The strange, almost haunting noise that reverberates periodically, day or night, through Kamini valley has apparently had locals perplexed for the past couple of years—a sound so unlike the familiar braying donkeys, crowing roosters, yapping dogs, and yowling cats that it has caused many to wonder as to its source.
I was sitting on our terrace recently with a local mate, Pavlos, over morning coffee when it happened again.
It’s a din difficult to describe, perhaps like some deep-based, demented didgeridoo or a beast from a foreign jungle, but certainly not like anything native to our island.
“What is that?” he asked.
“You don’t know?” I answered, surprised that he didn’t as locals know just about everything that occurs in our little valley. “My dear fellow, it’s the call of a horny ostrich.”
In a field behind Sotiris’s mansion situated at the back of our gorge is a small flock of these enormous, flightless African birds. Some people keep canaries, others parrots, but Sotiris’s pets are a little more exotic.
“The male ostrich is an enthusiastic courter and announces his desire vocally enough for all to hear,” I explained.
Pavlos chuckled. “Well, that solves a mystery many of us have been wondering about for years.”
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