Posted by Graeme Lyons , Saturday, 27 October 2012 07:29


The process by which a wild plant or animal, through being particularly well marked, rare and cute, is rendered down to the level of a sickly-sweet pudding in the eyes of drooling Internet obsessed naturalists.

I just had to get hold of some decent photos of the Desert Wheatear (or Dessert Wheatear as I think you'll find fits better - but Pudding Wheatear is a step too far?). A big thanks to Juliet and Chris Moore who took the top and bottom shots respectively. It really does look good enough to eat. In fact, I might put this bird right up there as one of my all time favourites. It leads to one burning question though. Is there a Starter Wheatear and what does it taste like? I mean look like?

No wheatears (of any kind) were consumed during the writing of this post and the author does not in any way condone the eating of wheatears. Now has anyone ever noticed how much Great Shearwaters look like Vienetta?

5 Response to "Dessertification"

Lou Mary Says:

This is a very pretty fluffy looking bird!

Gibster Says:

Not sure about a Starter Wheatear, but I like to start my day with a nice bowl of Corncrakes and washed down with a cuppa PG Tips.

Jomo Says:


BagginsTim Says:

I was lucky enough find a Desert Wheatear on the east coast of yorkshire back in the 70's (think it was 5th uk record) so this brings back memories .. nice one. Terrific blog mate, you have a new follower!

Tim@Timbobaggins Abroad

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