Wednesday, November 15, 2006

One Swallow Doesn't Make A Relationship ...

A group of excited birdwatchers in Lunan Bay, on the coast of Angus in Scotland, were overcome with emotion when they spotted an red-rumped swallow. Apparently, this creature had not been seen in the area for some 20 years ... phone calls to fellow twitchers were hurriedly made, messages of joy were transmitted at lightning speed.

However, the swallow, which is usually to be found in the southern Mediterranean, did not last for long. With utter horror the group watched as a sparrow-hawk dove down and snatched the rare swallow off a roof-top.


Sadly, sparrow-hawks do not belong to any organised conservation group and, therefore, cannot tell the difference between a rare sighting and lunch.

Life's tough enough.



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