light in the indoor aviary.  it has a slightly surprised look in its eyes, probably can’t believe the antics of some of the exotic species.  you don’t have to be noisy to be noticed and special

when i feature another member of the indoor aviary you will find it here