feathered fun

warm evening
corella laughter
feathered cloud

Flocks of Little Corellas are quite common in our part of Melbourne. They mainly feed on grass seeds and small bulbs on and around the many sports fields scattered across our suburban city. Corellas tend to pull up bulbs and can cause damage to the surface of a sports oval. When a flock of these birds are on the wing they all cry/laugh at the same time. It is an ear splitting sound especially if they are coming in to roost on trees you may be standing under. Out in the countryside the damage a huge flock can cause to grain crops on agricultural land causes problems for farmers. When frustrated about the lack of food or having been chased off a meal Corellas have been known to descend on a rural community and attack roof fittings, street infrastructure and even cars and clothes lines. Their bills/beaks are hard and sharp. There are of course anti bird rednecks who think such trouble makers should be shot .

under water

bird watching
cormorant dives
blows bubbles

A cormorant creates bubbles from its feathers as it dives under water searching for food then comes up for air. Recently my wife Jill shared a you tube clip of what this looks like when the bird actually hunts. https://www.facebook.com/mervynd/videos/10158899397264451

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This is my contribution to Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 345 BIRD AND Blow. Follow this link and see how other haiku poets use BIRD and BLOW creatively.