Thirsty Ravens

Raven drinking water from a bottle top with  the telescopes of the Roque de Los Muchachos behind
Flying is thirsty work

Raven poop on the door of my car
There’s gratitude for you!

After tour guiding yesterday I went up to the Roque hoping for a chat with the ravens. They turned up all right, but they didn’t seem as interested as usual in the biscuits on offer. It turned out that they were really thirsty. I was rather surprised, because birds have such good kidneys that they need very little water. In any case, there’s a water tap with a little pool under it beside the park warden’s hut only twenty metres away, but I suppose that would mean getting down to shin level amongst people the ravens didn’t know. Once I looked at it like that, I could see why they’d feel twitchy about it. It made me feel privileged that they trusted me.

And then just before they flew off, they showed their gratuitude – all down the door of my car. Actually birds often do poop just before they fly. I suppose it reduces the weight.

In other news, I’ve written 100 words a day on the novel for 4 days straight. That’s ridiculously slow, but it’s getting easier, so I hope to be able to speed up soon.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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