Here is a little Herbert.
You will find him floating up and down, and around and around, the Exe estuary near Dawlish Warren.
He has been floating around and around the Exe estuary near Dawlish Warren for the last 10 years.
Little Herbert is a Slavonian Grebe. He is possibly of noble and esoteric lineage.
Little Herbert, or Sir Herbert as he sometimes prefers to be known, is the only Slavonian Grebe in the Exe estuary. In fact, he is the only Slavonian Grebe in the South-West of England.
He has never had a mate. He will not be the father to other little Herberts. He is all on his little ownsome.
He is not often seen, but if you do, give him a friendly wave. He is not averse to having his picture taken. However, refrain from using flash, as this will make his red eyes look even redder.
Whatever you do, make sure you take account of him on your blog.
For little Sir Herbert, is the last, and only, Slavonian Grebe you will ever be likely to see – in yours, and his, lifetime.
Illustration: Hazel Brown; Words: Ian Nisbet
PS: Little Herbert wants it known, that he is very pleased with Miss Browns illustration. It makes him look like the very best example of his kind. He gives her his most hootiest salute.