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Mrs Pingu

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #775 on: 05 November, 2023, 10:06:51 pm »
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #776 on: 06 November, 2023, 09:00:20 pm »
Fleecebook?

In other news, why have I reached nearly 70 years of age without knowing about this?

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/water-beetle-frog-eaten-alive-escape-death-butt-excretion
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #777 on: 14 November, 2023, 08:41:05 pm »
I have read today that waxwings re visiting the UK in larger numbers than for several years.

It's a long time since I saw any, but (probably) about 15 years ago there was a large flock which spent a few days consuming cotoneaster berries from some bushes near a Morrison's super in the vicinity of Southend airport.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #778 on: 14 November, 2023, 09:13:38 pm »
I have read today that waxwings re visiting the UK in larger numbers than for several years.

It's a long time since I saw any, but (probably) about 15 years ago there was a large flock which spent a few days consuming cotoneaster berries from some bushes near a Morrison's super in the vicinity of Southend airport.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=128.msg2854404#msg2854404

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #779 on: 19 November, 2023, 10:47:26 am »
I have read today that waxwings re visiting the UK in larger numbers than for several years.

It's a long time since I saw any, but (probably) about 15 years ago there was a large flock which spent a few days consuming cotoneaster berries from some bushes near a Morrison's super in the vicinity of Southend airport.

In pictures: Waxwing irruption flies into Scotland

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #780 on: 20 November, 2023, 07:28:51 pm »
In other news, I read today, admittedly from a very unreliable source, that there is currently a dearth of earwigs in the UK.

However, whilst trying to establish the veracity of this claim, which I couldn't, I did find out that there is also a smaller species called the lesser earwig, with the Latin name labia minor.

This is the sort of thing that I wish I'd known many years ago.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #781 on: 20 November, 2023, 10:55:12 pm »
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #782 on: 22 November, 2023, 06:01:58 pm »
I would quite like to go somewhere where I stand a good chance of seeing white-tailed eagles in the wild. I know 60 birds were released some time ago on the Isle of Wight, and I understand that a pair nested somewhere in Sussex this year, and apparently raised one chick.

Specimens have been seen at Amberley Wild Brooks, near Pulborough, recently.

Does the panel know if they are a regular feature there, or did they just drop in? Given that it's about a 190 mile round trip for me from Southend, I'd prefer to avoid a wild goose (!) chase.

Or are there any other SE England locations where there's a fair chance of seeing them? I saw some from a considerable distance on the Isle of Mull quite a few years back, but they were just Big Birds Quite A Long Way Away, soI could see little detail.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #783 on: 23 November, 2023, 01:19:36 pm »
I have read today that waxwings re visiting the UK in larger numbers than for several years.

It's a long time since I saw any, but (probably) about 15 years ago there was a large flock which spent a few days consuming cotoneaster berries from some bushes near a Morrison's super in the vicinity of Southend airport.

Just remembered @waxwingsuk on Xitter for sightings.

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #784 on: 23 November, 2023, 09:28:25 pm »
The furthest south I found on that was Norfolk.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #785 on: 24 November, 2023, 07:10:11 pm »
Do not click on this if you have WaPo access


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If you have, try this

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2023/bird-names-racism-audobon-satire/




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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #786 on: 27 November, 2023, 09:31:49 am »
Our resident Song Thrush has started policing his territory already, we had 15 minutes of glorious singing this morning.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #787 on: 27 November, 2023, 08:52:25 pm »
Blackcock in the garden this morning, proving the cold weather has arrived

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #788 on: 27 November, 2023, 09:10:26 pm »
A what now? I'm frightened to Google that.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #789 on: 28 November, 2023, 09:52:42 am »
Fear not, Mrs Pingu
Black Grouse - think smaller capercaille.
Males are called Blackcock, Females are Greyhens.
And they are quite correct - it's just started snowing.

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #790 on: 28 November, 2023, 05:32:58 pm »
I had a successful trip to Wol-I-See Island.







A BloodyCyclist came along and disturbed my quarry.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #791 on: 28 November, 2023, 06:09:19 pm »
Fear not, Mrs Pingu
Black Grouse - think smaller capercaille.
Males are called Blackcock, Females are Greyhens.
And they are quite correct - it's just started snowing.
Ta :)

Also, @Wow, nice wols.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #792 on: 28 November, 2023, 06:14:47 pm »
The pictures are enormous so I can’t see them on the iPad. Can they be resized to a more normal size?
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #793 on: 28 November, 2023, 06:24:05 pm »
The pictures are enormous so I can’t see them on the iPad. Can they be resized to a more normal size?

How do you do that?
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #794 on: 28 November, 2023, 06:32:11 pm »
I had a successful trip to Wol-I-See Island.







A BloodyCyclist came along and disturbed my quarry.
That any better?

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #795 on: 28 November, 2023, 06:52:05 pm »
The pictures are enormous so I can’t see them on the iPad. Can they be resized to a more normal size?

How do you do that?

SteveC has specified a width in the img tags, like this:

Code: [Select]
[img width=600]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ADCreHd20fLwng60sXi1Mcr25xUE2d8zMf5_e3ByVfnef7a_hvpyrTOHKBdOGokWAwzhAMUxGNHvlEv7ekweXT4YWFHs2C1HXeDc6Ea1f6NuHAXYa65xKZRN=w1200[/img]

Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #796 on: 28 November, 2023, 06:57:31 pm »
Correct, Pingu

I think it's better to shrink the originals, to save bandwidth, but my bodge will do well enough.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #797 on: 28 November, 2023, 07:13:38 pm »
Fear not, Mrs Pingu
Black Grouse - think smaller capercaille.
Males are called Blackcock, Females are Greyhens.
And they are quite correct - it's just started snowing.
Chris Packham likes blackcock in the morning.
https://youtu.be/2PPgdQoT5e0

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #798 on: 28 November, 2023, 07:47:21 pm »
The pictures are enormous so I can’t see them on the iPad. Can they be resized to a more normal size?

How do you do that?

SteveC has specified a width in the img tags, like this:

Code: [Select]
[img width=600]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ADCreHd20fLwng60sXi1Mcr25xUE2d8zMf5_e3ByVfnef7a_hvpyrTOHKBdOGokWAwzhAMUxGNHvlEv7ekweXT4YWFHs2C1HXeDc6Ea1f6NuHAXYa65xKZRN=w1200[/img]

But but but....

Does the forum not do that automagically anyway?
Wow's original images are re-sized to what seems to be a reasonable 640-ish wide for me.
They are no different to what Steve posted, on Chrome onna PC.

Or is that browser-dependent?
<shrug>

I've always made my image links from flickr as the 'medium' size to avoid big downloads and re-sizing downstream, but I've not really investigated where the scaling takes place.

Nice WOLs either whatever!


Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #799 on: 28 November, 2023, 07:56:42 pm »
Chrome on Win10 here and Wow's images are chuffing enormous!