I got called outside by a terrible racket in the back garden. It sounded like a full-on row between two pairs of hadedas. Now, ONE of them squawking and screeching is bad enough, but all FOUR of them? An ear-splitting din!
When I came rushing out, I barely caught a glimpse of them on the lawn, and ontop of the fence, before they scattered.
Huge shadows reminding me of the Nazgul in Lord of the Rings swept over me in all directions, as they flapped almost silently to the nearest trees and rooftops.
It was eerily quiet all of a sudden.
I went back inside to get my camera and took some happy snaps of the one perched ontop of our chimney-pot.
Suddenly it caught sight of a rival in a nearby tree – SQUAWK!!!!
And then it gave me the beady eye:
They sure are magnificent birds. I wonder what message they carry?