Thursday December 22nd 2011 Tim
I'd like to think the
young Redtail has learned the lessons that might enable him to one day
feed a family. I think he might by now have understood that Crows
are not so much excited to see him, rather they want to steal from him.
I am fairly certain he has discovered that Rabbits, as they age, become
sneaky and well able to look after themselves. And I am quite
certain that he has solved the problem of those little movements in the
grass, that are sometimes breeze, sometimes Mole and sometimes Mouse.
These lessons he will have learned
mostly through a trial and error motivated by hunger and curiosity.
He'll look back on those first weeks alone with the sky and he'll wonder at
how inept he might once have been and how fortunate he has become. As
well I'd like to think that he is wise enough to know there is more to
learn. And I'd like to hope that if he was awake this morning at one
half hour after midnight, he will have thoroughly confirmed the
general opinion that members of the species I belong to can be especially
peculiar when the ecliptic touches an equinox. A serene and beautiful
moment for us, less humbling for him.