The material for this poem came from the fascinating and detailed Kielder Osprey blog, most of the facts from the Timeline 2013 section. There are some spectacular videos as well as the daily updates and photos. At nest 1 there are two birds, White YA and Mrs YA, with at least two eggs so far and at Nest 2, Yellow 37 and Mrs Yellow 37 with three eggs. I wasn’t able to fit in the fact that not only being principal fish provider, the male takes his turn at incubating to allow the female to stretch her wings.
Ospreys back in force at Kielder
anxiously watched through telescope
Safely at the nest is YA, the builder.
Then arrive two womenfolk
to interfere, poke here and there
tweak hollow of moss and grass, bespoke
for safe warm place for eggs where
they will stay and incubate –
black-headed temptress or wife of last year.
Faithless male is willing to mate
with both many times – an alluring display,
but cad and newbie settle down to wait
through anxious days til she’s ready to lay
without backward thought of old wife scorned –
who has been seen, ready to play
the courtship game if new husband is found.
Cad and dark new wife are content
To fête success when home is adorned
with brown-speckled eggs til she is spent,
portent of future ospreys at Kielder.
This botched and clumsy attempt at a Terza Rima is written for dVerse. I don’t know why I found it so difficult – maybe because I was trying to force it into pentameter form. In the end I gave up and settled for tetrameter. I was also anxious to meet the deadline for Mister Linky. Mistake. Last time I wrote a Terza Rima it took days and then more days.