“Between the blue nut of the Ashen Turntree

and the Twintail Kingfisher’s belly

stand the mighty Mahurdon herd.

Bitter is its shell, impervious to needle beak.

Competition with the white breasted Shrike is fierce, for its young must also be fed.

Satisfaction is not easily gained, hunger is a harsh ruler.

The Kingfisher stabs once, twice, failing, it takes flight.

The Mahurdon is easily startled.”

-Excerpt from Raman Yvanzigiel’s amended Big Birding Book.