Category Archives: Birds

Really Awfully Featherbrained.


  For conversation that is wise There’s nothing that’s still finer Than, you will note with some surprise, The talkative Hill Myna.   They out-talk crows, and parrots too, And make a lot more sense than The politicians ever do … Continue reading

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Atop or at the Foot – RIP Peta


Atop, as the latest photo challenge, has made the picture I found of Peta the budgie, who departed life this evening, rather apt.  Peter was donated to us by young R’s preschool in 2011 after he had been retired from active service there … Continue reading

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Swanning Around


On seeing the title of the Weekly Photo Challenge of Graceful two photos sprang to mind from our December UK visit, and I had selected both before noticing that the one by Ben Huberman also features swans.  Well, too bad, or … Continue reading

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Back to (what counts for us as) Normal


Some progress has been made with unpacking, dismantling and boxing the loads of Christmas decorations, reducing the grounds from jungle to garden, and preparations for the start of the school year. I was hoping to see some yachts in action, … Continue reading

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A Really Awful Calling Card


A previous post told you that An ibis is ‘tops’ with poo-pat; The proof on this screen Shows where one has been, And indicates how they do splat!  © December 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)

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A Really Awful Word(le) on a Bird Turd


Mess window in driveway, then add more To sit on screen; adhesion law Forms film across the glass a way; Inside car,  I take from tray, A pot of cleaner; washers spray And handle it; now my intent? Dislike for … Continue reading

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Time of Year to Fly a Kite


The Yellow-billed kite Milvus aegyptius parasitus takes a holiday up in north Africa between breeding sessions, and returns from about August onwards to get back to business. At first, groups of them are common, but as summer gets into gear … Continue reading

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