Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Birdwatching from the Train....

leaves flurry
from the turning trees
winter thrushes

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a buzzard
swoops over the river -
markings fieldguide clear

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a pheasant
in a stubbled field -
a swirl of beech leaves

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high speed birdwatching
.............was that a peregrine?

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You can read about other views from my recent train journeys here and on a handful of stones here.

18 comments:

odessa said...

juliet, i love the idea of high-speed birdwatching. but i need to do my homework first though, i can only identify very few birds. :)

p.s. i really enjoyed the bird sounds! thanks for posting the links.

Rethabile said...

Yeah, so do I. Maybe it was a pelegrine.

Janice Thomson said...

"Leaves flurry" - what an image Juliet - the wordplay really enforces the idea of winter around the corner.
And "high speed birdwatching" - what a neat turn of words!

goenchi said...

Really like the high speed birdwatching - the peregrine swooped for me :)

Devika said...

I love to travel by train on a side seat...watching whatever that pass by...very much fun there!

i am here for the first time?? or perhaps very long back..i get to our Forty shades blog :-)

will be regular here too...

wishes!
devika

The Weaver of Grass said...

I like "fieldguide clear" and also the whole ideaof birdwatching from the train.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Everything else is high speed, why not birdwatching? Fantastic. Your buzzards seem different that ours, ours seem to be carrion oriented, feasting on unfortunate desert travelers......

Mistlethrush said...

Especially enjoyed the pheasant haiku - their colours really are like rich autumnal leaves

polona said...

these are just wonderful ... an impressive sequence

YowlYY said...

You can really get the feeling of speed from your words...it is great!

poetwithadayjob said...

love these! I recently went birdwatching and saw my phirst phaesant! Lovely thing! I also saw two great horned owls and one barn owl. AMAZING!vulch

furrybutts said...

I see birds, but most of the time I don't know their correct names.. I'm learning from you :D

Julie said...

Oh, these are absolutely beautiful!! My favorite is the pheasant in the beech leaves. What an astounding image. I also love the beauty of the buzzard here, as too often, they are identified with "ugliness" or death. What a gorgeous twist. The winter thrushes are awesome, too. Excellent work!

holly said...

Great haikus! I wish we could travel on trains where I live...

jem said...

I really like the first one - there is something clever about the way the word 'thrushes' almost sounds like the noise the leaves might make.

Susan Richardson said...

wonderful buzzard! And like so many others, I love the high-speed birdwatching idea.

Doug P. Baker said...

"fieldguide clear"
That is exquisite!

rivergardenstudio said...

I see beautiful images in your words. I too love birds! Roxanne