What young writers can learn from raptors

Predatory birds are known as ‘raptors’. Its entomology can be traced to the Latin term – rapere – meaning ‘to seize by force’. They are expert hunters, and their sensory capabilities are irrefutable. The prey may be cognizant of these extraordinary skills, but still they are snatched away by force. Large and medium-sized birds of... Continue Reading →

Raptors, falcons and rain-fed philosophers

Some need corns and calluses to take a leap of faith and start anew; others wouldn't dare jump unless they wore boots sturdy enough to land on the moon. I feel intoxicated whenever I see a bird of prey soar high. I have always been fascinated by them. Their dagger-like talons. Anxious mouths with fishhooks for beaks. Beady... Continue Reading →

To believe is to see: Black-Winged Kites

Do I have to make you mine every time I want to make you smile? I have been confusing the Black-Winged Kite with her Black-Shouldered cousin in Australia . Only a week ago did I realize this. I ought to be flagellated and forever sentenced to spend more time with people than with birds. Well, maybe not the latter.... Continue Reading →

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