Saturday, July 2, 2011

Blog break activities: Royal National Park

Small green patch shimmers, peacock coloured in the glaring sun.

The wood duck unaware of imminent danger pecks happily at grubs in the grass. A sea eagle soars, a mere speck far in the blue sky.

A shriek of alarm stirs the birds from their grazing, they scatter frantically to seek sanctuary from the predator. The duck, temporarily blinded, takes off with gusto. Then careens headlong, heavily into the tin shed with a loud thump. The sound reverberates through the campground.
Crashes heavily to the ground.
Appears dead ...
staggers, dazed, confused and tries again, more successfully.

Safe for the timebeing.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo ruffled because we wouldn't share bikkies and cheese.
Royal National Park
Ferry to Cronulla

Rainbow Lorikeet checking that it's safe to emerge

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

*Blog break activities on the trip to the Happiness and its Causes conference in Brisbane June 2011. You can read about the conference here.
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5 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. great story .. these drabbles are fun - love them. Your photos too .. one day I shall get down under!

Your use of descriptive words is great and I can really picture the scene .. crash, bang, wallop ... headache and much shaking before feathering off again.

Wonderful - have a great weekend .. Hilary

Manzanita said...

Ouch! Poor ducky. (I didn't mean to write ducky but as long as it's there, it fits as if I'm talking baby talk... Ha) I bet the other birds are thinking, nyuk, nyuk... dummy.
Your photos are lovely. The water one is so serene.
You are so good at drabbles.
I was going to wish you a Happy 4th... I forgot.... Happy weekend.
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Leovi said...

Wonderful and varied series, a great story with excellent framing. Saludos.

sue said...

Hilary, it'd be great to see you here! Thankyou, I'm working on trying to paint the scene with words, and it's lovely to get your feedback.

Manzanita, it was a poor ducky! Hehe, I love the thought of the others having a laugh at its expense.

Leovi, thankyou!

We have sunshine! Yipee :)

Pearson Report said...

Beautifully written...and the photos are breathtaking.

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.

I've been away from the blogging world for a wee bit and am dropping in on some of my favourite sites.

Continue enjoying...

Cheers, Jenny