I am speaking of Sillem’s Mountain Finch, a pretty grey and white bird the size of a sparrow which was spotted by chance and photographed by a French nature photographer Yann Muzika as he walked on the Tibetan plateau. There is much excitement about the sighting within the bird world, and it interested me enormously too. It may seem nothing to you, and in itself the re-discovery of a small bird in a far-away country means nothing, perhaps; to me, however, it is continuing confirmation of the enduring power of nature, and that she can surprise us still.
In our human world, as the old status quo crumbles to make way for the new, the proof of the need for this accumulates as we learn hidden truths about Savile, police cover –ups, political threats and lies, corruption and deception. I am speaking of what is to come as well as what is front page news today, and I speak of many countries not just the UK. On a day like today, when a plethora of negative news is being reported, a good news story is welcome, and as I thought about the Tibetan Finch I remembered that there always is good news somewhere whether it is a report tucked away in a back page or in the deeper meaning of the latest scandal. I intend to look for it from now on, every day, particularly when it is a day filled with gossip and judgment.
A report on the sighting of the Sillem Mountain Finch can be read here