Sunday, November 29, 2009

An exotic in the north


Early morning in Golders Hill Park, Hampstead, and the egrets are tucked inside their wings like statues of themselves.
My last kookaburras were seen from train windows crossing New South Wales in June. We saw one in a cage in the zoo at Sydney - and, movingly, its companion was on the outside, free but for the bond with its mate, fetching food from the trees and feeding it into its partnerts beak through the mesh.
This kookaburra was on its aviary perch in Hampstead, puzzled at bad luck and limited opportunity on a cold November morning.

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