Australian birdlife

in celebration of international Poets Day + Harmony Day I felt ‘birds’ should grace that slot … my poem is littered with my own favourite shots of birds, some you’ve seen before. And I’ve added a very short jaunty preening session by a couple of ducks that does look choreographed.

birds awesomely inspire 


they glide and soar on high
or hover before that swift dive
majestic grandeur in our sky
masters of precision flight


they twitter and sing
abundant colours and sizes
make our hearts ring
such beauty in motion

bee eaters

mesmerizing for hours
flit to snatch an insect
sip nectar from flowers
raptors on high alert

stone curlew

enchanted by their song
chicks scratch about
swift running for those with legs long
some eat from our hand

they bring delightful joy
making us feel grand

emu at the sanctuary
barn owl

black swan
osprey nesting


  1. Lovely poem… Birds do indeed SING out their JOY as they bring their Songs and beauty to uplift us… Loved all of your photo’s Kate… And the Ducks preening.. Loved the music accompanying them too.. 🙂
    Sending LOVE and Hugs for your coming weekend ❤ xx ❤

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  2. Wow! Such a delightful post, Kate! I used to visit Butterfly World when I lived nearby. This post reminded me of their “Lorakeet Encounter.” It was so much fun to enter the aviary and feed the birds. They would land all over you if you had some “nectar” in your hand!

    Your osprey looks very much like the ones we have in Florida. The nesting platform also looks similar to the ones around here! Your terns also look like ours. Most of the others are so different from anything we have in the US. So very lovely and fascinating!

    Thank you for posting photos and poems about all of these gorgeous birds! ❤

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    • really appreciate your very generous comments, thanks so much Cheryl … I hear those terns fly around our world according to seasons 🙂 Imagine we could even be seeing the ‘same’ terns, not just look alikes!

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  3. Great bird photos. I’ve noticed that people are looking at their feet more and more, so they don’t pay attention to what’s flying in the air. I’m glad you appreciate their beauty.
    I send my regards

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  4. Enjoyed viewing the pictures. You are awesome with Photography. The different types of beaks look stunning.
    They are naughty and super chirpy at times which makes me feel like they are complaining. I love feeding and talking to them. Fills me up with great energy to live through the day.
    Thank you for this beautiful, hearty share. Have a blissful day!

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    • thanks for such a delightful comment Kritika, the birds on the river out front do that super chirpy thing ALL night and I love it! I just think they are catching up on gossip 🙂


  5. I love birds and bird-watching AND learning from them! 🙂 They do bring the joy and smiles! 🙂
    YAY for being inspired by such beautiful, unique birds and writing poetry in praise of them, SweetKate! 🙂
    Looks like the terns are turning to face each other and have a conversation. 🙂
    I loves the lorikeet! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…I always watch your wonderful videos here on your site…but today I had time to go watch them on your YouTube and leave some likes! 👍

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    • ooh I have quite a few shots but none as commanding as the first time I saw a group frozen in time. They stand, sit, walk and freeze – I honestly thought they were statues and wondered why someone had collected so many … then that sly eye shifted!


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