Whēkau was NZ’s best-loved owl, when resting or when on the prowl.
He out-sized Ruru (the Morepork) - and that’s by no means idle talk.
As well, his expert flying skill, mere humans never failed to thrill;
And for Whēkau’s safe, secluded nest, he found a rocky crevice best.
Known well was his loud, laughing call, before cruel Fate would him befall;
And hearing that distinctive tone, signalled him, on his nocturnal roam.
That was till savaged by wild cats, or stoats and dogs, or even rats;
And though extinct for all these years, his loss still sadness brings, and tears.
(The last sighting of a Whēkau in New Zealand was in 1914)
© 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 -
now available on Wirripang’s website.”
- Patrick Thomas
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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
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