It is a bit of a standing joke that my dad will excitedly jump to attention saying "Jilly! Look, Jilly!" to his ever faithful wife as he points out a very ordinary bird exhibiting very ordinary bird behaviour.
Today, however, I have to say his "Jilly! Look, Jilly!" cry was the start of a bit of excitement.
I really wasn't quite sure what I was looking at as he pointed out a young bird in my garden. I grabbed my camera and my long lens and tried to capture a few shots to make sense of what I was seeing. I'm still not completely sure.
Was it some sort of tumour, a strange conjoined twin phenomenon or do you get hunchbacked birds?
The strangely deformed feathered fellow seemed quite happy hopping around the lawn and even posed for a few more photographs.
I've certainly never seen anything like it before in my garden. Any ideas?