Category Archives: birds

The acme of Nature’s redness in tooth and claw

Dalrymple writes that many cuckoos are

  • sly
  • ruthless
  • exploitative
  • parasitic
  • wicked

Why some Welshmen prefer Siam

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-20-47The evil of fridges

R.S. Thomas, Dalrymple notes,

often appeared to prefer birdwatching to human company.

Observation of the beauties of the natural world, particularly the landscape, was for Thomas

a spiritual exercise, a reminder that God has given us all that we need for a fulfilled life. No one could say that he did not attempt to live by his creed.

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-20-51-38Dalrymple says Thomas carried his hatred of the modern world

to seemingly absurd lengths.

His biographer records the poet’s son as saying:

I was obliged to attend church and to listen to him drone on about the evils of fridges. It was the Machine, you see. And washing machines. And televisions. This to a congregation that didn’t have any of these things and were longing for them.

Gwydion Thomas lives in Thailand with his wife Kanjana, who describes their house on the island of Phuket as ‘Sarn-y-Plas with elephants’.

Avian jihad

Anjem Choudary: 'the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar. So we take Jihadseeker's allowance'

Anjem Choudary: ‘the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar. So we take jihadseeker’s allowance’

As chilling as any horror story

Dalrymple points out that Muslim clerical fanatics in England

receive social security payments even as they call for the destruction of the society that pays them.

In this, he notes, they resemble the honeyguide or jihadi-bird, which

lays its egg in a nest of bee-eaters [kafir-birds], which are in a tunnel underground.

The kuffar do not see what is going on, and feed them

Killer chick: ‘grabs a host chick using its bill tip, then repeatedly bites and shakes its victim for up to four minutes at a time’

Killer honeyguide jihadi-chick: its bites lead to haemorrhaging; bee-eater [kafir] chick victims can take up to seven hours to die

Dalrymple quotes from a book by the naturalist Nick Davies:

The honeyguide [jihadi-chick] grabs a host chick using its bill tip, then repeatedly bites and shakes its victim for up to four minutes at a time. The bites rarely cause open wounds, but lead to haemorrhaging under the skin and heavy bruising. From the time of the first attack, they take from nine minutes to seven hours to die.

Because of the darkness, Dalrymple explains, the bee-eaters or kafir-birds

do not see what is going on, and feed the honeyguide chick even as it is killing the bee-eater chicks.

(a) Hatching lesser honeyguide, showing fully developed bill hooks; (b) greater honeyguide chick with three recently killed little bee-eater hatchlings; (c) biting human hand; (d) biting unhatched swallow-tailed bee-eater egg; (e) aged about 8 days.

Angry jihadi-bird: (a) Hatching, showing fully-developed bill hooks; (b) with three little bee-eater kuffar hatchlings it has killed; (c) biting the hand that feeds it; (d) biting unhatched swallow-tailed bee-eater [kafir] egg; (e) aged about eight days