Astra Fallcas

Duration 3.14

Astra Fallcas

Erhaus Bewler Falluper: "Starting at the buzzer, in thirty seconds, name for me as many birds as you can think of."

Astra Fallcas: "Great northern diver, red-throated diver, black-throated diver, bean goose, barnacle goose, red-breasted goose, snow goose, pink-footed goose..."

Astra Fallcas appeared as a very responsive interviewee in Falluper's ornithological survey filmed some eighteen months before the Violent Unknown Event.

Astra Fallcas: "Whimbrel, curlew, redshank, greenshank, marsh sandpiper, terek sandpiper..."

It has proved difficult to interview Astra again, for he has disappeared. Everything points to his having gone to earth. 

In a hospital opthalmic test after the Violent Unknown Event, Astra amazed his examiners with his ability to recognize three-dimensional shapes in almost total darkness, but they noticed his ability did not extend to written letters.

Erhaus Bewler Falluper: "Starting at the buzzer, in thirty seconds, name for me as many birds as you can that start with the letter B."

Astra Fallcas: "Blackbird, bar-tailed godwit, black-tailed godwit, bobolink, black vulture..."

Astra was an experienced speleologist and a keen ornithographer. Through the VUE it seems he combined these interests to identify himself with the Caprimulgiformes, the birds that flew at dusk or twilight, and a year after the VUE he disappeared on a night ferry to Le Havre. He'd taken his camping equipment, his savings, his maps, a supply of food and a cassette tape-recorder. For three years Astra's sister received picture-postcards from around the world, all of which featured cave-systems. Then came a last postcard from Peru to the effect that Astra had found a colony of guacharo, or oilbirds, at San Luis Rey, and was preparing a paper for the WSPB on the echo-location sensibility in birds.

Erhaus Bewler Falluper: "Starting at the buzzer, in thirty seconds, tell me as much as you can about the BITTERN."

Astra Fallcas: "Well, the bittern is one of the Ardeiformes, Botaurus stellaris. This particular bittern in the English species Botaurus stellaris stellaris, is basically a crepuscular animal, which is why it's not seen all that much..."

Five years ago Astra's sister, and three of Astra's former caving friends, went to Peru to see if they could find him. They spent four months in the cave-systems of Tualito, searching, asking local people, and leaving provisions and equipment at useful cave landmarks. They also left tape-cassettes of some of Astra's favourite music. But with no result. Some twenty-four hours before they were due to return to England, Astra's sister was in the Castcatapel cavern at Tualito when she heard the Bird List Song echoing along a deep cave system. 

She was convinced that Astra was responsible for, characteristically, the treble frequencies of the recording were accentuated, the instrumental backing to the song had been tuned out and only the high-pitched female voice was audible.


The Falls Biographies

  1. Orchard Falla

  2. Constance Ortuist Fallaburr

  3. Melorder Fallaburr

  4. Appis (Arris) Fallabus

  5. Standard Fallaby

  6. Tasida Fallaby

  7. Lacer Fallacet

  8. Arris Fallacie

  9. Mashanter Fallack

  10. Squaline Fallaize

  11. Carlos Fallantly

  12. Musicus Fallantly

  13. Wrallis Fallanway

  14. Allia Fallanx

  15. Starling Fallanx

  16. Ipson & Pulat Fallari

  17. Stachia Fallari

  18. Aptesia Fallarme

  19. Corntopia Fallas

  20. Anteo Fallaspy

  21. Pandist Fallaspy

  22. Sashio Fallaspy

  23. Vyanine Fallaspy

  24. Casternarm Fallast

  25. Ardenaur Fallatter

  26. Agropio Fallaver

  27. Propine Fallax

  28. Cash Fallbaez

  29. Antopody Fallbatts

  30. Coppice Fallbatteo

  31. Agrendo Fallbazz

  32. Cisgatten Fallbazz

  33. Hasp Fallbazz

  34. Canopy Fallbenning

  35. Cole Fallbird

  36. Castel Fallboys

  37. Acataloope Fallbus

  38. Astraham Fallbute

  39. Loosely Fallbute

  40. Betheda Fallbutus

  41. Bwythan Fallbutus

  42. Cathine Fallbutus

  43. Menenome Fallbutus

  44. Olivine Fallbutus

  45. Vacete Fallbutus

  46. Astra Fallcas

  47. David Fallcash

  48. Bewick Fallcaster

  49. Catch-Hanger Fallcaster

  50. Clasper Fallcaster

  51. Felix Fallcaster

  52. Max Fallcaster

  53. Orion Fallcaster

  54. Throper Fallcaster

  55. Raskado Fallcastle

  56. Appropinquo Fallcatti

  57. Agrimany Fallchester

  58. Sitiarch Fallding

  59. Ostler Falleaver

  60. Edio Fallenby

  61. Shey Fallenby

  62. Affinado Falleur

  63. Erek Fallfree

  64. Thomax Fallfresh

  65. Zachia Fallgillot

  66. Joyan Fallicory

  67. Bird Raspara Fallicutt

  68. Obsian Fallicutt

  69. Wrallis Fallinway

  70. Ashile Fallko

  71. Agostina Fallmutt

  72. Castan Fallockery

  73. Cottes Fallope

  74. Pollie Fallory

  75. Afracious Fallows 

  76. Hearty Fallparco

  77. Sallis Pino Fallpinio

  78. Crasstranger Fallqueue

  79. Romanese Fallracce

  80. Ascrib Fallstaff

  81. Armeror Fallstag

  82. Combayne Fallstoward

  83. Geoffrey Fallthuis

  84. Merriem Falltrick

  85. Stephany Falltrix

  86. Tolley Falluger

  87. Vassian Falluger

  88. Erhaus Bewler Falluper

  89. Grastled Fallusson

  90. Castral Fallvernon

  91. Leasting Fallvo

  92. Anthior Fallwaste


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