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Man Eating Birds
11/1/2012 2:39:32 AM

Extract from the second novel of the Coloured Sands Trilogy

    Benjamin’s heart was pounding for reasons he could not quite define. He knew Australia did not have man-eating birds or he hoped not. The monster bird dropped something that looked like a piece of cloth from its distinctive hooked beak then, with a deafening screech that threatened the eardrums, it was up and gone, soaring ever higher into the cloudless blue sky.

Bill jumped from behind the tree as he buttoned his trousers. ‘Blimey! What the hell goin’ on?’ He put a finger in one ear and shook his head.

‘It would appear one of your native eagles, which happens to be the largest flying creature I have ever witnessed, popped in to pay his respects.’

Benjamin bent forward and picked up the leather strap the bird dropped.

‘Blimey,’ Bill declared, ‘must be tame or somethin’. Never heard of anyone training a wedge-tail.’ The scruffy truck driver put his finger in his other ear and shook his head. ‘They sure as hell scream like a banshee. I can’t believe some bloke could be so stupid to tame one of them huge buggers – dangerous if you ask me. Most people poke a shotgun at them, especially in sheep country where lambs go missing – ugly, cruel buggers, them wedge-tails.’

     Benjamin took little notice of his companion’s raving rant. He was examining the leather strap that was carved rather crudely with his little sister’s name. It was obviously a hatband. Benjamin pushed it into his coat pocket before it cued Bill into an avalanche of questions. His sister Annie or someone attached to her was the suspected bird trainer and that fact he would not believe in a second. There was something weird and mysterious about the incident which gave the word surreal a whole new dimension. The incident had the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream.

      Benjamin Clarke knew nothing of the Dreaming magic of the aboriginal Head Stockman, Mick Lawton who had the powers of a tribal witchdoctor. This man was little Annie’s best friend.

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More Blogs by Barbara Hartmann King
•  Man Eating Birds - Thursday, November 01, 2012  

• THE SIGN POST - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• LOVE IS - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• Poems from The Tan People - - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
• The first novel - a biography of Emily - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Taipans, pig shooters and man eating birds - Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Laugh Kookaburra Laugh - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
• Characters for Country Dramas - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• The Oasis in the Heart of Queensland - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Coloured Sands Dreaming Legend - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• A Hundred Million Years Ago - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Where couples met and Fell in Love - Monday, February 13, 2012
• The Jet-Propelled Emus - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Invitations - requesting your pleasure - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• Love Is - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• The first coat of paint in 100 years - Monday, November 28, 2011
• Happy Jacks and Sand Goannas - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
• The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Monday, November 21, 2011
• Life at Wyuna where the writing began - Friday, November 18, 2011
• A plague of army worm months were the final straw - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Life is about change-Grandfather married again - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
• Raising money for the community in the country - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
• Charity Work in Country Towns -the Lions Club - Monday, November 14, 2011
• Knowledge gleaned from living in the bush for my outback novels. - Sunday, November 13, 2011
• Nature's Cruel Outbursts - Saturday, November 12, 2011
• The Passion and my imagination - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• The Passion - the Personal relationship with the land - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• The Vet said: Your horse will get up Or he will lie there and die - Monday, November 07, 2011
• Once an Inland Sea - more - Sunday, November 06, 2011
• Once an inland Sea - no other explanation - Saturday, November 05, 2011
• Life in the Bush - Fodder for Country Dramas - Friday, November 04, 2011
• Medical Emergencies in the Bush - Thursday, November 03, 2011
• Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
• Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
• Inspiration for Characters of early settlement - Ancestors - Monday, October 31, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Saturday, October 29, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Friday, October 28, 2011

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