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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:43 pm

Lothlorien wrote:Best bird I have seen this year by a long chalk...... (European Roller)


Reminds me of a bee eater, but from what I've read they aren't related. We're hoping to go camping up north in a couple of weeks to look for whales and dolphins.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:16 am

Marine life is definately my bag :D

Highligt of a recent trip was spending an hour and a alf watching a minke whale feeding.

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We also seen lots of common porpoise but they spend so little time at the surface I found them hard to potograph

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Also spotted a golden eagle sitting atop a ridgeline being mobbed by a gull. The photo I took didn't come out that well as he was a fair distance from us.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby DaveyTee » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:33 pm

Just after Christmas this little fellow came to visit us. I hadn't spotted a squirrel in the garden before although we live quite near to woods that are full of them. I used to see both reds and greys, but recently the greys have all but been wiped out by culling and it is now very rare to see one. Anyway, our visitor stayed for about 10 minutes before he was disturbed and scampered off. I'd like to think that we'll see him again.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby puffin » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:32 pm

Awww, lovely. Proper squirrels. :D :love: All we get down here are those pesky alien grey tree rat things. :zipit:

Great photos. :thumbsup:
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby DaveyTee » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:12 pm

He's back! Nor is he daft - he seems to have realised that if he manages to pull the peanut feeder off the tree (and break it!), he'll get a lot more peanuts.

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Steps have been taken to mend the feeder and attach it more securely to the tree. We'll see what happens next.....

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby From_t'North » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:24 pm

I see your squirrels still have redish tails. All the ones round Aviemore now seem to have adopted the fashionable blonde tail and some even had blond tufts. The first one i saw, i thought was a freek and then everyone i saw round Aviemore and Carbridge seem to have this variation
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby WaterWolf » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:22 pm

As my brother and I were walking the dogs along the beach today, we came upon this cute fella:
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It's the first one I've ever seen in my hometown despite it being named after seals :)
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:53 pm

Anyone near Oban just now spotted the sperm whale that's been hanging about the bay?
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We're heading there on Tuesday but sure as fate it'll have headed off by then.

When I went to Skye in 2004 there had been a humpback whale spotted every day for three days, I went out on the fourth day and the blasted thing was no where to be found. :x Hoping for better luck on Tuesday.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:13 pm

Highlight of the Oban trip. :love:
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Postby roadtrip » Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:50 pm

Spent the last week high in the mountains. The hotel we stayed in had a sign on the door saying "Bear season, be sure to shut the door."
Didn't see any bear, but the elk were out in herds in the mornings.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lancs Dave2 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:04 am

Just seen the W T Eagle, Crunchie - how near were you? A fantastic picture! We saw one whilst parked at services in Denmark, on the way to a Runrig gig. (We were going to the gig, not the eagle!!) It was being mobbed by gulls and was very high. Try as I might, I couldn't find it through my viewfinder! Despite having no substantial hills, Denmark has 30 odd pairs, plus a few Goldies.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:24 am

Lancs Dave2 wrote:Just seen the W T Eagle, Crunchie - how near were you? A fantastic picture! We saw one whilst parked at services in Denmark, on the way to a Runrig gig. (We were going to the gig, not the eagle!!) It was being mobbed by gulls and was very high. Try as I might, I couldn't find it through my viewfinder! Despite having no substantial hills, Denmark has 30 odd pairs, plus a few Goldies.


The blasted thing few right over our boat actually Dave. I had my camera trained on the coast line and I saw something move so I snapped a photo, later when checking the picture out I realised I had the camera trained on two of them and hadn't noticed. :lol:

The first one flew off and circled overhead then the other joined it, there was another pair on a nest as well.

We also saw the sperm whale that had been hanging about in the bay. After a few days it headed off.
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My partner managed to get this picture of both sea eagles, my other ones are on another memory card.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:17 pm

Went on our annual trip to Fortrose this week so here are a few pictures :D

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The dolphin pics are a bit mince, it's very hard to predict when they'll pop up.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby WaterWolf » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:52 am

Beautiful pictures Crunchie! :)

On my recent trip to the Baltic Countries we saw lots and lots of storks + a couple of moose, and the week before that as I was driving home from a Bruce concert we saw a badger crossing the road!! :D The storks were the only animals I managed to get a picture of:
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:25 pm

WaterWolf wrote:Beautiful pictures Crunchie! :)

On my recent trip to the Baltic Countries we saw lots and lots of storks + a couple of moose, and the week before that as I was driving home from a Bruce concert we saw a badger crossing the road!! :D The storks were the only animals I managed to get a picture of:


I wish I could go abroad to watch wildlife, as much as we have fantastic wildlife more or less on our doorstep it'd be nice to see something a bit different.

Is that a purpose build nesting site for the storks? It all looks very stork friendly. :D
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby WaterWolf » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:34 pm

It was cool! Yes, it's nice to see something different. For me it was awesome to see that many storks, but had I lived there it probably wouldn't be so amazing - they were everywhere! ;) And yes there were loads of these built for the storks to build their nests on - a lot of them near houses! :)
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby DaveyTee » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:24 pm

Superb pictures, Crunchie - nothing at all mince about the dolphin ones and i love that squirrel!

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Bydand » Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:18 am

Last year I was camping in Rotterdam and the camp site had a resident stork with an unusually located nest, lots of herons and a whole load of other birds. The camp site was also close to the zoo which meant that sunrise was quite noisy but I didn't notice it so much after the first couple of nights.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:28 pm

Hi all, long time since I was here. Here are a couple of videos I made a while ago. The first is a Starling roost to music which I filmed on my local nature reserve and the second is a compilation of wildlife I have filmed around my area, also set to music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IETuEkM_NRo

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Sheltie » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:46 pm

Hi Loth

Long time no see - where have you been hiding? Good to see you back. :D
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