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Alphabet of Animals: A–E

Mike Unwin has been making the most of his lockdown time by creating some lovely wildlife poems.

Inspired by his wildlife photos, author and nature writer Mike Unwin has been making the most of his lockdown time by creating some wonderful little alphabet poems.

A is for… Andean cock-of-the-rock

Andean cock-of-the-rock, Manu National Park, Peru
Photographed in Manu National Park, Peru, 2013, with the Crees Foundation

A is for Andean cock-of-the-rock
Whose colourful feathers would make a fine frock
An outfit to help you stand out in a crowd
(Were frocks made from birds not by law disallowed)

B is for… Blue whale

Blue whale, Azores, Pico Island
Photographed off Pico Island, the Azores, 2014, with Archipelago Choice

B is for Blue whale, biggest of all
Much bigger than even your average town hall
Far longer than sixty baguettes end to end
More impressive by far than this poem I’ve penned

C is for… Chimp

Chimpanzee, Kibale National Park, Uganda
Photographed in Kibale National Park, Uganda, 2017, with Rainbow Tours

C is for Chimp – this considerate ape
Is concerned that humanity’s not in great shape
With Covid-19 causing fear and frustration
He’d help, if he wasn’t in self-isolation

D is for… Dik-dik

Dik-dik, Shaba National Park, Kenya
Photographed in Shaba National Park, Kenya, 2014, with Cheli & Peacock

D is for dainty, diminutive Dik-dik
Tiniest guest at the antelope picnic
The troublesome name isn’t one that it chose
It would rather be known for its curious nose

E is for… Eland

Eland, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Photographed in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, 2019, with Natural World Safaris

E is for Eland, an antelope giant
Whose weight would demolish a Robin Reliant
Imposing in stature; of temperament mild
It shrinks at rebukes from a four-year-old child

Discover more of Mike’s daily poems on his Instagram.

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