Travel influencers can be pretty notorious for doing strange or even dangerous things in order to get a good picture, like hanging out of a moving train or faking photos in order to curate their online presence.
Near Tha Pae Gate, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, there’s actually a person with a real “job” to help make those birds flutter around for your ‘Gram.
According to Metro, Tha Pae Gate is well-known for its flocks of pigeon hanging out on the sidewalks nearby. Most of the time, however, they’re not terribly active and don’t fly around people’s heads like they seem to on social media.
Travelers who flock to a popular tourist hotspot in Thailand pay the ‘bird woman’ to scare pigeons so they can make the perfect photo for Instagram.
The medieval Tha Pae gate of Chiang Mai serves as a geographical boundary between the old and new city center, but the main attraction for visitors is the hundreds of pigeons on the doorstep.
If you search the location on Instagram, you’ll get lots of photos of people standing against the red brick wall with birds fluttering around them in a haze of gray.
But those birds are a product of 30-year-old Noon and her white flag, which she waves for $ 1 tips to force the birds to fly for the photo shoot.
The medieval Tha Pae gate of Chiang Mai serves as a geographical border between the old and new city center, but the main attraction for visitors is the hundreds of pigeons on the doorstep
Twitter user @Siravariety shared a short film clip of Noon in action and said: ‘Because people want beautiful photos, a new job has been created at Tha Phae Gate’
Noon collects between $ 1 and $ 1.50 for every photo she brings to life, with Chinese tourists as her main source of income. By earning about $ 16 a day, the extra money helps to pay for her daughter’s education.