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I WAS slightly amused, but also a bit irritated, when watching an otherwise worthy and serious nature programme on television on the evening of Tuesday, June 2, to learn that the somewhat exotic species of bird known as bustards as being reintroduced into Britain.

The first female bustard in Britain in modern times to produce avian offspring was given the rhyming name Custard (Bustard) and her chicks have been named Rhubarb and Crumble.

A second female bustard named Fanny has chicks to name also, and I wonder what other ridiculous names will be suggested, in this case by viewers to the television programme concerned. I admit to having little knowledge of birds but, while deriving enjoyment from the nature photography in the programme, including that of a bustard in full plumage, should we not treat these rare (in Britain) birds with more underlying respect than the bestowing of such daft names would indicate? Facetiously, it occurred to me that, if you alter one letter in the word bustard, you end up with a rather rude word, which some may have been tempted to use recently when criticising our parliamentarians. Who also could be alleged to have had fine feathers judging by their reported expenses, while not necessarily being fine birds.

Michael O'Neill Railway Terrace Penarth

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 8, 2009
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