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dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 22 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Quote:
butterflies hibernating in the corners of our bedroom ceiling and the bike room


delightful

Nicky cigreen



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 22 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm constantly chasing butterflies out of the house at the end of summer - they think it a good place to hibernate but it all goes wrong for them when I start lighting the fire and it warms up and they think it is spring. Also had to shoo a queen wasp out yesterday.

Saw a kingfisher by the river yesterday, that was lovely.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 22 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We hope it survives too, as there are spiders in there, but as it is open fronted, it will stay cool. Lovely to have them in the house.

Haven't seen any queen wasps round lately, but they do try to get into our odd corners in the woods and have to be chased out. Then in spring they try to set up home and have to be chased out. Occasionally we cut or split some wood and find one in there, so that has to be rehomed.

Seeing a kingfisher is rather special. We don't have any water near us, so the only time we ever saw them was on the canals.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 22 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oops, queenie and flash+2 others just hand fed

crazy old bird man, ok

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 22 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That's lovely Dpack. I wonder if they think they are just humouring us when they let us hand feed, or whether it is really a sign they trust us.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 22 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I saw a blackbird in next doors garden the other day. It's the first I've seen around our way since the really hot weather we had. I'm hoping more will start to come back. Also saw a tit yesterday but I'm not sure what it was. I know it wasn't a blue tit, it was nice to see something a little different on the feeders.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 22 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

if you draw a circle with a mile long bit of string from our house, we know of one blackbird rather than hundreds

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 22 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We are seeing them back here, but we are on the edge of a scheme, and have farmland and a nature reserve around the village.
Fairly reduced numbers, I get the feeling that it is youngsters establishing territory

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 22 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

queenie and flash locked wings, when they had full crops they allowed 2 more pairs to help them finish the handful of seeds from a side each

looking down at it was fun, 6 birds in one hand, and they were all polite (no naughty customers will be served )

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 22 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

flash has a duelling scar, very appropriate

that i am a little worried for him and considering the ethics of a net and some basic corpsman nursing has not crossed his little feathery head

at first i thought it was just a plucking but the lump indicates more than a lost feather stump

nature and observe or stock dove and assist?

hand feeding crosses quite a few boundaries i cannot quite compute


dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 22 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

re kingfishers, the ones on my old trout stream were ace, through the rod, line, water triangle is special
in a couple of places, where i lurked rather than worked, it happened quite often

i discovered i needed about £15k for the lens to get the snaps

they are canaries on the water as far as indicating if it is healthy enough to support "bait fish" and fry of bigger fish in the breeding season/s

if there are kingfishers the water is fairly ok and the terrestrial landscape has features they need, trees perches banks holes cover etc ( and no problematic predators such as mink stoats weasels and rats )

i was surprised at how rarely folk see them, even in places where they are quite common
taking snaps is technical delux and beyond me although in the right place i might have a chance on a sunny day, they are fast and small and hard to predict. take the space as a stage and press the button at the right microsecond gets tricky in those circumstances
kingfisher vs thermonuclear ignition, bangs is easier as you know when it will do it


watching them is mostly being aware, a fair bit of being in the right place at the right time and not getting dizzy from a rapid head turn or trancing out and feeling the flutter

i dont have favourite avians, kfs are rather fun

ps if you have local mink, see the hatchat between SGT C and myself
they are smelly until cleaned and cured, tidy warm though

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 22 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sounds as if you at least need to keep an eye on Flash. If it doesn't heal within a few days, or if it looks infected the net might be an idea even if it upsets him.

We have seen quite a lot of kingfishers on the canals; they like to fly along in front of the boat picking up fish disturbed by the boat I assume. The ideal territory for them seems to be a line of trees on the bank with more open ground behind as they seem to patrol the same stretch of water, so go back to the other end behind the trees. Only seen as a flash of colour usually, and as you say, virtually impossible to photograph without an automatic repeat exposure camera and expensive lens.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 22 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

my camera is pretty good for a 3 yr old it might be ok for 7 fps at hi res, i can get fast and crisp with decent light in a target airspace, the kingfisher triangle among trees would not be plausible, into the water in the open or on a perch no prob

the use of a speedlight when the subject is flying fast seems very unethical

if i shelled out about £15K for a better lens i would be strapping it to a very expensive moving image camera, at least another £30k for a workhorse used one and bugatti money for a top end one

rob springwatch is a great photographer

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 22 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Some of the pictures I have seen have been amazing. I understand that even the best wildlife photographers aren't always sure what they have until afterwards. The best example of this was of the actual birth of a, I think, kangaroo joey, which was only filmed for the first time a few years ago.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 22 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

we have a male blackbird checking the territory

for smart bird conservation news see trapping etc

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