Thursday, October 12, 2017

On approaching birds on the beach

Killdeers are worrywarts.

There's no need; I never see them until they rise up in a panic and fly away, peeping frantically.

Gulls are calm (about people, not about food found by rival gulls), and think about my approach for a while before they decide to leave.

"Is it worth the effort to give up my nice, cosy rock?"

Mallards, off-shore, are impervious.

A peaceful afternoon paddle with the neighbours. Life is good.


1 comment:

  1. The words 'calm' and 'gull' come as a surprise when put next to each other. I doubt mallards really recognise humans. Suppliers of snacks perhaps - but not fully functioning sentient bipeds. Mallards live in a world to themselves. Perhaps that's why they are so peaceful to watch.

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