charming feathers

springtime look

bird like charm




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the charm of springtime

is the look of affection 

birds have for each other

Image 1 is a pair of Crested Pigeons that arrive in our yard every morning to be fed before they explore the neighbourhood. These birds pair up and seem to stay together for life. They rarely leave each other’s sight. Very charming.

Image 2 A pair of endangered Swift parrots who regularly adopt this charming pose  for photographic workshops held by the renowned Ecologist and Nature Photographer Chris Tzaros. An Australian version of the Norwegian Blue made famous by Monty Python.

Image 3 Three of the infamous Lorne naughty pack. The Victorian seaside resort of Lorne is well known for the overfamiliar, overfed, demanding Sulphur Crested Cockatoos who terrorise  and destroy property if they are not treated kindly.


charming bird

beak cuts to the bone

looks can fool

Another Sulphur Crested Cockatoo at the Grampians, (Gariwerd) National Park. This bird and its mates had similar characteristics to the Lorne mob. They expect humans to feed them and chew up buildings, furniture, fittings and anything else if not appeased. The beaks are incredibly strong and one needs to be careful not to get too friendly. These birds were once very popular pets in Australia even given the tendency to mutilate hands. They were often used as watchdogs, (birds) on rural properties as they are easy to be trained to talk and could scream abuse that would scare off intruders . One big disadvantage is they can live to 70-90 years and relatives would often inherit a bird with provisos in the will.

These are my  3 contributions to  RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 75 Charm&Look. To experience the artistic interpretations of this challenge in its various forms from an international array of poets visit