It’s a beautiful Sunday morning. It is typical of autumn in Perth. I went to bed looking forward to the next day and have been up for hours. I have a list of things to complete before heading off again. As the end of financial year looms (June), work ramps up with invoices to submit, and extra work to be picked up before the new budget. Being sick for three out of the four weeks in April has been a drag and I’m behind on most things. Today is the first day I feel well and myself again. I hope to make a small dent in what I have to complete.
My home is undergoing the second part of the renovation. I am project managing this. I have no idea how I fit it all in. It is chaos in the home with nothing where it should be. I’ve had to rely on superhuman resilience. I take one day at a time and within the day, I have moments where I come up for air. Like now. I learnt this strategy from nature. From the red cap sand plover.
The red cap sand plover is a tiny bird. I absolutely love them! They are very difficult to see along the shore because they blend in so well. I found one in Lake Thetis once and always on the look out for them when I visit. They are quick on land and scurry at great speed. I’ve only seen one fly maybe twice in all the times I’ve photographed them. They race across the sand, stop for a moment, feed and then repeat. It can cover great distances this way. If the strategy works for the red cap sand plover, surely it must work for me!
During one trip to Lake Thetis I searched for the tiny bird for over an hour and then reluctantly decided, it was not my day. I took one last photograph of the Lake before turning around to walk away.Then an imperceptible movement caught my eye. By the shore.It turned around and looked straight at me! Joy!Then turned away, the beautiful red cap clearly visible.The stride is quick and effortless.The stop and stare, well, fierce comes to mind!This bird is a tiny creature. Yet, somehow, has the capacity to fill vastness by mere presence.
Some people do this, too.
Until next time
a dawn bird
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Sweet little thing!