The Return


embroidery by Jock Blake2004
embroidery by Jock Blake 2004

 I have written several poems about the ospreys at Kielder Water and yesterday I heard of the arrival back of two pairs.   I wanted to celebrate.  You can find a more sensible account at with lots of pictures from the two nestcams – those poor birds get no privacy for their amorous reunions. You can donate to the Kielder Opsreywatch programme here.

The Return

From far Western Africa,
a voyage of epic proportion
brings back to the Northlands
two pairs of familiar beings,
determined to reclaim their home.
Long awaited with anxiety,
landing witnessed with delight.

Through prolonged and foul migration
they battle to survive,
their effort late rewarded:
triumphal,  they arrive alive.
Crucial nestoration
begins to prepare the home
for mates and brood to share.

Shy of human company
their world is wild and watery –
piscean game their quarry.
Once pairing has begun
he fishes with brave tenacity,
dives into Kielder water
in a shower of diamonds
to feed and teach their young
until the rookies fly.


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8 Responses to The Return

  1. Lovely poem. Nature has a friend in you 🙂


  2. rosross says:

    A picture painted with words.


  3. Oh, VIV!! This is delightful!! I love these beings of which you speak!! I enjoy so much the details you chose to share…what it entails to be one of these amazing creatures. Thank you! 🙂


  4. So vivid and detailed, it’s a wonderful story within a poem.:)


  5. joannadailey says:

    Hi Viv, some great imagery in your poem!


  6. thehutts says:

    Great poem Mum. I have approved the pingback on the Kielder Osprey blog and posted on my facebook page. Sally


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