Yesterday we had a surprise visitor to the island - Bristle-thighed #Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) AKA The #TahitianTreat . Wintering in tropical Pacific Islands most birders see these birds at the top of a boggy hill in #Nome . We had this individual parading on the beach during one of the nicest days I've experienced on Saint Paul. If you haven't heard a recording of the Curlew's bizarre human like whistle - check it out!
Do you think a bird lives in fear of dying? It meets death when death comes, but it is not concerned about death, it is much too occupied with living, with catching insects, building a nest, singing a song, flying for the very joy of flying. Have you ever watched birds soaring high up in the air without a beat of their wings, being carried along by the wind? How endlessly they seem to enjoy themselves! They are not concerned about death. If death comes, it is all right, they are finished. There is no concern about what is going to happen, they are living from moment to moment, are they not? It is we human beings who are always concerned about death, because we are not living. That is the trouble, we are dying, we aren’t not living.