Of all birds seen in our great land,
Owls appear divinely gowned.
Although they live lives privately,
Most emerge nocturnally.
Powerful Owls can eyes defy,
Even when high in the sky.
Their love-hoot calls for lonely mates
Must surely lead to many dates.
Of other Aussie Owls, there are,
The Rufous, which lives near and far;
And those that people often pass,
The Greater Sooty, Eastern Grass.
Hawk and Tawny, Boobook, too,
At times appear for human view.
Owls that fish and those that hunt,
Thrive near lakes and forest front.
I'd etch his form on silver salver,
The much-liked Barn Owl, (Tyto Alba).
The handsome Tyto - nickname “Barn”,
Is seen by woodlands, fields and tarn.
Lesser Sooty and the Ghost,
Are owls that mostly like the coast;
But breeds are many, sizes too,
Yet though owls fly, we still see few.
Most favourites hoot well after dark,
While others seem to screech and bark.
Among fish owls, are those that hunt,
Though seeing them, becomes a punt.
Masked and Barking Owls are dear,
Their many skills inspire cheer;
But, for this writer, all owls do,
Plus Tawny Frogmouths, Nightjars, too.
© Patrick Thomas 2010
“The Australian firm Wirripang Pty. Ltd., has published
two of my anthologies on musical subjects (which derive
from my former profession as an orchestral conductor)
and has released my autobiography -
available on Wirripang's website.”
- Patrick Thomas
I'm an early-morning owl. - Patrick Wilson
When the owl sings, the night is silent. - Charles de Leusse
He who has no falcon must hunt with an owl. - Danish Proverb
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. - Bible
I was born a jackdaw - why should I try to be an owl? - Ogden Nash
Alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits. - Alfred Tennyson
Can grave and formal pass for wise,
When Men the solemn Owl despise? - Benjamin Franklin
I'm a night owl for sure. I was born at 1 A.M., and that's the excuse I use. - Karla Souza
And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,
And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart. - Edward Lear
You can't fly with the owls by night and expect to keep up with the eagles during the day. - Unknown
The fantasy of every Australian man is to have two women - one cleaning and the other dusting. - Maurenn Murphy
I think the shocking thing to discover is the owls are not stupid and very feral, very hard to train. - Robbie Coltrane
I rejoice that there are owls. They represent the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have. - Henry David Thoreau
He is a rarity which I cannot but be fond of, as one would be of a hog that could fiddle, or a singing owl. - John W. Rochester
I'm a night owl, and luckily my profession supports that. The best ideas come to me in the dead of night. - Josh Fox
Do not trap yourself into an owl's hooting sound
Where sad nights linger through the blackness of a hound - Munia Khan
The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious. - Mehmet Murat ildan
I will be deafer than the blue-eyed cat, And thrice as blind as any noonday owl, To holy virgins in their ecstasies. - Alfred Tennyson
He respects Owl, because you can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right. - A. A. Milne
I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house-top. - Bible
You are Mr. Owl. I am Ms. Hummingbird. We may come from different species but as long as you're a bird, I'm a bird too. - Glad Munaiseche
In New York, everybody looks great and is well dressed, but seeing someone in Ohio wearing Marc Jacobs is like spotting an owl in Central Park. Rare. - Isabel Gillies
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