Birds of different kinds are watched, ignored, feared, loved and even detested for various reasons by people. For residents and visitors to Bambra, they are certainly noticed.
Colour, sound and movement are the main ways humans interact and reflect on bird life surrounding them. How we project our hopes and fears onto birds, as we do so often onto many other animal species, can reveal much about ourselves.
Only the birds know if the grass is really greener wherever they venture. And while it looks romantic to be gliding through the air, birds on the move may or may not be enjoying changing elements of wind and rain. For us, the delights of having them stop-by, temporarily feed from our seed offerings, and then head off on a breeze at any moment show us ways to stay in the present and ways to let go. Or we can imagine taking off elsewhere in bids for freedom from current circumstances.
Flight without engines is something humans have always found marvellous. We are not the smartest species after all. Despite our understanding of the less romantic side of vulture-like birds of prey, and the fact that many bird species can decimate ripe for harvesting fruit and other crops, we bow to the colours, the delicacy, varied shapes, and fact that birds are not to be controlled or tamed.
We are in their backyards, and not the other way around. Birds delight us with surprise; we often don’t know when they will appear, how long they will stay and when they will launch off again within a day’s routines. They remind us of the qualities of loyalty; the scene of flocks floating across the sky can give us comfort.
The two lovebirds who understand monogamy can renew our faith. And most of all they provide us with their company.
Suzanne Frydman: http://www.relaxcommunications.com.au