Shorebirds share love around:
American avocets adopt a duckling in San Francisco Bay; it learns to feed by sweeping its beak from side to side, like they do.
Photo Jarred Barr
See conversation between shorebird scientists who recorded the event and friends at http://on.fb.me/1ouIEZ
Love birds of another kind:
Romance, who loves to nod and sing,
With drowsy head and folded wing,
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been—a most familiar bird—
Taught me my alphabet to say—
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child—with a most knowing eye.
Of late, eternal Condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky.
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings—
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away—forbidden things!
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.
by Edgar Allen Poe
Tugging at the heartstrings:
Bird Stitchers by Mirranda Burton 2010; linocut inks on paper; from the collection of Nillumbik Shire Council