Lesson four was to use descriptive words for sound.
Nighttime and early morning on the farm.
Night time on the farm. The Birds finish their day’s work by singing their last songs before darkness falls. People rush home from work. Some high-pitched or low-pitched vehicle sounds depend on how slow or fast they move on the narrow road. Always in a hurry. Late at night or early morning, some boy racers screech past, stepping on the brake and gas to get the most noise out of the tyres burning the tarmac. It starts with a far-off metallic chirping, changing to a full blast of jarring ear-piercing noise when all hell breaks loose in tyres doing burnouts.
“More-Pork, more-pork”, the last call from New Zealand’s owl calling its mate before going to bed for the day.
“Cock-a-doodle-do” next door’s cockerel followed up on the Morepork.
Morning has broken
Like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird (Cat Stephens)
Birds sing melodic wake-up songs in the trees.
The hens cluck while scratching in the grass, looking for bits to eat.
Two Paradise Duck whoosh overhead, whoop-whooping their dismay to the world that they have an intruder. Paradise Ducks pair for life and can’t take it when other ducks come into their nesting space. A Magpie swoops down to the duck’s nest. Suddenly two plovers shriek and dive onto the Magpie. Mr Magpie, happy with his movement, flies with clapping wings into a tree. There, he gives a richly melodious outing to his feelings. Magpies are very bossy and just take over where they can.
Again, the plovers started squealing with excitement. This time a hawk floated silently on the lookout for something to eat. The plovers fly and duck like dive bombers at the hawk. Best of all, the Magpie joined in the chase.
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world (Morning has broken; Cat Stephens))
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