that dark feather
lies lightly on the path
lifts to the searching wind
seeks again the soaring magic
of sky and hill
© Maureen Sudlow
We have just returned from Australia today, and so much to do… However, I couldn’t resist sharing these photos of the wonderful splendid fairywren (Malurus splendens) which is my favourite Australian bird. The little bright blue bird is a male in breeding plumage. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour, and this makes it difficult to be sure which are the females. I did get one photo of that grey-brown plumage, unfortunately not a good one, but it does show the difference…
This is an extremely darting little bird, rather like our fantails, so I feel lucky to have managed these shots.
Tried to capture some Tui shots down at Virginia Lake today, but they proved as elusive as usual, plus I still cannot walk very far. But I loved the peeling bark and beautiful shapes of the eucalyptus with little glimpses of glossy feathers in between.
TUIS (with apologies to Joyce Kilmer ‘Trees’)
I think that I shall never see
a Tui clearly in a tree….
a tree with bark so loosely pressed
that hides a secret feather-dressed
a bird with plumage blue and green
with sculpted branches in between
poems are made by fools like me
but only Tuis hide in trees
© Maureen Sudlow
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