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  • A bird
    Five times the size of the hummingbird-weight birds that drink the nectar of the Hibiscus flowers, walking on the grass, and then, leaving it, following the paved path. Reminds me of Sr Mary Murray (SSJ History professor) who once said to me, smiling, as we walked on the prepared path on the green, "It's just as easy to walk on the path." Some kind of water fowl? Looks like a curlew.

    two by two
    A pair of brown broadbills on the tips of the evergreen tree. And then, another pair.
    4 glorious brown black-eyed - 8 eyes - gobs up in a chlorophyll-coloured quiet fragrant tree.
    Perched aloft, high up, still, swaying in the wind.

    half bright half dark
    A big bright strong yellow and deep dark butterfly. Never saw it before. Once I counted 11 different butterflies in one day. The other day, a medium-sized pale blue butterfly flew by the Chinese Hibiscus.

    Thinking of Helen's Twilight Haiku, I see a black ant making its way straight up the coconut tree. In the opposite direction, in the brown-dry palm fronds hanging straight down, falls - a piece of dry coconut leaf. Rustle. From the back of the narrow coconut tree trunk peers the piece of leaf. Half of a bird. We look at each other. I know him, the resident titmouse. Perhaps he knows me too.

    Early birds
    "The early bird catches the worm," so the sages say. One here, one there, pecking at the grassy ground.

    A surge of joy
    I watched a sizable bird sitting quietly at Hibiscus Row. A long time, ten minutes. Then it took off and I thought it had gone into the evergreen. But it was in a Chinese shrub. Then it flew into the clump of Jackfruit, Areca Nut Palm, small bamboo, near where I stand. A surge of joy! It was a baby raptor. Those markings - dramatic black stripes on brown - are unmistakable. Its beak held a worm.

    I think it's incredible so I look up raptors in the region. The Wallace Hawk Eagle has stripes just like it.
    When does a raptor moult? Is it...? It had the feel of an owl which is carnivorous. Whether it is or not, I'm still in Raptor Rapture.

    7 types of birds today.

    Here is a tribute to the singer who paid a tribute to the here and now. His lyrics can be found below the video, along with a description of his concerned citizenhood (planetarianhood?). John Denver sings Today.
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