a daily tanka — June 17

late, a lone ibis 
lands on orchestra island 
kerfuffle among
the bassoonists tuning 
— aahnking n honking begins 

Image: An Australian white ibis (Threskiornis molucca) at the local lagoon this morning. I know, a bit of anthropomorphism but they make a beautiful racket arguing for best perch or ‘keep your distance pal’. (Here’s some audio fun from Centennial Park in Sydney c/- Greg McLaughlin on xeno-canto).

And keeping in the woodwind theme, for music today here’s Percy Grainger’s Music for Saxophones (maybe start with Lisbon Dublin Bay) (Youtube)

Daily tanka – 4 May

a royal spoonbill
sashays down the floodline
flings back his plumes
like Elvis at Vegas
man, he just owns this swamp

Image: The royal spoonbill, Platalea regia c/- Francesco Veronesi from Italy, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Spotted yesterday, three royal spoonbills among the raggedy ibis along the flooded suburban lagoon just down from my place.

And today’s musical offering, here’s South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim with Cape Town Flowers.