Napowrimo #7: The Flightless Falcon

On oceanic islands
under endless sky
many birds evolve without
the ability to fly.

The Inaccessible Island Rail,
the Stephens Island Wren,
the RĂ©union Sacred Ibis
and St Helena Swamphen:

all flightless; nearly all extinct;
but none were stranger than
the Flightless Falcon that once lived
on an island near Japan.

It was a ruthless hunter,
and would perch upon a rock
until below there waddled past
a Flightless Pigeon flock.

It swooped down at its prey;
and if it missed it then
it walked back over to its rock
and clambered up again.

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