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Lullabies & Dreams

Where er they go on tiptoed wings,

The breath of babes do sigh.

Starry tears  and fairy dust,

Sparkle as they glide.

A sprinkle of eternity,

To sweeten dreams anew.

Whispered threads sing lullabies,

Innocent,

In tune.

Haloed shadows brighten.

Blending with the dew.

A misty kiss

Caress of dawn.

Awakening.

New.

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It is soooo hot today the temperatures are in the 40 degree Celsius and all of Gods creations are panting their hearts out trying to find a cool spot to shlump down in…including me. I decided to try to cool things off a little by hosing the plants around the veranda garden.

My pals the Owls have migrated from the nesting tree in our front yard into a Chinese Elm tree which is just off our back veranda. Like everyone else they were panting in the heat so I decided to give them a quick cooling spray.” Wise Eyes” was not too impressed about that decision so she flew down into a tree  branch that was about six foot away from me and at eye level.

Eye Level @ 6 Foot - "Wise Eyes"

“Squint” on the other hand was even less impressed by his mothers tactics and gave her (and me) the most disgusted look.  Couldn’t resist the super close up pictures 🙂

'Squint" - Less than impressed.(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

‘Squint” – Less than impressed.
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Wise Eyes and baby “Squint”
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Owl Facts

Over a period of some time I have come to notice some very interesting points about our Owl friends:

They appear to mate for life as I have never noticed any strange birds coming into their territory and the pair is seldom very far apart.

They are very territorial and do not stray from their chosen place.

Some trees are considered to be theirs and other birds generally respect this. However, if the Owls stray into trees that are not considered to be theirs the other birds will let them know it and drive them out.

All the birds have young ones at this time of year and some would most certainly be considered as food by the Owls and yet there appears to be a sort of truce, a live and let live situation.

The female will not be driven from her nest by ANYTHING once she has committed herself to her mission.

The male will sit within a couple of foot from the nest as soon as the young are hatched but not before. There he remains on guard, only leaving to hunt at night.

The female will turn her body to protect the young ones from the wind and sun. She is better than a weather station when it comes to reading the winds direction. This also helps to stop the wind from blowing her out of the tree during bad storms as she has very little shelter herself.

All the birds in the garden know who belong in their territory. They have special warning calls for each perceived “threat” that are immediately resounded around the garden as soon as something is spotted. Be it a cat, dog, snake, stray hawk or human. Nothing moves without them knowing about it. If it’s a snake or a hawk they will all gang up on it and try to drive it away.

 

©musicgal 2012 Lorelle Press


Wise Eyes keeps her chick warm and safe in the nest while Keen Eyes (Dad) keeps one eye on invading birds and the other on any passing dinner.
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Well it has finally happened. Judging from the size of the baby it actually happened a little while ago but Wise Eyes has kept it a pretty good secret until now.  The little ball of fluff sitting directly in front of mummy is our newest arrival in the Owl World for our garden. So far I have only seen the one, it’s very difficult to see if there is a second one or not at this time.  This morning I heard Wise Eyes clipped tones and then there was a babyish reply. I trotted off to get the camera and sure enough there he/she was.  When they spotted me below mummy pointed her disdainful beak into the air as she always does and the baby mimiced her actions in a sweet attempt to do what mum does.  Sooooo cute !!

Wise Eyes first baby photo. The little baby fluff ball in front of mum trying to mimic mummy.
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The female Owl has remaind commited to her task and has not moved from her nest. She has been sitting for about 2 weeks now and so it shouldn’t be too much longer before the little ones arrive. I have decided to give her a name. “Wise Eyes”. She always looks at me as if she knows more than I do…she probably does too.
(c) musicgal2012 Lorelle Press