THE MACAW
THE MACAW

This blue and gold macaw is called Pinto. He and his mate live close by with friends of mine and they are released to fly free most days. I sometimes open my window shutters to find Pinto swinging on the wires outside. His favourite haunt is…

THE SHELL NEST
THE SHELL NEST

Birds’ instinctive and learned artistry in building their nests is a constant source of wonder. Most of us enjoy strolling along a beach, collecting driftwood and shells. However, for some birds this exercise is necessary to build a home and to ensure their chicks are safe.…

WEAVERS NEST
WEAVERS NEST

In Kenya, I watched a Weaver Bird work its magic hanging upside-down as it meticulously knitted blades of grass into an empty cocoon shape. At day’s end a female examined the completed nest and settled in. It was a success. Unacceptable nests are dismantled and tossed…

OWL IN THE FIELD
OWL IN THE FIELD

For the Fallen ‘They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall not grow old, as we are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.’…

OYSTER NATURAL
OYSTER NATURAL

‘He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.’ 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift.