The Prayers of the Snowy Owl

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Her eyes hung heavy, as a few final snowflakes drifted

swirling, she squinted with the new dawn

breaking, covering the sky.

She was startled hearing His voice

the Creator asking,

her again to pray,

for the humans.

Couldn’t they just hunt mice

and be happy?

 

Poetry © Copyright 2017, ancient skies

Image from hdwallpapers

The Eyes of an Eagle

from raptorrehab.org

Soaring, do his eyes pierce the clouds,

to see the injustice of the city?

the poverty of the country?

a poor child crying for milk,

the worker cheated of his wages,

or a young mother beaten?

The eagle does see it all,

like an angel, calling,

the lightning, cracking open,

the sky,

on his wings bringing,

a new day where people love,

where we fight despair, with a handshake,

where healthcare is for everyone,

and where prejudice is erased.

Help us to see like an eagle,

and give us the courage,

to fight bravely,

with everything we’ve got.

We need eyes that pierce the clouds,

to see, and to have the heart,

of courageous compassion.

Blessings to everyone and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Poetry © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

image from raptorrehab.org via google

The Osprey – The Ultimate Fisher

Osprey on Perch

The Osprey, also known as the Fish Hawk, Sea Hawk, Fish Eagle, and River Hawk, is a large bird of prey, and the only raptor that is recognized to be on all continents, except Antartica. It is about 24 inches long with a wingspan of about 71 inches. Ok so if you do the math, the wingspan, from wing tip to wing tip is about 6 ft.! I love watching these birds (on video) fish!

from wikipedia
from wikipedia

They are very unusual in that their territory spans across the globe, and there is very little difference in the 4 subspecies. To get a good view of this I have included a map from Wikipedia. The Osprey lives on fish almost exclusively, which explains the population distribution. There are no Osprey in the Sahara!

I have included a short video which is cool because it shows the Osprey actually diving into the water to retrieve the fish. The bird goes all in!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

images from pinterest/except map from wikipedia

video from youtube

Feathers

Golden Eagle 2

There is strength in these feathers,

there is courage in the flight,

there is vision in these eyes,

to see…..

No wonder the people,

honored,

the Creator’s warriors,

instinct to hunt,

only for food,

decorating themselves,

putting on,

the strength,

the courage,

and the vision,

to see……

and always,

always,

taking care,

of their own,

men and women,

families covered,

with feathers.

There is strength in these feathers,

there is courage in the flight,

there is vision in these eyes,

to see…..

closeup from google

Poetry © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

top image from pinterest, bottom image from google

Wings

Osprey
Osprey

Would God give us a sign,

 in the form of a hawk?

Can God hear our prayers,

sent, on the wings of an eagle?

Why would He send a hawk,

to fly right by my head,

a foot or so away, at eye level?

I was not afraid,

wings slow and peaceful,

was he looking at me,

as he went by?

The strangest thing was –

I was praying,

praying and walking,

important things on my heart,

please God,

and then the hawk drifts by.

I think the Creator was saying,

I’ve heard your prayers –

receive strength today.

So there is strength in a hawk.

And there is peace,

on the wings of an eagle.

from news.stv.tv via google
from news.stv.tv via google

Poetry © Copyright 2014, nicodemasplusthree

The Osprey

Osprey and Fish

Winged power folded, patient,

waiting, for the next hunt,

then strength launching, flying higher,

circling, surveying the water,

soaring, measuring, calculating,

estimating, distance from the target

when the time is right –

the dive!

A missile propelling downward,

one hundred miles an hour,

extending talons, piercing the water,

grasping the target, and pulling up,

all at the same time.

The majesty of the hunter,

created to be – the fish hawk.

Osprey Side View

Poetry © Copyright 2014, nicodemasplusthree

Birds of Prey

Osprey
Osprey

I once saw a Bald Eagle swoop down about 20 feet ahead of my car, coming in from the right, capturing whatever was in the road, and flying up towards the left. It was over in a matter of seconds. Majestic is one word I thought of to describe this bird. He/she was also huge. I had no idea how big they were.

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird on the planet. The American Kestrel is the smallest bird of prey in our country. If I remember right they are smaller than the blue jay. All of them can see for miles, and whether they look fierce or not so much, they are all beautiful. Here are a few examples.

 

Gyrfalcon
Gyrfalcon
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Tailed Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk

 

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

 

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

 

Omate Hawk Eagle
Omate Hawk Eagle

 

Talons
Talons

 

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle