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Why Should I Wish For Heaven

Posted Tuesday 13th October 2009 at 00:10 by Francis Duggan
The magpie on the gum tree pipes his melodious air
And the great beauty of Nature surrounds me everywhere
The nearest place to utopia of I will ever know
My love for Mother Nature it only seems to grow,
The brown skylark is carolling melodious and clear
Lost to my vision in the cloud world though his music I can hear
Why should I wish for heaven when heaven it is here
The darkened nothingness of death is all that I do fear,
In Nature's greening...
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On Hearing A Blackbird Singing

Posted Tuesday 13th October 2009 at 00:03 by Francis Duggan
A few days left in August a few days from the Spring
This evening in the gloaming I heard the blackbird sing
He whistled as the sun went down somewhere on a nearby tree
His song so recognizable though him I did not see.

He sings around his borders to proclaim his territory
His is a familiar song to many and a familiar song to me
He sings his best at evening and in the morning at daybreak
A familiar voice to many and a voice one cannot mistake....
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Out There In The Dry Country

Posted Monday 12th October 2009 at 23:58 by Francis Duggan
Where the thistledown is flying in the breezy morning air
In the stony dry country the brown country out there
And only the songs of magpies and the bleatings of sheep one hear
In a place where so few people live and the nearest big town not near.

Above the dry brown paddocks in the calm morning sky
The dark winged welcome swallows are singing as they fly
When swallows fly close to the ground a sign of rain some say
The winged insects they...
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Weekend report, and lessons to be learnt

Posted Monday 12th October 2009 at 11:19 by Stoggler
Updated Monday 2nd November 2009 at 14:48 by Stoggler
A nice calm autumnal Saturday morning found me walking in the West Beach/Climping Gap area near Littlehampton, and it was a wonderful morning's birding for me.

What was immediately evident was that there were a significant number of Swallows about, especially once I got past the golf course to the sand dunes: a few dozen Swallows were flying around catching their last bland British meals before hopping of to France and further south for I'm sure some heat and better cuisine (and who...
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10/11/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, South of Saddle Road 19 Mile Area

Posted Monday 12th October 2009 at 08:11 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 12th October 2009 at 08:17 by bkrownd
After a long Saturday I was pooped and slept in. There was also a very wet morning forecast, but of course it was completely dry and quite hot. It was going to be a short day out. After a lot of indecision I stopped at the lower end of Kaumana Trail, and decided I'd explore a new area in the big forest South of the trail. I spent a lot of time here early in the summer before moving on to other areas, so I also needed to collect some bird counts here for the autumn season. When I arrived one...
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