~ 113. The Halcyon and her Nest ~
The halcyon built her nest on a cliff near the ocean where she and her chicks would be safe from hunters.
One day when the halcyon left the nest to go find food for her chicks, a great ocean wave came crashing over the rocks. It swept the nest away, and the halcyon chicks all drowned.
When the mother came back to the nest, she saw what had happened.
"Woe is me!" she cried. "I was afraid of hunters on dry land so I sought refuge by the ocean, but now the cruel ocean has killed all my little chicks."