We’re lucky to have beau­ti­ful king­fish­ers


The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Opinion -

I was down on the shore of the River An­nan early one morn­ing re­cently when this beau­ti­ful king­fisher came flash­ing past me.

I had to move so slowly with my large cam­era lens to bring it up for a shot as any move­ment or sound would have scared him off.

It’s so much fun to en­joy a spe­cial mo­ment like that – the thrill when you know a wild bird is just a few feet away from you is amaz­ing.

There’s no doubt this is Bri­tain’s most bril­liantly coloured bird and we’re lucky to have it.

Jim Hal­l­i­day, An­nan Gen­der agenda In your fea­ture last week, Scot­tish Labour lead­er­ship con­tender Richard Leonard says he has “a strong track record on gen­der equal­ity”.

But he then con­tra­dicts him­self by stat­ing he’s “been ar­gu­ing in the Labour Party for 25 years for all-fe­male short­lists”.

Surely this is an­ti­male and thus against equal­ity? Tim Mick­le­burgh, Grimsby

Net worth Here is why I shop on­line: when I asked for my reg­u­lar brand of pipe to­bacco at the local su­per­mar­ket, the as­sis­tant told me they no longer stocked it.

“What else do you have then?” I asked.

“I’m not al­lowed to show you,” she replied.

“But how can I choose an­other to­bacco if I don’t know what you have? I asked. She re­mained silent. So I re­turned home and searched the in­ter­net. The on­line shops dis­played a wide choice so I se­lected the to­bacco I wanted and, by or­der­ing a number of pack­ets to re­duce the de­liv­ery charge, the net cost of a 50g packet was only marginally more than that of buy­ing lo­cally. Ian M. Mal­colm, St An­drews Brexit strat­egy The SNP lead­er­ship wants us to fo­cus on the ill-feel­ing they are seek­ing to gen­er­ate over Brexit.

What they do not want us to think about are the con­se­quences if they even­tu­ally take us out of the UK and back into the EU.

This would hand­ing all those pow­ers back to Europe and, if JeanClaude Juncker gets his way, a great deal more across fi­nance, de­fence and cur­rency as his vision of a Euro­pean su­per­state con­tin­ues to take shape. Keith Howell, West Lin­ton

And fi­nally... What starts with E, ends with E, but only has one letter in it?


Steve Miller, Haw­ick

Reader Jim Hal­l­i­day’s snap of the king­fisher

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