Hello again! Been home from Bali almost 2 weeks, Corona virus has spread far more, glad we arn’t out there travelling now, lots of hand-washing and care to you all! I do hope it wont impact too badly on any of you.
Today something unexpected and charming occurred- our old magpie pair haven’t produced babies for years but keep trying – building nests, taking food we give them back to the nests. Our geneticist friends, Pete and Jane, who are also magpie experts, think our pair are weirdos, trying to reproduce out of season etc. Father magpie, Dadita, turned up today, happily eating food I threw down onto the deck as usual; shortly thereafter, to my great astonishment, a baby appeared, so I put some food on the railing for it, stood back a little and before the baby could get to it, Dadita, grabbed it. I shooed him away, put more food out and behold, a second baby arrived! So there you have it, two healthy little magpies who no doubt will be eating from our hands in due course. My face could barely contain my grin!
Those following my Bali journal on the Home Page under Posts can now go to Travel Writing, Bali 2020, and find photo-documentation of the trip with headings mirroring the journal entries. Enjoy.