A macaw rescued by The Wilson Parrot Foundation in Damascus, Maryland.
Brian Wilson, President of The Wilson Parrot Foundation, and friends.
A volunteer powerwashes the floor of Brian Wilson's house where the rescued birds flutter freely.
Brian Wilson with the stuffed remains of TIki, his beloved bird who died in the car crash that critically injured him.
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I traveled to Damascus to shoot a story about Brian Wilson's Parrot Foundation. Not only is this Mr. Wilson not in the Beach Boys but this Damascus is not in Syria.
The rescued bird's flutter freely in Wilson's Maryland house which requires a daily powerwash to keep the guano at bay. Brian Wilson is a retired firefighter who was critically injured in a car wreck that killed his beloved bird Tiki. Today a stuffed version of Tiki still brings tears to Wilson's eyes.
Shooting closeups of the birds was a challenge as they don't appreciate the G-10 the way the rest of us Knights do. At times one was gnawing my shoe, while another chomped on my camera strap and another tried to make a deposit on my head.
Hope is a thing with feathers.
Photo by Lisa Nichols