We went to the Linton Animal Farm near Shaka’s Kraal on the Natal North Coast for Fathers’ Day. More pics of that to follow, but on the SidevieW theme of ‘A little bird told me’, the gander in the middle here told us in no uncertain terms to ‘SCRAM!’ He attacked Younger Daughter and inflicted some painful bites through fairly thick jeans to raise large goosebumps (ganderbumps?) on her leg, of which these are a couple:
Then he tried it on me, and I tapped his beak hard. After that he went for Son-in-Law, who grabbed him by the neck and swung him away like tossing a bag. It seemed an effective strategy, so each of the twice more times he came at me during the course of the morning I did the same. This did seem to discourage him.
As usual, I nearly jumped out of my skin the other day when another little bird – a Hadeda ibis – made a remark unexpectedly while flying directly over my head. The remark was:
Do I hear quibbles that both of these are not little birds? They are in relation to an ostrich, so sheddep or I’ll point you out to the gander.
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