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
An Owl Limerick, An Owl Sonnet, Owls Ahoy!,
The Laughing Owl &
The Screech Owl
Hooters (Owl) Calendar Orders
Forgettable Fishing Trips