The Whimbrel

The Whimbrel

A Poem by Neville Pettitt
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For all those ornithologists out there....

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The Whimbrel

 

 

The Whimbrel

Until its first flock

Tends to be a sad and generally retiring

 Sub-species

 Of the more gregarious Sand Piper

 

Frequently mistaken from a distance

 Or a painting

 Or a distant painting for the latter

 

 

In general terms

Its longer legs and distinctively curved bill

 Have specifically evolved to help

While standing in the watter

 

Sand Pipers

With shorter legs and distinctly 

Straight bills though similar in plumage

 

Find by their sheer numbers

 Insufficient roomage to stand and be compared

To their most distant cousin

 

 

The Whimbrel

Cannot be mistaken for the Knott

 A buff coloured shoreline bird

 

Nor a shag

A tiny black relation of the Cormorant

 With the propensity to try and mate with

 Anything that dares to move

 Hence it's name

 

From behind though and with knees bent

The Whimbrel is quite indistinguishable

From the Sand Piper

 

 

Any self respecting Shag

 Will testify to that

 

But not the Knott 

 Which tends to lead

A far more solitary existence

 

 

The Knott’s

 Plaintive and unmistakable call

 ‘Wish I wasa, wish I wasa, wish I wasa Shag’

 Can of course be offensive to

Shoreline artists and young virgins

 

 

The Whimbrel

Being largely mute

 Is oft considered far more appealing

 From both a photogenic and acoustic point of view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


© 2018 Neville Pettitt



Author's Note

Neville Pettitt
This is more than just a rant, it is more like a cormorant...

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Well, you are certainly well acquainted with the aquatic birds, aren't you? Very informative write indeed. I had no idea the difference between all these birds. I think the change in font size was a bit distracting, but I did read through till the end. Lydi**

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Neville Pettitt

9 Months Ago

Lydi** I really cant thank you enough for this particular visit, as you may have noticed, 'The Whimb.. read more



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Arf, arf a lovely read. The whimbrel - lovely name - sounds like a few commuters I can think of, seeking out a bit of calm on the platorm, surrounded by hoards of sand pipers. Meanwhile, the odd knot stands all alone on the opposite platform. I wonder if there is a collective noun for knot? Great wit, esp like 'Any self respecting Shag' and 'not the Knott'.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Neville Pettitt

9 Months Ago

You are far too generous Ron, but thank you. Just gotta have a larf every now & wren don't you think.. read more
Forgive me, i know my birds but never known them to be quite so amusing... they must laugh all the way to the sluice gates! Nonetheless you show an interest in birdlife that is rarely seen over the womter! ( was I sober when i spelled WINTER like that?!) Wondrous fun, informative and more. Gone, dinner's ready, tweet, tweet!

Posted 9 Months Ago


Neville Pettitt

9 Months Ago

Us hornythologists gotta stick together, many thank you's winging their way t'ward ya.......AGT's, N.. read more
Well, you are certainly well acquainted with the aquatic birds, aren't you? Very informative write indeed. I had no idea the difference between all these birds. I think the change in font size was a bit distracting, but I did read through till the end. Lydi**

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Neville Pettitt

9 Months Ago

Lydi** I really cant thank you enough for this particular visit, as you may have noticed, 'The Whimb.. read more
Neville Pettitt,
"The whimbrell"
Scolpicidae. What a lovely bird! I found one that was actually a rust color: Maybe a male. Whereas the usual color is grey and white. At first it reminds somewhat of a seagull in structure.
I like how you drew in other bird species which are cmpatible and interesting in regard to your story and environment; ocean- cormorant, knott and shag. Fun play on words. A little subtle but daring!
Blessings,
Kathy

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Neville Pettitt

1 Year Ago

Hey Kathy, I am delighted that you not only found this ancient scribble of mine, but that you were a.. read more
Here in Canada we have this nature series that reads like a dry English narrator - that immediately came to mind with this piece. Cleverly written, but it seems odd as poetry, and perhaps would work better as prose?

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Neville Pettitt

4 Years Ago

Prose is good, prose is fine, prose it is then... Ta very much, N

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