Think before you drop your litter by Alice Ashwell.
The Darter landed in the tree to try and rub the bandage off its beak. This got stuck on a branch and the exhausted bird end up hanging itself.
In a poignant reminder of the fact that pollution kills. Pat was paddling this week and he came across this Darter hanging dead in a tree near the top of Zandvlei.
I once managed to catch a Darter that had speared a sock, and cut it off its beak (which has backward-pointing barbs on it, this makes it impossible for the bird to dislodge something woven).
In this case what looks like a bandage not only got stuck on the bird's beak but then got tangled in the branch of the tree. What a desperate way to go.
The message is think twice about dropping litter.