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Part 2:  Of ancient friends and foes:Part 2 is about the 'Great Eagles', what they are, their history in the valley of the Guadalquivir, their habitat, customs and physical make up.  We also get to know the individual eagles that make up the last of the 'Great Eagles' of the valley.

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1. Ballad of the Eagles

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eagle in flight03Chapter 1: Ballad of the Eagles

 A traditional Gypsy song in praise of eagles, natures way and freedom

Fly Eagle fly, take the sky
Let the wind wild and free,
feel your strength as you take the air
the king of grace, he has no care.

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2: Remera

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537 wg eagles'When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!'
- William Blake -

Extract from: Chapter 2: Remera

Canana's mother Remera, is searching for food, now the olive harvest has started food is even scarcer due to the busy activities of the humans. Remera reflects on how rich and bountiful the valley was when the eagles first came, than how their troubles began with the arrival of man. How this trouble turned into hatred, eventually leading to the decline and death for the eagles.

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3. Cylor

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eaglewallpr'The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.'
- Aesop -

Extract from Chapter 3, Cylor

We are also introduced to Cylor, Remera's now dead mate, and Canana's father. Remera recalls the day Cylor died and we relive the sequence of events that led to his death, the battle with the farmer and the inevitable outcome and bloody carnage that followed.

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4. Death in the Valley

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eagleattack'Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.'
- James A. Froude -

Extract from Chapter 4: Death in the valley. 

Cylor has been ambushed and is fighting for his life. Remera observes the battle with the farmer and the inevitable outcome.  She joins the battle and the bloody carnage that followed sends shockwaves through the farming community.

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5. The Search

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Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!
- Patrick Henry -

olivefieldExtract from Chapter 5. The Search. 

Remera feeling uneasy speeds up her hunt and is rewarded when she spots a dog running through the open fields towards the olive trees. Meanwhile the owner of the bitch has also noticed the Eagle, sensing that the bird would attack he prepares an ambush. Francisco Habir Lomez (Habby) spoils the ambush injuring the farmer in the process.  Remera takes her prize and returns to the Eyrie only to find her uneasiness was well founded and Canana has probably fallen to his death. She undertakes a desperate search but to no avail, assuming that he is dead and has probably been taken by scavengers she returns to the nest determined that she to will leave the valley as soon as her remaining offspring is capable of flying.

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