Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birds of a Feather

An assemblage of swans, gulls, etc:

Tagged swan, Melbourne

Red-billed Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)

Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune without the words, 
And never stops at all

~ Emily Dickinson

Black Shag (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Shag + Gulls

Swans + Gull, Lake Rotorua

Peacock, Tuscan vineyard

Southern Black-backed Gulls (Larus dominicanus)

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
   When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
   But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings--
I know why the caged bird sings!

~ Paul Laurence Dunbar

For Thematic Photographic # 307


  1. Thoroughly enjoyed my time among your birds!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  2. Feathered enchantment - and both poems are ones I am very fond of too. Thank you,

  3. I love those bird pics!

    It looks like that shag and the gulls on the dock are waiting for their ship to return.

  4. What a start with that black swan, I was hooked before I saw the rest of these wonderful photos. Great poems too.

  5. Lovely to see different birds from the ones we have! I was surprised to see the swan tagged round its neck - here we ring birds on their legs, including swans! Mr.G used to be a qualified ringer when he had the energy to pad round fields and woods all day, but not now! Those black backed gulls look similar to ours - they all have that beady eye out for the chance of a meal!

    Lovely photos, thank you!


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