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The Australian Brown Goshawk

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LindsayP
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     THE AUSTRALIAN BROWN GOSHAWK

Iíve heard folks discuss the birds of prey,
Iíve listened interested to their talk,
But few realize the cunning way
That prey is stalked by the brown goshawk

He sits motionless by a rippling brook
Surveying all with beady eye,
Not a thing escapes that murderous look,
Whether on ground or in the sky.

When dawn breaks oíer the hills and plain,
His hunger pangs are taut,
And not until some foe is slain,
That a quiet shady place is sort.

The day starts bright as the skylark sings,
Then comes the alarm call of a plover,
Panic comes to a thousand wings
As the sparrows dive for cover.

Then silience reigns for minutes few
Till all seems clear once more,
Then terror strikes with force anew
And for one thereís death in store.

When his hungerís been appeased,
His character seems to change,
He floats aloft on a tranquil breeze,
Or soars loftily over the range.

Throughout the day heís seldom seen,
Unless disturbed from roosting perch,
And amongst his prey itís all serene,
Until hunger starts the evening search.

Now once again heís on the prowl
And some prey will have to die,
It could be a parakeet or waterfowl
Or a homing pigeon hurrying by.

When the time to strike is right,
He very seldom strikes in vain,
A sparrow will see him through the night
Until itís time to strike again.

Lindsay


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Lindsay,

This reminds me of the Osprey that I watched last summer and grew to love.  I hope that they return this spring and maybe I can see one of them pull a fish from the river.  

Thank you for this slice of your world.

Happy New Year - oh and the sledding poem is for you - I wanted to end the year on a positive note.  You made me think.

Love,
Alison
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hello lindsay, this is a wonderful look on nature  and a very interesting and well written share.I didn't know this bird (I guess) and the human metaphore could be obvious in a certain senswe.

happy new year.

yann
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From the Corong National Park to the south
Over to Broome in the west
To Lake Kurwongbah in Queensland,
Which Aussie bird is the best?

From the microscopic weebill
To the Emu, who can't fly,
To the laughing kookaburra, mates,
Who's king of land and sky?

I love the Australian raven
And the chiming wedgebill, too
And no visitor will e'er forget
The red-tailed black cockatoo!

But my  vote goes to the cousin
Of the collared sparrowhawk.
The ruler of Australian skies...
Of course! The brown goshawk!!!
LindsayP
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4 posted 01-01-2010 09:54 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Many thanks to Alison, Yann and Balladeer,
your kind comments are always so much

appreciated and Balladeer I loved your poem.
have a great day folks and take care.

Lindsay
 
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