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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:50 PM

I love the British robins. The American robins just can't compare to these cute little guys! :)

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:50 AM

Birds hold 'funerals' for dead reports www.bbc.co.uk

When western scrub jays encounter a dead bird, they call out to one another and stop foraging. The jays then often fly down to the dead body and gather around it, scientists have discovered.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:54 AM

Malta: Trapping: EC wants proper enforcement reports www.timesofmalta.com

For the first time, national and daily bag limits were imposed by law and trappers need to get a special licence. According to the new rules, only 5,000 song thrush and 1,150 golden plovers can be caught and the season will come to an immediate end once the national quota is reached.

Trappers are also obliged to send an SMS every time they make a catch.


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Yes, and one can see those measures being adhered to. The UK can put in as many measures as possible to protect the birds, but if other countries permit trapping, and not just Malta, but Spain, and Portugal etc, migratory populations will continue to suffer.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:25 PM

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:43 PM

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 02:47 PM

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Whooper Swans fresh in from Iceland settle on Loch Leven. As each new family party arrived they were greeted by loud trumpeting from the swans already here; it was almost as if they were asking the latest news from lands afar! (Image taken on 10th October 2012)


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Posted 22 October 2012 - 08:36 AM

Tibetan mountain finch rediscovered after 80 years reports www.bbc.co.uk

It has been missing for 80 years but Sillem's Mountain Finch has now been rediscovered on the Tibetan plateau by a trekker who was too ill to leave camp.

The mountain finch has been an enigma ever since its discovery in 1929, not least because it wasn't identified until 1992.


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And Rainbirder, your next assignment is...

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:39 PM

This thread needs more photos: BTW @Rainbirder, some of your images aren't showing up. Matt


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:04 PM

@Game Warden

The new face of Flickr has screwed up a number of links. If you can grant me edit privileges for 24 hrs I will sort them boss.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:39 PM

Will do sir :)


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:25 PM

A few from the dim rain forest undergrowth of Trinidad and Tobago:

 

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Blue-backed Manakin; Grafton, Tobago; July 2006. The males gather in leks to dance in small troups -but only the principal choreographer gets off with the gals.

 

 

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Male Bearded Bellbird in mid-call; Asa Wright, Trinidad;May 2006. They are said to have the loudest call of any bird species .......I wouldn't disagree!

 

 

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Male Tufted Coquette; Asa Wright, Trinidad; May 2006. A tiny wee jewel of a hummingbird no bigger than a large bee.

 

 

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Male Collared Trogon, Northern Tobago; July 2006. A stunning species of the rain forest subcanopy.

 

 

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Male Purple Honeycreeper; Asa Wright, Trinidad; May 2006. A showy wee bird .......and he knew it!

 

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Trinidad Blue-crowned Motmot; Asa Wright, Trinidad; May 2006. Perhaps I just dreamed this one up!

 

 

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Rufous-tailed Jacamar; Arnos Vale, Tobago; July 2006. Despite its appearance this bird is far more closely related to woodpeckers than to hummingbirds. One of these could really stick it to the pigs in "Angry Birds"!

 

 

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Male Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, Asa Wright, Trinidad; May 2006.

A bird's colour is normally a consequence of structural pigment in the feathers & so a red bird looks red because it has red feathers!
However some birds, especially Hummingbirds, have complex feather structures which act as diffraction gratings splitting white light into component parts, some of which is absorbed & some reflected. The variable colours produced by this process are bright, reflective, metallic and ephemeral. Colours produced by this means constantly vary in intensity giving the bird a sparkle which brings the feathers to life. This moment-to-moment variation is dependent on the angle & intensity of the incident light.

The image above was taken whilst the bird was feeding in a shaft of morning sunlight resulting in a red cap (ruby) and burnished gold (topaz) chest/gorget.

 

It is hardly believable but the image below is of the same bird perched in shade.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:11 PM

That hummingbird is an amazing pic sir!


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:32 AM

And the Trogon. And the Jacamar. And ... all of them, really. Thanks for posting, @Rainbirder, wonderful pictures. :)  



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:51 AM

@Rainbirder

Wonderful photos. I have only just discovered this thread (Thank you for signposting  @Game Warden with the excellent Puffin picture)

 

The detail is incredible in the Trinidad and Tobago pictures

I love the Whooper Swan picture - beautiful


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:44 PM

Great Crested Grebe Courtship Display (Dance)

 

I am not realy a birder, but I love to watch the Grebes' courtship display at this time of year. I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours yesterday watching this display at Earlswood Lakes, near Birmingham, UK. There are a number of pairs at the lakes -I find it a marvellous display.


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 01:24 PM

It seems that the dancing works!

 

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 11:42 AM

Have you been birding recently in the UK? If so what did you see and where?


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 11:51 AM

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Very nice!

 

I've never before seen such behavior.

 

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 11:53 AM

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~ @JohnR

 

One hopes its literate and therefore compliant.

 

Great Image!

 

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 02:40 PM

@Tom Kellie Nope. :rolleyes:

 

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