To enjoy all the benefits of our website
The natural world did not really feature in my history books growing up, but it should have done.
Naturally, I was delighted to discover these crepuscular clans of tiny, leather-clad aviators.
After particularly grand storms, that is.
No amount of PR can disguise how different subsistence hunting is from its more leisurely cousin.
The call is plaintive, at times, sometimes rising in excitement, persistent enough to be an integral part of the twilight hours.
Nose twitching, tail thumping, he could have been in a wild hunt through snowy woods or a puppyhood memory that we’d accuse him of being unable to form.
That combination of long stillness with moments of extraordinary speed and precision.
The avian magicians spend months at sea, never touching land and taking only a moment’s rest now and then.
Training an animal, Pavlov-style, to do human-designed tricks is one thing, but to have it come, voluntarily, to music practice is quite another.
Frightened, I shook my head. “Of course you do,” he grinned, opening the sack.
These brief seasons occur throughout the year, the slight lull before the snowdrops; the stillness of midsummer when all growth is at its height.