Twice daily flocks of wading redshanks, godwits and sandpipers patiently wait for the 
tidal water to recede,
the ebbing water reveals pristine mud filled with snails and crustaceans allowing a 
variety of birds to feed,
the distinctive neck flight position of migrant Bewick swans arriving after flying long
  distances west,
against a billowing stormy grey sky, a sunlit flowing white cape of knots leave their
  shoreline rest.

The call of monochrome oystercatchers as they fly overhead at sunrise out to the
  nearby coast,
the inquisitive dark liquid stare of an observant barn owl perched on a weathered

 fence post,
a flock of calling and squeaking Brent geese leave overnight roosts as one to feed
  at first light,
the rhythmical whisper of their hollow wing feathers flapping overhead silently
 conveys their flight.

The black and white avocet, an elegant avian society emblem, feeding in a brackish
 coastal lagoon,
on a silver tinted marsh the obsidian silhouettes of resting geese are outlined by
 the lucent full moon,
the undulating melody of a skylark’s solo emanating from blue sky, the song distant  
   but crystal clear,
watching foraging sandpipers with distinguishing elongated beaks in a tidal pond

 at Minsmere.

The accomplished flight of diminutive swallows diligently skimming low ground after
 innumerable flies,
the progressive crescendo of sunlight and song as birds and wildlife awaken shortly
 before sunrise,
feeling the wind and sun, appreciating the special silence of birdwatching,
an interest you loved so dear,
whenever I hear winter geese flying overhead, or a robin’s eloquent melody,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

In loving memory of James Farthing 1929 – 2017

Poppyland Poet

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A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.

My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s joy of birdwatching as a professional, hobby or watching the birds in the garden.

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