Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bird kingdom

They may not be a man's best friend but the birds of Aotearoa colour our landscape with song and beauty.

What are our legs compared to their wings? 

What is our music compared to their songs? 

How can we connect with creatures so different from us?

What better place to answer these questions than Kapiti Island off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s a magical place. It’s a bird kingdom. The birds swoop down below the canopy of beautiful trees, and then soar above the tree tops. Nothing can touch them, it’s one of the only places where they are free from all harm. When you enter the forest the bush envelopes you and birdsong weaves you into it’s mysterious world. The birds have nothing to fear, they fly free and they do what they please. Only the wind and the mist from the sea can disturb their tranquility, until we enter their lounge. We come hoping to join their community but in fear of frightening them out of their home. Yet fearlessly they remain and let us be a part of the magic that is the tapestry of Aotearoa as it should be.

Kapiti Island

by Josie

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