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Why the great tit wears a tie and the blue tit a cap (050)

Why the great tit wears a tie and the blue tit a cap (050)

Great tits and blue tits have adapted to human beings. They are happy to visit our gardens in wintertime and enjoy the strings of peanuts and fat balls. Just take a look some time at the black stripe across the breast of the great tits. They vary in width from one bird to another. Did […]

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SEAGULL, Rough, clever and noisy (079)

SEAGULL, Rough, clever and noisy (079)

Lying with my back against the dunes I often enjoy watching the white seagulls with their black wing tips standing out against the blue sky while they quietly let themselves be carried on the thermals. Then I fantasize about the origins of their behaviour. This resulted in the story below. At the end of the […]

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How the sea eagle came to have sharp eyesight, the SEA EAGLE (78)

How the sea eagle came to have sharp eyesight, the SEA EAGLE (78)

What a powerful presence an eagle emanates. No wonder the Greeks saw the bird as being the right hand of the supreme god Zeus. And that kings, emperors and other rulers have been keen to use this king of the birds as a symbol to enhance their own  importance: its image decorates many flags, weapons […]

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A party that got out of hand, the Witch’s Broom (072)

A party that got out of hand, the Witch’s Broom (072)

They are easy to spot in birch trees in the autumn and the winter: one or more branches with a large number of smaller side growth. The so-called Witches Broom. How these resulted from a wild growth of twigs and involved witches is the subject of the following tale whose roots certainly lie in medieval […]

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“Eat yourself young!”, apples (075)

“Eat yourself young!”, apples (075)

From the time of the Hesperides in Ancient Greece up until the era of Snow White’s stepmother, the apple has been one of the most important fruits figuring in myths, legends and fairy tales. It is always pictured in a positive light. Could this be due to the apple having a healthy image because of […]

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