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AVIAN CANNIBALS

FRIDAY 8th JANUARY 2021

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.
Which can be found by following the link below..

Prompt ~CANNIBALIZING AIRFRAMES

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AVIAN CANNIBALS

by John Yeo

A powerful hawk left his chicks safe in the nest

Seeking food for his family, flying fast and high 

Swooping low in the treetops he began his quest.

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A flock of pigeons across the treetops progressed

Unaware of the danger patrolling the sky

When the hungry hawk left his chicks in the nest.

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The attack was silent and sudden, the prey distressed,

A bird was swiftly snatched in the blink of a hawk eye.

Swooping low in the treetops he returned to his nest.

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The tiercel and her chicks feasted on pigeon breast 

Leaving the skeletal frame in the nest picked dry

The powerful hawk left his chicks safe in the nest.

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A fierce golden eagle flying South by South-West

Snatched the unwary hawk with a screeching cry

Swooping low in the treetops he’d begun his quest.

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This killer eagle was hunted, harried and oppressed

His feathers used for decoration, shot from the sky

A motherly hawk left her chicks safe in the nest

Swooping low in the treetops she began her quest.

© Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

Notes……Cannibalizing airframes 

   The airplane design was inspired and modelled on birds

Airplanes have wings, just like birds. They also have a light skeleton (or framework) to decrease their weight, and they have a streamlined shape to decrease drag. The big difference is that airplanes do not flap their wings.

The airframe of birds is composed of a body, a skeleton and a variety of multi coloured feathers

Hawks cannibalize smaller birds

Humanity eats their flesh and eggs and uses their feathers for decoration.

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