Just A Pigeon

 Just A Pigeon

Some people that I knew at the time said “why bother he’s –  just a pigeon”. I didn’t see it that way when I was driving under a train bridge, and a little pigeon fell out of his overhead nest, and fluttered to the ground. His mother was distraught –  frantically and repeatedly swooping down to where he lay on the ground.  I parked my car and went over to the roadside. His eyes were open and I could see a faint, twitching movement in his feet. I’m sure that he was stunned and probably very frightened.

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What Is An Andean Condor Doing With A Bull?

The Andean Condor

The Andean Condor is an endangered bird! That should mean something – but it seems that in Peru – even though this magnificent creature is deemed to be sacred and is revered by the people – it is NOT safe. In 2004 it became illegal to catch an Andean Condor. However in the Yawar festivals the birds are captured and then paraded through the streets to a bull ring. On the way – festival goers who have often imbibed  too many spirits – pluck out the feathers for good luck. As many as 55 of these festivals are held every year.

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Fish – Where Do They Fit In?

Fish 

I remember being in France one summer years ago. I wandered down to a dock in the little village where I was staying. Two gnarled fishermen were sitting on faded canvas and wooden chairs – smoking and watching the day.  They had a big bucket between them. A wooden mallet lay on the dock. It seemed like a slow fish day. I sat down on the dock with a book to wile away some time.

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Birds – Is It Easy Being A Bird?

Birds

Often – when I see a bird in flight – swooping low and climbing again – I’m reminded of the words of the profoundly beautiful poem written by John Gillespie. He died at the age of 19 during WW2. The poem was written about his experience as a pilot in The Royal Canadian Air Force – but it has always made me think about how a bird must see the world.

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