The birdwatcher’s creed

There’s an online mag (which also does print) with the most motley crue of articles around. From obama power to greener tyres to albanian fashion to being suspicious of happiness and other curious couplets like those…  i like that UTNE doesn’t seek to be higher (or holier) than thou in their pursuit of knowledge; UTNE simply delights in exploring ideas. Anyone who reads them will find something engaging, and hardly ever be lost or put off by language or rhetorical overkill.

I say that as a happy reader of over 5 years.

This week  is a curious piece about bird-watching:

I find this fidelity to the truth to be one of the most attractive aspects of bird-watching. We all like to brag about the birds we see and hear, but we are also united in our rueful admissions that this or that bird has escaped us this season, this year, or even all our lives so far.

We look forward to the moment when we can truthfully lay claim to a particular bird, or to a higher tally of birds seen this month or this year, or in this place or that.

And when we finally reach our goal, we will tell our friends and fellow bird-watchers, who will share our gratification, because they will have every reason to believe us.

Good phrase that. ‘Fidelity to the truth’.


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