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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #450 on: August 13, 2019, 01:30:19 AM »
I woke up the other day and it sounded like the Amazon rainforest. I'm starting to think the birds know something we don't. Something is coming...

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #451 on: August 13, 2019, 07:33:00 AM »
I woke up the other day and it sounded like the Amazon rainforest. I'm starting to think the birds know something we don't. Something is coming...

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #452 on: August 13, 2019, 03:51:01 PM »
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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #453 on: September 02, 2019, 06:40:30 PM »
Fucking huge cicada flew into the window. Bit of internet sleuthing reckons it’s one of these.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-day_cicada

Greeny black on top, completely silver underneath. Never heard of them before but it’s massive.

Edit: here it is


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #454 on: September 02, 2019, 06:53:27 PM »
Fucking huge cicada flew into the window. Bit of internet sleuthing reckons it’s one of these.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-day_cicada

Greeny black on top, completely silver underneath. Never heard of them before but it’s massive.

Edit: here it is



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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #455 on: September 02, 2019, 10:47:58 PM »
Walking to work last Wednesday, a whole shitload of European Bee Eaters flew right over my head, doing their weird call and looking about as beautiful as it gets.  I don't have a camera but I'm making you look at this photo because they really are bloody gorgeous.


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #456 on: September 02, 2019, 11:16:18 PM »

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #457 on: September 02, 2019, 11:17:45 PM »
saw a fox the other day

and a buzzard too

alright cheers

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #458 on: September 03, 2019, 12:40:29 AM »
Greater spotted woodpecker yesterday. Forest in the Dyfi Valley.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #459 on: September 03, 2019, 03:50:46 AM »
Had an encounter with a honey bee last week, it was on a wall in the garden looking extremely worn out so I gave it a bit of the old sugary water and to say it was buzzing afterwards was an understatement. It was fascinating watching it slurp its way back to health

 It cowered though when i moved the spoon nearby to pour out its bevvie, really rocked back on its legs and shrank back with its antennae back against its thorax. I found that quite moving and made me feel even more empathy with it than before.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #460 on: September 03, 2019, 03:05:01 PM »
"Two Bee Eaters are chatting..."

Fuck 'em.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #461 on: September 03, 2019, 03:27:09 PM »
I was taking the dog for a walk the other day and a big buzzard took flight from a tree about fifteen feet in front of me. I returned the next day with my camera and Megalens and waited over an hour for another sighting, with no luck. There were plenty of crows and pigeons about, but it's not quite the same.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #462 on: September 03, 2019, 03:34:29 PM »
It's buzzards all the way here in Kent. Wheeling above the house, screeching. I think they have them delivered in ice cream vans, roughly shoved out onto the verges. *

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #463 on: September 07, 2019, 06:37:59 PM »
Lots and lots of shield bugs around today.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #464 on: September 07, 2019, 10:14:35 PM »
A lovely, if slightly tattered, Old Lady moth that came in through the window tonight.



now if only i could get a lovely young lady to fly into my room of an evening am i right lads?? haha nice one cheers

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #465 on: September 08, 2019, 01:27:24 PM »
How the seasons change so fast...already spider time. European Garden spider enjoying the last rays of summer.


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #466 on: September 08, 2019, 03:26:35 PM »
Was down in the Roman forum earlier last week, and there are flocks of parrots hanging about the ruins, chattering to each other, flying about.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #467 on: September 08, 2019, 04:39:00 PM »
Walking to work for the lunch thing was an emotional roller coaster.  I do not exaggerate. 

First the depths - look away now if you don't want to know the depths - tiny dead sparrowhawk, lying in a nest of grass.  Was reminded of Rimbaud's Le dormeur du val, shed a tear over his tiny corpse.  Light as leaves and empty. 

But then on and there stood a hoopoe, burrowing about for ants or something, so late in the year but nevertheless, here.  Up into the air, black and white and pink and full of life. 

I thought about what it is that animates us and tried to reach my own.


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #468 on: September 08, 2019, 05:02:56 PM »
Finally, hoopoe! Merci

Next whooperwill

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #469 on: September 08, 2019, 06:31:50 PM »
I picked up the keys for my new flat yesterday (moving in tomorrow) and about 10 long-tailed tits flew into one of the trees in the garden while I was there.


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #470 on: September 08, 2019, 09:36:27 PM »
I bloody love long tailed tits.  They make the second best nests.  Wrens in No.1 spot on nests*, of course.

*UK only.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #471 on: September 08, 2019, 10:32:00 PM »
Of course, they're all long tailed tits when I've finished with them.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #472 on: September 09, 2019, 09:17:51 AM »
We had a long tailed tit fly into a window, it didnt survive, but we got to see up close how beautiful they are. Absolutely gorgeous little thing.

We watched a wildlife programme that featured someone who watched and monitored them in his local woods and he called them flying teaspoons and the name has stuck with us too.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #473 on: September 09, 2019, 09:56:41 AM »
Do love a good flying teaspoon. Often quite easy to recognise in crowded trees as they seem to hop up and down through the tree branch to branch in a more vertical direction than similarly sized birds. When I see a little group of them there's often other small birds in that group, most commonly a treecreeper and a goldcrest. I think they occupy different niches and hang out in gangs for safety

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #474 on: September 09, 2019, 10:25:45 AM »
I love a lovely tree creeper and goldcrests, well, I was going to tip the fedora at them and their nests upthread but thought it possibly too recherché.  I had a window-death experience with one of them once, beautiful, beautiful, tiny perfect, beauty and their eggs, only a hummingbird, wren or perhaps a kingfisher could compare.  Though a robin's egg's a lovely lovely thing when all's told.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #475 on: September 09, 2019, 10:28:30 AM »
I remember standing under a low tree at Minsmere that was absolutely full of long-tailed tits, just flying around chatting above my head. Was wonderful.


Talking of dead birds, found a dead coot the other day. They're very beautiful close up.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #476 on: September 09, 2019, 10:36:56 AM »
I forgot to mention, the night before last, fine and warm with a good moon, I went out to feed the dogs at work and heard a noise in the fig trees, like a small branch cracking.  Turned to look and saw, hanging by its front arms/legs, something furry, quite plump and about the size of a cat or monkey.  Just swinging there.  It had pale stomach fur and a markedly darker back.  The head and hind/tail were obscured by leaves but the shoulders, arms and mid-torso was plain as day or moonlight and close.  It was definitely not a cat.  If they lived here, I would've guessed it was an opossum, monkey or perhaps a very giant rat.  Anyway, it was climbing for figs and I will watch and wait for facial recognition but am intrigued.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #477 on: September 09, 2019, 11:07:12 AM »
Could it have been a genet? Spotty rather than dark back though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_genet

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It has a varied diet comprising small mammals, lizards, birds, bird eggs, amphibians, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, insects and fruit, including figs and olives.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #478 on: September 09, 2019, 11:10:32 AM »
I'd absolutely love it to have been a genet but, if I'm honest and I try to be, although my view was full-frontal and so I might've missed them, there were no spots visible.  I think there would've been some indication of spots.  But it's a bloody nice thought.

Have to say though, you've got me thinking now.  I am going to look into this.  I would love to see a genet eating figs or just being there.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #479 on: September 09, 2019, 11:13:35 AM »
In that case haven't a scooby, soz. New species?