Whenever I see birds flying in the V formation, I assume they are ducks or geese. I photographed this skein a few days ago and later upon closer inspection, realised it was neither. Guided once again by the shape of their bills, I believe it to be a flock of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).

Glossy Ibises in V Formation, 1 November 2019. Copyright 2019 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

I also photographed this bird perched on a stalk of wheat. I am unable to identify it; all I can tell, by the shape of its bill, is that it is insect-eating. I suspect it is a Cisticola; perhaps Levaillant’s Cisticola1 (Cisticola tinniens) as I saw it near a river and according to my bird guide, it is found in marshes and grassland.

A Bird in the Wheat, 1 November 2019. Copyright 2019 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

  1. Update: I am now convinced I have identified it correctly, all my searches confirm it.

On the first of November, I encountered on the slope of a gentle hill at nightfall, a small sedge of Blue Cranes—there were at least thirteen or fifteen in the assembly. I recited to them a poem about one of their kind I completed some time ago, “A Crane at Eventide”—I think it was well-received. I include two of the hasty photographs I took, eager to revel in the encounter without distraction.

Blue Cranes, 1 November 2019. Copyright 2019 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.Blue Cranes, 1 November 2019. Copyright 2019 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.