The sky ablaze this morning with 60 or so vultures, circling, searching. What has died? What is about to die? Joining the fray, a Magnificent frigate bird, his long lanky body with split tail stark against the chunky vulture bodies. As they continued to swirl, a lone red tail hawk joined the sky born dance. Similar in size, in their silhouette against the sun, he was almost hidden, except for a distinctive wing formation and different soaring/flapping pattern. Soon, more vultures, another frigate bird and the sky was bird bird bird … and then gone. Whatever they had hoped for or sensed, had scurried deep into the stark desert landscape, and the winged ones dispersed.
Yesterday on our early dog walk, one of the ‘resident’ egrets fished the estuarian inlet near the house. While the dogs played, I sat on the side of the water watching the tall white bird hunt for tiny fish trapped by the tidal flow.
In the desert it seems, it is bird life that is most obvious. Their appearances at all times of the day and weather remind me of the mysteries of life, the magic of flight .. the dreams of Icarus.