Fruit Falcon – 2

The fruits of the chenet grow in bunches on trees, which grow up to 30m high. The Falcon flies past the tree at high speed and snatches one or two of the ovoid-shaped fruit in its talons before landing on a branch. It cuts open the rigid skin of the chenet and peels it off,Continue reading “Fruit Falcon – 2”

The Fruit Falcon of St Lucia – 1

The Fruit Falcon of St Lucia is unique in the Falco genus in being the only one that hunts for fruit, although the bird’s hunting methods resemble those of the other members of the genus. The falcon stands about a foot high, with a wingspan of approximately 18 inches. The fruit of the ackee growsContinue reading “The Fruit Falcon of St Lucia – 1”

Toasted Caiman – 2

This method comes in very useful when the caiman attacks its most famous prey, the Electric Eel. The bodies of these eels contain electric organs with about 6,000 specialized cells called electrocytes that store power like batteries. When threatened, these cells will emit a burst of at least 600 volts. When a Toasted Caiman seesContinue reading “Toasted Caiman – 2”

The Toasted Caiman – Part 1

The Toasted Caiman, also known as the Lesser Black Caiman, is found in the rivers of South America. Its range is from Surinam to Peru, with the main concentration in the 880,000 square kilometre Orinoco Basin on the borders of Colombia and Venezuela. This caiman grows to a length of around five metres and isContinue reading “The Toasted Caiman – Part 1”

The Flying Weasels of Sierra Leone – 1

Weasels are stealthy and cunning creatures. They know the best way they can achieve what they want. In Sierra Leone, weasels in the forest live almost exclusively in the trees and rarely venture down to the forest floor where their lives might be in danger. Weasels quickly worked out that to move from tree toContinue reading “The Flying Weasels of Sierra Leone – 1”

Tomcat Tompkins – Chapter 3

Tomcat opened the car door, leapt out, and did 50 press-ups on the pavement, just to get the stiffness out of his back and neck. Having completed these, he jumped over the garden gate and slammed his large hand against the black-painted front door of the house a few times. The birds stopped singing andContinue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Chapter 3”

Coconut Shy – Part 2

The other throwing events follow the pattern of the rest of the games and involve athletes hurling discuses, javelins, and hammers at a coconut. In the discus the coconut is set on a plinth at a distance of 55 metres from the throwing circle. If the discus lands within two metres of the coconut theContinue reading “Coconut Shy – Part 2”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3

Sheila opened the front door and shouted “Hello everyone I’m home.” The silence was almost audible. All she could hear was the cat miaowing. Sheila took off her shoes and went into the kitchen. Her husband, Walter, was sitting at the table pressing his Blackberry with a pointer. He was frowning with concentration. “Hello Walter,Continue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2

Sheila waited at the bus stop. After 10 minutes the bus arrived. There were a few seats available. Sheila sat next to a young man wearing headphones. The bus started off. Immediately, he stood up and stared at her. “Do you want to get off?” asked Sheila. The youth stared at her. Sheila gesticulated atContinue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2”