Bird O’Clock

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Sometimes when inspiration won’t come and I feel like I am stagnant and uncreative I know I need a reboot. I go on an outing, I did this with my last trip to the zoo and getting out and about is a great way to fuel those creative fires.

An opportunity arose to visit a bird aviary on my recent trip to Canberra.

My husband wanted to see the War Memorial, art galleries all the usual stuff the Capital city has to offer. We agreed to see as much as we could in the three days, whilst the kids were at school camp.

The aviary went way beyond my expectations. They had many species of birds from all over the world. The time passed quickly. I sat captivated. Looking up to the tops of the aviary I did feel a little sad. The birds were not free but most of them had only known captivity and would not survive in the real world. The caretaker told me sometimes hawks and eagles tear the nets and grab the birds. When the netting is open he mentioned most of the birds come back because they know they get fed and feel safe.

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When you walk through the gates with your bowl of food beware. The cheekiest lorikeets make themselves known. Using your arms as bar stools, they eat and bicker among themselves.DSCN7065 (copy)


I noticed the park also accepted birds that people no longer wanted. I overheard an elderly woman talking to her pet Lorikeet, saying goodbye. She told him he would meet some new friends in there. (broke my heart) She said she and her husband were not able to care for the bird anymore. At least he would have a good home. But I could not help noticing the sadness in her voice as she handed him over to the park owners. Me, yes, I felt her loss too.

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I think I must have taken at least a hundred photo’s on that day. But as usual not all of them turn out well, but these are a few that I love.


My only disappointment, I could not find the bird I love to sketch. The blue wren. The gardener said they escape out of the holes in the nets (which they fix daily) and come and go as they please.

The good news  I found some on my morning walk. They had made their home in the blackberry bushes, far away from my cats.

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So my message to you.

Go for that outing for some extra inspiration. You may only need to step out into your own back yard.

Ending with a little story….Why do birds make me happy? I don’t know, I only know that I feel a connection to them. I remember a day when I was young and my cat had climbed up into a tree hunting a nest of poor newborn sparrows. I scolded her, grabbing a ladder I leaned it up against the old gum tree and climbed high to get her down. My father laughed at me and said that the cat was just doing what cats do and if I loved birds I should not own a cat. It was on that day when I came home from a trip to town. I found an empty nest and a cat with a full belly; I realised I had two conflicting passions. Such sadness I felt, that I could not save those birds. My conflicting passions still haunt me today. I think my father was right all those years ago.


About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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106 Responses to Bird O’Clock

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    So beautiful! You are jammed full of talent. I agree with your advice on getting out and experiencing new things will help the creativity.

  2. roweeee says:

    Reblogged this on beyondtheflow and commented:
    For the bird lovers out there, here’s a extension of my recent Lazy Birds post. Kath Unsworth from Minuscule Moments has some beautiful photographs of some of our beautiful Australian birds

  3. roweeee says:

    Your photos in this post are just beautiful, Kath. I am so proud of our stunning Australian birds and also they they can be found so easily in backyards and local parks etc. I also appreciated your competing affections for cats and birds and loved that last photo of your eye eyeing off your blue wren drawing. Very funny but also a darker side as well xx Rowena

    • Indeed the darker side of owning cats, can be challenging thinking about triple bells on them now, they keep biting bells off.

      • roweeee says:

        Yes, definitely the darker side. Have you been watching “The Secret LIves of Cats” on SBS on MOnday nights? They’ve been attaching cameras to moggies and tracking their movements. It’s been fascinating. I’m even starting to like cats. I’ve always had dogs and never really been close to a cat and with my husband being quite allergic, I also stay clear but Miss loves them!

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  6. cindy knoke says:

    Pure heaen and your sketch is divine! Plus the photo with the cat and the sketch is too wonderful! I would love to visit this place many times!

  7. New Journey says:

    beautiful birds…..thanks for the lovely post…kathy

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