Balinese scarecrows

Birds become a pest as rice fields begin to ripen. Scarecrows of all sorts of inventive designs are used in an attempt to keep them at bay.

A paper mashie face, some real human hair and what looks like a soccer shirt, all mounted on a bamboo frame, is enough to give any Western tourist a heart attack if strolling through unlit paddy fields at night.

The scarecrow at the left made from coarse woven fibre seems to be wearing pantaloons and a hat reminiscent of those worn by Dutch soldiers a century ago - perhaps the scariest thing its makers could think of. (The story of the Balinese resistance to Dutch colonization is an extraordinary one). This scarecrow was tied to the end of a long bamboo pole and in a stiff breeze twirled wildly about the field.

or a face in the fields