I just want to clear something up before we begin this Friday’s Fillip. No worries: not a philippic. More of a prolegomenon really. It has to do with birds, as you might imagine, and more to the point, with a seeming interest in birds. See, the thing is that some people think that birding is the natural result of being retired, along with sporting Tilley hats and acquiring RVs. Isn’t true. I know lots of people who noticed birds even before they retired. And another thing: I know I’ve posted about birds before in the Friday Fillip spot, but that doesn’t make me a birder, okay? I am retired, though. More or less. I lost my Tilley hat; it floated away during a canoe trip.
With that cleared out of the way, I offer you a lyrebird, courtesy of the Daily Mail and David Attenborough. The British nature broadcaster (also retired, no I come to think of it) was recently the subject of a poll to identify viewers favourite scenes from his various TV shows. The winner was a clip (Windows Media File) involving a Superb Lyrebird in Australia. I’ll leave the explanation to Attenborough, but I’ll simply say that you’ll be blown away by the bird’s ability to mimic certain sounds. Promise.