This book titled In the Life of a Thorn bird is a very emotional and personal look into the life, mind, and heart of the author as he deals with the many adversities, heartbreak, and weight of the choices that must be made in not only his life but those around him. And how those choices will affect his inner circle of his family the wife, the sons and the daughter short term and long term! Not to mention his family and friends as a whole on a broader spectrum including his enlaws on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. The metaphor used as the title speaks volumes about the book and everyday life, just as we have good and bad we must allow and accept death to come in order for life to thrive! In the case of the author, it has taken several traumatic events, but none as traumatic as the current one in which the author grapples with to this day! This traumatic event is the catalyst that has brought to surface the creativity from the author's inner soul to create this beautiful book of poetry. The Thorn bird only sings it's most beautiful song which is in fact it's unknown gift when it plunges itself on that perfect thorn! At that very instance is that little bird's purpose made known, other than that the Thorn bird does as any other bird would do on any given day. Build a nest lay eggs and wake early to catch that worm! Only the truly blessed are in ear shot to hear the beautifully sweet song, once the life has gone so too dose the opportunity to hear that precious song. It is never to be heard from again until God calls upon another Thorn bird to sing its own unique song! I say this to you the potential reader, you only live your life once the choices made in life come at you like being in the mist of a comet storm! There is no set number like the life of you and I. So with that having being said, weigh every choice as if it was the last choice of you life, just as you value and guard your precious metals and stones! When life or a person has done you wrong, what will you do? Will you reach for a knife or gun!!! Or will you find it in your heart to forgive and let live, what will be the final out come when what your choice was etched in stone! The author Shakeel Irshaad Mateen Haadee is showing you by his schematics in the form of poetry, how to put away the knife and gun and pick up a book, pen or note pad and become creative! Thank God (ALLAH) for blessing me with common sense and patients with limits boundless to me and the unknown gift brought about by that which hurts so much to be made known! If you are one who hurts deep beneath the surface of the skin, so much so that other cannot see it or you don't want them to know the pain you are in! Please pick up this book and read, until you set that pain free, but on the other side of the coin if you are one who just likes poetry by all means enjoy my creativity! My blue prints of positive navigation minus the violence of life, that is much too common, I share with the world for all to read! Shakeel Irshaad Mateen Haadee
When Edith met a cheeky young lyrebird on her garden path, she could not guess that he would one day be known as A Miracle of the Dandenongs. Soon, James the lyrebird was singing and dancing for Edith, mimicking the birdsongs and other sounds that echoed through the bush. Word of their friendship spread and people travelled from near and far to film and record James. But with people came change ... This true story, retold by Jackie Kerin and beautifully illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, celebrates a remarkable friendship between a gardener and one of Australias most extraordinary birds.
Life with Birds uncovers the fascinating story of our interdependence with birds. The author weaves an amazing web of inter-relationships, from the Parsi funeral in Mumbai where birds of prey eat the dead; to collecting eider down from nests in Iceland and standing on the once body-strewn battlefield of Agincourt where birds won the day for the English army. From the earliest days of human existence we have exploited birds; for food, for their feathers, to satisfy our blood lust, to entertain us with their beauty, to inspire our art, our advertising, classical music, popular songs and much more. Cage birds are kept for their beauty and song but this book also investigates the repugnant illegal rare bird trade, and the organised crime it has spawned involving around 1.5 million birds a year. Criminals will go to unbelievable lengths when smuggling rare birds for sale and the 1.5m birds in this annual trade threaten the survival of several exotic species. Since time immemorial birds have exploited us too. Birds can use our homes to make theirs and can ruin farmers' crops in minutes. Some of the most impressive birds have set up home on high-rise buildings, exploiting the city slicker pigeons that live off discarded fast food and much else. Life with Birds contains intriguing examples of the huge range of interactions between birds and people. How undercover law enforcement in the US is tackling a cruel and bloodthirsty 'sport'; how birds are being used to smuggle drugs into a prison and across borders; controversial practices such as bird sacrifice in religious ceremonies; and how some Kenyan tribesmen are guided by a bird to find a food they both value. Many myths, magic and religious practices involving birds are exposed such as whether they can predict deadly mining disasters; whether they have killed anyone; and whether the eerie night-time calls in the precipitous mountains of Madeira are the souls of shepherds who have fallen to their deaths. If you have ever wondered what a nest made solely of bird saliva, considered a delicacy in some countries, tastes like or whether you knew Chairman Mao's 'kill a sparrow' campaign in the 1950s resulted in many millions of Chinese dying of starvation, Life with Birds will provide enlightenment as well as a hugely enjoyable read.
The Gem State's diverse habitats are the permanent or migratory home of 409 species of birds, including the stunning state bird, the sky blue mountain bluebird. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species and includes an ecoregion map featuring prominent bird-viewing areas. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.