David Profumo

Buggering the Bittern

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Not so long ago, a Hebridean gamekeeper of some notoriety was arraigned before the island sheriff for being in possession of a dead corncrake. When asked why he had killed it, he replied simply that he liked eating them, and was duly sentenced. Out of curiosity, the beak then enquired what this rare creature tasted like: ‘Weel, now,’ came the considered response, ‘I’d say it was some way betwixt a peregrine and an osprey.’

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