Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Monday, 1 July 2013

Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly...

...turbines just give them a new way to die.

(with apologies to Noel Harrison)

Round. ..
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel,
So the turbines of the Islands
Dance their ever-spinning reel.
Then one lone and ardent twitcher
On a sunny afternoon
Gets a glimpse of something special,
Calls his friends and pretty soon
Eager crowds of them are rushing
To that bare and lonely place;
"Hirundapus caudacutus!" 
Eager smiles on every face
Until they reach the spot and find
What the windmills left behind....

(Picture from Fox News)

Meanwhile, you might like to investigate the Guardian Environment blog's unique approach to the story and savour the use of their magic word:
Predictably, some people, who have shown little interest in bird conservation before, have sought to martyr this poor bird for their anti-windfarm cause. This is as offensive as it is irrational.


  1. /applause

    That song's a favourite of mine too :)

  2. Thank you - I hope I haven't spoiled a great song for you.

    Though everyone probably knows the tune, I couldn't resist putting in the clip of Noel Harrison; a reminder of the days when British singers didn't perform in a nasal transatlantic drawl.