watched / watching John Berger

Eastern Water Dragon, Coffs Botanic Gardens

The eyes of an animal when they consider man are attentive and wary . . .

Kookaburra watching our picnic, Shelly Beach, Nambucca. They are thieves.

The zoo cannot but disappoint.

Zoo, Valla Beach

The public purpose of zoos is to offer visitors the opportunity of looking at animals.

Tawny Frogmouth in our garden, taking a peek

Yet nowhere in a zoo can a stranger encounter the look of an animal.

Pied Cormorant, Coffs Harbour marina

At the most, the animal’s gaze flickers and passes on.

A pair of roos beside our garden, Valla Beach. Jagun NR behind.

They look sideways.

Grey-headed Flying Fox in our garden, Valla Beach

They look blindly beyond.

Male Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Emerald Beach, with surfers



John Berger, Why Look at Animals? (1977) Pantheon, 1980, p2, 26.


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