Ordinary Life and Rare Birds

Excellent thoughts from the Blog of Baphomet.

The Blog of Baphomet

I’m on a train, and out of the window I see a red kite, Milvus milvus, circling high above. I notice it, with pleasure, but without any thrill as it is such a normal sight. I settle back in my seat. Then I remember, the first time I saw red kites; a pair, circling together, from a cliff path in Cornwall 26 years ago. I was 21, and walking some of the South West Coast Path, and I had never seen this bird species before. I stood still, and felt the sense of a special moment, recording that scene in my mind’s eye in case it never appeared again.

Contrasting these two sightings, I wondered; which was better? And I decided, after some thought, that the second one was far far nicer.

Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno. Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno.

Because, the thrill of the rare is all very…

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~ by Sable Aradia on June 4, 2014.

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