Monday, July 18, 2011

Morning glory at Cooloothin

Kookaburra perches, alert, on the lone buffalo horn.*

Keen, silent, watchful.
Swoops suddenly.
Beak clacks as he wheels back to his morning haunt to whack and gulp a tasty morsel, recently living, already changing form to become his source of energy.

Whip birds crack.

The morning birdsong fills the air, rises to a crescendo that for a while becomes deafening.

In the distance, sunlight begins to creep.
Pauses momentarily.
Jumps.
Zig-zags tree to tree.
Illuminates trunk upon trunk; advancing in fits and starts.
Pauses again, then leaps across the nearby creek, gathers momentum and continues its inexorable advance.

Welcome Warmth!
Is this my best angle?
Or this?
Sunlight catching the trees through louvered windows
The sun seems to leap across the creek in the mornings.

*I can't believe I forgot to take a photo of the kookaburra on breakfast watch.

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

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7 comments:

GigglesandGuns said...

Great post.
I love the pictures.

Ms. Becky said...

they are the cutest little creatures and I've never met one myself. thanks for showing me what they look like - I love their name. the reflections on the creek are very nice in the early morning light. great post Sue. happy Monday. or...Tuesday.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. love the pictures and the story .. I think drabbles are a great idea!

Cheers - Hilary

Jan Morrison said...

Sue - what a lovely drabble! And I'm jealous of kookaburra sightings for sure.
Jan Morrison

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Thanks for sharing the photos!

I like "Beak clacks as he wheels back to his morning haunt to whack and gulp a tasty morsel". Clacks and wheels has a nice ring to it!

The Write Soil

Stephen Tremp said...

Awesome drabble. I still need to try this some time. A Kiikaburra? I never heard of one. Thanks for posting pics of them.

sue said...

G&G, thanks!

Becky, lovely to see you! The picture of the kookaburra is very flattering, they're not really cute, that beak is lethal, but their laugh is fantastic even early in the morning.

Hilary, thankyou, I like the challenge of writing drabbles.

Jan, I thought of you when we saw emus running along the roadside and wondered how the ones you saw a while ago are growing.

Dawn, welcome, I don't think I've seen you here before. Thankyou, I'm enjoying discovering some creativity that seemed to have got lost too long ago.

Stephen, thankyou. I think some people overseas refer to them as a laughing jackass. I'm kicking myself for not taking a short video of them (with sound) and sharing their laugh.