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Old 30th Apr 2020, 19:08
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I've heard at least five or six birds songs at a time while walking in a nearby park. Less background noise drowning them out.

We have mocking birds that provide a variety of songs, including car alarms. (They really expect me to believe there is a car parked on the top of a tree? Seriously...)

I should learn how to identify them...
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Old 30th Apr 2020, 19:40
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Originally Posted by Capt Kremmen View Post
I live in leafy Hampshire, have done so for the last twenty five years and have never seen so much as a flicker of a European Common Jay. Please tell me they're still around !

They are, I sometimes see a couple near me in the Midlands, but sadly have never got close enough to get a good shot of one.

Thanks all for the kind comments and some stunning pictures of your own, I also have a twinge of jealousy at some of the wildlife you see day in day out.
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Old 30th Apr 2020, 19:50
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When this is all over I will finally relax a few days at home...
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Old 30th Apr 2020, 20:19
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Originally Posted by Capt Kremmen View Post
I live in leafy Hampshire, have done so for the last twenty five years and have never seen so much as a flicker of a European Common Jay. Please tell me they're still around !
I wouldn't say they are common around here but I see or hear them on my walks most days.
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Old 30th Apr 2020, 23:18
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This guy is a regular guest in my back yard.


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Old 30th Apr 2020, 23:50
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The baby of the family - wishing he could fly better
(But still a kingfisher)
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Old 1st May 2020, 05:42
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Deeply impressed with these avian artworks.
In contrast this is the best I've managed on my phone camera to capture the house sparrows that live in the ivy on the side of the house opposite.








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Old 1st May 2020, 06:05
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Wingnut60, do you have kookaburras in Indo? I know they're in PNG, wasn't aware they were in Indo too.
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Old 1st May 2020, 06:18
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Originally Posted by Hydromet View Post
Wingnut60, do you have kookaburras in Indo? I know they're in PNG, wasn't aware they were in Indo too.
No.
That little fella is on a branch outside my house in Perth.
And they are not even native there.
Notice he still has the baby's mouth - so his parents and siblings can feed him.
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Old 1st May 2020, 11:29
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Jimbo, that guy in the bottom right of the first photo seems to be performing some aerobatics.
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Old 1st May 2020, 12:02
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Nope Paul, trust me there are people that blow me away with their images, i'm just keen amateur level. My advantages over the rest of you is simply a big lens that allows me to get in close and a bit of practice..

Wingnut when it loses that beak does it get a long one like ours, it seems a curious way to go about it...




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Old 1st May 2020, 12:52
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Still a juvenile but getting there.
Do the small kingfisher have a long beak from infancy?
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Old 1st May 2020, 13:02
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Another frequent visitor to our garden
Are we getting a bit off topic here?
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Old 2nd May 2020, 02:21
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Nice shot again, Wingnut. What sort of parrot is it?


Are we getting a bit off topic here?
Yeah, but...
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Old 2nd May 2020, 09:07
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The left hand stoat (or whatever) looks like it's portraying the classic Python line "I fart in your general direction"...
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Old 2nd May 2020, 09:25
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How do you tell the difference between a stoat and a weasel?

A weasel is weasily recognised and a stoat is stoatally different...

Perhaps it's time for my snooze...
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Old 2nd May 2020, 10:53
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Old 2nd May 2020, 14:11
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Back to after the virus has abated....

No need for huge city centre offices, staff that can will now work from home....
Less use of public transport as social distancing is almost impossible to apply.
Face masks when outside and in proximity of others
Increase in cycling, especially in city centres, for commuting to avoid public transport
Never again will supermarkets etc be allowed to let customers bulk buy essentials "on the off chance" No more than a sensible number that can be justified.
less air travel, tourism will e largely local.
Office blocks will be converted to housing, allowing essential staff to live close to those offices that require staff that cannot work from home.
Travel will be primarily in your own vehicle, where you can exert maximum control of potential infection aspects.
No real need for trains, buses or underground commuting/

We will therefore see the collapse of many airlines, railway companies etc as demand dries up.
Airlines too, as the cost of flying will be borne by fewer passengers, meaning much higher fares and much less demand except for essential travel and cargo flights.

A slower, more polite way of life, with people getting to know neighbours, those in need and those who have life challenges where we can help.
A revision of the way we regard low paid workers who we now know to actually be key.

Care for the elderly and infirm...
Never again should there be a widescale release of elderly patients being cleared out, potentially with latent virus, which then explodes in the nursing and care homes and staff.
A better appreciation of the wonders of nature in our own gardens, birds, plants, insects you never had time to notice before
Clearer roads, clearer skies and clearer seas. In 5 weeks, the absence of daily pollution has given Nature a chance to show us what damage we are causing

A greater understanding that local manufacturing is worth more than importing "cheaper" stuff of poorer quality from far away places.
National economies will be hard hit, having to make extreme economies to avoid hyper inflation or else a greater plague will befall those who suddenly find all but the wealthiest are in dire need of help.

After it passes, I think we'll be better people for a chance to see Nature recovering, as much as we are from coronavirus.

There's plenty of pitfalls, but if Nature can recover in 5 weeks, there is hope for us all.
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Old 2nd May 2020, 14:19
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Originally Posted by Hydromet View Post
Nice shot again, Wingnut. What sort of parrot is it?


Yeah, but...
That's a red capped parrot. Reasonably but not overly common in these parts.

Just about deserves a new, dedicated thread.
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Old 2nd May 2020, 14:28
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I really like these guys


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