What exactly is a ‘hægtes’, and how do you draw one if you don’t know what it is?Read more "Hild’s bynames #4: Hægtes"
Image description: Black and white drawing of a hedgehog with its face lifted, snuffing the air after truffling about in the forest litter at its feet. The parts of the forest litter that are identifiable are elm leaves and twigs, oak leaves, and two acorns. I did this post a couple of weeks ago on […]Read more "Hild’s Bynames #3: Little Prickle"
The taxonomic name for the great grey shrike, Lanius excubitor, is Latin for butcher sentinel. Sentinel because of the way shrikes stand tall on top of a post, as both a warning and declaration of territory: they practically shriek vigilance and eagerness to tangle. (They remind me of new bouncers at a club: overready to get into it.) And butcher because they spike their prey—smaller birds, mice, lizards, bees, crickets—on thorns and barbed wire fencing, like feathery little Neroes playing with Christians.Read more "Hild’s bynames #2: Butcher-bird"
Exploring one of Hild’s bynames, freemartin. The first of an occasional series.Read more "Hild’s bynames #1: Freemartin"