Sunday, 9 October 2016

Shielded by birds


Up in the blue above this house
Between white cumulus
The whistle of red kite
Two glistening red/brown
Turn upsidedown
Engage with outstretched claw
And peel off
An acrobatic display
Followed by a pair of mewing buzzards.


A sparrowhawk
Chased higher and higher
In swirls and spirals
By a pair of small birds
A crescendo of harassment
Until she stoops
And plummets earthward
Like an arrow.


Raucous ravens call to each other
So close
They touch wing tips
In a feathered kiss.

Fresco - shielded by birds


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