For My Foreign Readers.
A Plover is a Ground Nesting Australian Native Bird.
Bert and Maggie Plover have shared the same Nest.
For going on Eight Years now.
And every Year another Chick is Born.
Bert and Maggie do their best to Fledge Chick
In the best way that they could.
Those Chicks were the best raised Chicks
In the whole Plover Neighbourhood.
Bert and Maggie first met on the edge of the local Lake.
Where all the Plover Socialised.
At first they didn’t notice each other.
But when their Eyes met.
Their Hearts started to beat as One.
Their Feathers touched and interlocked.
It was Plove at first sight.
They looked at each other all starry Eyed.
And Romanced deep into the Night.
Plovers Nest on the Ground.
So they are always on the look out.
An Attack can come from anywhere.
Cats and Foxes are a constant menace.
Plover Eggs are a good source of Protein
If an Attacker gets to close.
Bert and Maggie will fake an Injury
To lure them away from the next of Kin.
Bert and Maggie try their best.
But sometimes You lose and sometimes You win.
A Broken Shell on the Ground can mean the lose of
a whole Generation.
So the luring away skills have to be top notch.
And Eight Years is Old in Dog Years.
And also in Plover Years.
Bert is getting Old and slow.
He really could use a Walker.
While Maggie is Younger and growing Impatient.
She is a bit of an acid Tongue Squawker.
Maggie suggests that they start to nest someplace safer.
Maybe up in a Tree?
But Bert is an Old Traditionalist.
He wants to keep Nesting on the Ground.
Where Plovers have Nested for Millions of Years.
But Maggie is persistent and insistent
They should Nest up Above.
Bert mutters under His Breath ‘We are Plovers not Doves’
But of course being Female Maggie gets Her way.
And they Nest way up in a Tree
But with no experience at Tree Nest building
The Eggs fall to the Ground Broken and Unfertilised.
Will Maggie keep up with the stupid suggestions
Or will She be wise?
They are supposed to be in this Union together
But Maggie has Bert by the Balls
And She isn’t letting go.
The Second Bert has a thought of His own
Maggie reaches into His Brain and rips it out
She is the Boss in the Relationship.
Of this there is no doubt.
Well Bert is Nobodies Patsy.
And even though Plovers are supposed to Mate for Life.
He finds Himself staying away from the Nest.
Which by the way is back on the Ground.
Where it should be.
Bert starts to go on long Solo Flights
Enjoying the Peace and quiet.
He is looking for something
But He is not sure what
But He will know when He finds it.
Course Life with Maggie at the moment
Is just a Bottomless Pit.
On One of His solo Flights
A Female Plovers Call catches His Ear
And even though He knows He should keep Flying
Bert starts looking for a Place to Land
He is tired of Flying Solo.
So He skids to a stop in the Sand.
The young Female Plover is Prancing around shaking Her
She has finally got Berts Attention
But when Bert gets closer
The Young Plover does a double Take
What She thought was a Young Dude.
Is nothing but an old feather duster
She just turns Her Back and says’ On Your Bike Buster’
Well Bert’s Ego has taken a hit
He knows that He isn’t a Young Plover anymore
But He isn’t an Old Boiler either
All He wants is a little Plove and understanding
Some Tenderness and a Shoulder to Cry on
Bert Flies away Singing a Sad lonely Song
Bert just Flies around and around.
He doesn’t know where to go.
But then He starts to think about Maggie
Remembering when They were Courting
Where Their Feathers would rub together
And their Beaks would touch
Bert starts to Cry.
It is all becoming too much
While Bert was reminiscing
Without knowing it
He is Flying closer and closer to Home
He Lands not knowing where He is
Amongst the Reeds He Sits and ponders
Where can He go Who can He turn to?
Bert doesn’t know if He Dreaming or not
But He can Hear Maggie’s Voice
Bert just stands there listening to the Words
From His Dearest Maggie.
The Prettiest of all the Birds.
‘Bert please come back I miss You with all of My Heart’
‘I cant bear it when We are not together’
‘I know I can be a bit overbearing and Bossy’
‘But I promise to be more understanding’
‘Instead of talking I will start to Listen’
‘Please come Home My One True Plove My One true Love’
‘You are My One and only Plover My One and only Lover’
Bert looks up and He can See Maggie sitting on the Nest
Only Twenty Feet away.
Bert wipes His Eyes and Walks towards Her.
And this time He is here to Stay.