Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Australian White Ibis

I always thought they were ugly birds, loud, clumsy. Long beak stabbing into urban grass to extract buggy, tasty morsels;

but sitting by the Brisbane River, enjoying my lunchtime picnic during the Happiness conference, observe with 'mindful' seeing eyes.

Saw instead of gangly awkwardness, a beautiful bird, bright eyed, with delicate plumes and elegant beak, displaced from its natural habitat of swamps and wetlands, suffering from the devastating effects of drought and flood, unable to forage there for insects, and other creepy crawlies. Makes the most of a lazy feed of picnic scraps. Leave their poop

and own this space.


A Drabble is a story told in 100 words. No more, no less.

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5 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. love seeing and learning a little more about the Ibis through your Drabble .. cheers Hilary

Liza said...

Amazing bird. Love your Drabble.

Jan Morrison said...

I too, love the Ibis. So elegant, like your drabble...

Jan Morrison said...

I too, love the Ibis. So elegant, like your drabble...

sue said...

Hilary, thankyou, I'm learning so much as I do the research. It's fun!

Liza, I find it so easy to forget that what is common here isn't found in other countries.

Jan, thankyou! This writing thing is so good for me. I love the creativity and challenge.

Thanks ladies, your comments and support are better than any icing on a cake could ever be! I'm so fortunate to have met you all.