Favourite bird poems

Subject: Favourite bird poems
From: Trevor Quested <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:50:51 +1000
Here are some you may be able to use on your walk with the group.
They are by Graham Alcorn from the Blue Mtns NSW from his book The Bird Baths 
of Umbigumbi
Trevor Quested, Bundaberg

Balance of Nature

 One day a Sitella, going down,

Passed a Tree Creeper, going up.

“And how are the insects, up?’ ‘

“And how are the insects, down?’ ‘

The insects up on which I sup

Are juicy and divine.’

‘The insects down on which I dine

Are sweet as honey wine.’

And so they live in harmony

Though they forage the bark of

the selfsame tree.



Fish of Air


Wheeling, soaring, circling,

swooping on sickle wings,

out of the storm clouds come the Swifts,

swimming in the wind.

The boundless air is their ocean,

it’s fronts and pressure systems

their tides and currents.

A nightly cliff face to cling to

and launch into the dawn,

a rock ledge to glue a nest to

is all they need of the earth.

Variegated Fairy Wren
(Malurus lamberti)
Fairy Wren, Fairy Wren,

Into the bushes, then Out again,

In again.

All we can see of you,

Field glasses peering,

are Flashes of blue. 

Malurus, Malurus,

Onward you lure us, 



Wither you will.

All we want is to look at you.

Please stay still!






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