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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:43 pm

Here's a couple more of my recent pics.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:24 pm

Took these when I was on holiday in Lewis in May. Also got some good shots of bottle-nosed dolphins off the Black Isle but as I took them on my traditional camera I'll need to scan them.

Nearly stood on the grouse and the deer were very curious about the car! :D
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:06 pm

Are the top ones Red Deer Crunch? Love the Grouse.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:11 pm

Lothlorien wrote:Are the top ones Red Deer Crunch? Love the Grouse.


Yeah must have been as they were quite big, we spotted them at the side of the road and parked the car a bit further down then walked back. The deer followed us back to the car and the photo was taken from inside. :lol:
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby From_t'North » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:11 pm

Had a good week - was staying by Loch Morlich and saw red squirrils round our lodges. Some of explorer scouts saw a pinemarten.
At Landmark we say assorted finches and tits as well as a spotted woodpecker and a red squirril who posed on top of the nut feeder - himself has some pix.

Yesterday at my mothers I came into the dining room to see a sparrow hawk plucking and then eating a young black bird. At one point a magpie came to see what was going, but cleared off when the sparrowhawk gave it a 'look'. Once the hawk had finished plucking it carried off the carcass somewhere safe. I had to clear up the feathers this morning :?
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Bandanaman » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:04 pm

Saw quite a few gannets this year when I was out in the islands:

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Some wee duck thingies:

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A fair few seals too:

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Some lovely wee guillemots:

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Some sort of butterfly:

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And loads of these wee birds:

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Not to mention a rare Hebridean Panda

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:24 pm

Nice pics. The Guillemots are Black Guillemots which are not found down here with the ordinary Guillemots and I'm pretty sure the ducks are female Eiders.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Luca » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:25 am

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where did you take that picture of the gorilla in your avatar? is that a scottish gorilla? :D :D :lol: :lol:
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby puffin » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:17 pm

Lothlorien wrote:Nice pics. The Guillemots are Black Guillemots which are not found down here with the ordinary Guillemots and I'm pretty sure the ducks are female Eiders.



Just to add that the butterfly is a (rather faded) Painted Lady. I agree that the first two duck pics are of Eiders but I'm not so sure about the big flock in the last photo - was it taken from a ferry? I think they could be (Common) Guillemots as they appear to be white underneath. Or Manx Shearwaters . Sorry, even by enlarging the pic I can't be sure. Fuzzy eyes, y'see. :P

I'm a bit worried about that Panda though. Looks like it might have been stabbed! :shock:
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:19 pm

puffin wrote:I'm not so sure about the big flock in the last photo - was it taken from a ferry? I think they could be (Common) Guillemots as they appear to be white underneath. Or Manx Shearwaters . Sorry, even by enlarging the pic I can't be sure.


I just enlarged the photo too and the bird second from the middle in the left hand group seems to have a white stripe behind it's head. Although the necks seem a little short I wonder if they could be Canada Geese. You also see a little more brown colouring at 400% zoom.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Trinity » Sat Jul 25, 2009 5:27 pm

I'm not sure whether this will work as I 've never posted photos onto the MB before, but I took these out of our bedroom window earlier on - we've got a buddleia bush that is absolutely alive with butterflies and other beasties at the moment.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:25 am

Made a new friend up Stuc a Chroin yesterday...


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She was quite big which was nice to see, not seen any frogs this big in a wee while

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby CURIOSITY » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:41 am

I just wondered what he would turn into if you gave him a kiss Crunchie:D
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Bluejay » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:23 pm

Where have all my garden birds gone? We had some very cold nights a couple of weeks ago - could that have killed them off? :(
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby From_t'North » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:57 pm

Thought i would resurect this thread :D

We (me and himself) set off on a tandem ride round the lanes of sunny Caithness and saw this lovely buzzard just sitting on a gate post - posing for a photo
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We frequently see otters swimming in the Thurso river - however they are almost impossible to get a good picture as all you see is the top of their heads, their backs and a string of bubbles when they dive!
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:31 pm

Thats a great pic of the buzzard FTN, I've been trying to photograph one sitting still for a while.

I did see this wee chap today and didn't have my SLR :(
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:07 pm

I have made a short video and uploaded it to Youtube. It is just a few of the wildlife encounters I have had in the last year. I am a bit disappointed with the way Youtube lower the quality of videos but it's still watchable. Hope some of you like it.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd_naB6NazA
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Postby Vanadane » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:41 pm

I wish I didn't live in the "city"... Well, it has more than 200 citizens, so technically it is a "by", which is the Danish word for city or town.
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Postby From_t'North » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:10 pm

Vanadane wrote:I wish I didn't live in the "city"... Well, it has more than 200 citizens, so technically it is a "by", which is the Danish word for city or town.


We have "by" in English place names too - from the Danish. I lived in Derby (Deer-by). But there are loads around where the Danish invaders settled
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