There’s nothing to write about on the plot today apart from the fact that during the week I was lucky enough to see and photograph one of the rather elusive dunnocks that I’ve mentioned previously, although you may have problems spotting it!
Earlier this week this brilliant shot by NiC on his ever excellent London Daily Nature Photo blog made me laugh! There are plenty of other superb bird images as well, just click on browse when you’re there and have a look through the impressive archive.
Seeing this magnificent eagle on the Natural Moments blog that I mentioned in Friday’s post reminded me of this wonderful poem.
The Dalliance of the Eagles by Walt Whitman, 1819 – 92, b. USA
Skirting the river road, (my forenoon walk, my rest),
Skyward in air a sudden muffled sound, the dalliance of the eagles,
The rushing amorous contact high in space together,
The clinching interlocking claws, a living, fierce, gyrating wheel,
Four beating wings, two beaks, a swirling mass tight grappling,
In tumbling turning, clustering loops, straight downward falling,
Till o’er the river pois’d, the twain yet one, a moment’s lull,
A motionless still balance in the air, then parting, talons loosing,
Upward again on slow-firm pinions slanting, their seperate diverse flight,
She hers, he his, pursuing.
[This vividly descriptive poem was written in 1880 and is included in Whitman’s famous work Leaves of Grass. His style was highly innovative and influential, and he is regarded as one of the greatest American poets.]