The Arrse Twitchers thread

Another thing I found interesting the other day (well, it interested me anyway), was watching a straggler Kite chase off a crow.
In the past I've only ever seen crows have a go, and chase off a kite i.e. crows and Kites aren't naturally the best of chums.
So, kite sees off crow, but 30s later the kite wings it back over our place, pursued by two crows.
 
When we lived closer to Lake Geneva, and sailed regularly, we also saw Black Kites: fish eaters, I believe.
I saw my first Black Kite in Spain earlier this year. I'd never seen, or even heard of, one before and had to look it up on t'interwebs. Also saw a Golden Eagle in northern Spain, it was one of those, 'What's that? No, it can't be. Yes! It is' moments :)
 
Dare I say, Goldens are rather common out here, as are the "barn doors" aka, the white tailed eagle. The bird that has attracted my attention over the last few days is the Hen Harrier as it has been paying rather too much attention to my chooks. Autumnal gales always bring the odd and unusual, I have no doubt the local twitcher will be posting them as he finds them.
 
First pair Agapornis Fischeri or agapornis personata,2nd pair not my bag 3rd bird possibly cross bred honey eater, in this day and age of mixing dyes in bird food to change the colour in chicks plumage, identifying the more exotic breeds is not so easy
 
Over the Bosphorous seawards from istambul, every september 10,s of 1000,s ,of kites black and red, eagles of shapes and sizes can be observed gathering in the thermals before they head south, the raptor station on gibraltar rescue knackered raptors on their way back north every spring,funny how no one seems to notice Gyps Vulvus (European Griffon Vulture) in the mountains of france spain switzerland and Austria , the winter feeding station near Innsbruck ,is popular spot for twitchers, Another place for them is Schwabisch Gemund in the schwabisch alps in southern germany,used to be managed by Kurt Wahl a famous german falconer and raptor specialist
 
I don't breed 'em. They just arrived one day.
And they are 'native', so there's not much we can re shooting 'em.
One of my directors was a bit of a wildfowl nerd ,he bought a pair for the lake ,he was rather upset when I wrung their necks
 
Saw these wandering around the city center
Anyone id them?



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Egyptian geese.
Alopochen aegyptiaca
See my posts above.

Vermin in Britain, native here.

My squad left last week.
The fekers were here on Friday, flew off before sunset, then came back on Saturday afternoon. Ate the cabbage leaves we left for them, the flew off again.
Not been seen since.
Bloody immigrants coming over here etc etc.
 
Egyptian geese.
Alopochen aegyptiaca
See my posts above.

Vermin in Britain, native here.

My squad left last week.
The fekers were here on Friday, flew off before sunset, then came back on Saturday afternoon. Ate the cabbage leaves we left for them, the flew off again.
Not been seen since.
Bloody immigrants coming over here etc etc.
Yes indeed. We get quite a lot of them in East Anglia too. I never saw them up in Scotland and thought they were rather exotic when I moved down here, but I expect with global warming etc they'll end up there eventually.
 
Yes indeed. We get quite a lot of them in East Anglia too. I never saw them up in Scotland and thought they were rather exotic when I moved down here, but I expect with global warming etc they'll end up there eventually.
Another example of mans introductions of foreign species and feral. Canada geese ditto.;)
 
I have had some Moorhen visiting my garden again. Only one this year, I had three visiting last year. Sadly it has stopped coming since the pond froze over. I expect it will return when the weather warms up. At least the snow has turned to rain now so I expect a short thaw. It has been warmer recently but still deep frosts overnight when it's clear.
 

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For those who haven't come across it, The Home Service :) do a thing called
'Tweet of the Day' - bugger all to do with t'Interweb thingy, all about bird calls

Red Kite, Tweet of the Day - BBC Radio 4

Saw two red kites over my parents house in unleafy South Herts last week.....even my old man spotted them and he's technically partially sighted . Big sods close up :-D

According to the prog above, they were only re-introduced to Southern England in 1989. Seen legions of the things in the last 10 years or so.

I remember watching a kite in Iraq, landed on the bag of the boat as we were heading back up the Khawr Az Zubayr....beady eyed critter. Wish I'd had a decent camera with me at the time.
 
For those who haven't come across it, The Home Service :) do a thing called
'Tweet of the Day' - bugger all to do with t'Interweb thingy, all about bird calls

Red Kite, Tweet of the Day - BBC Radio 4

Saw two red kites over my parents house in unleafy South Herts last week.....even my old man spotted them and he's technically partially sighted . Big sods close up :-D

According to the prog above, they were only re-introduced to Southern England in 1989. Seen legions of the things in the last 10 years or so.

I remember watching a kite in Iraq, landed on the bag of the boat as we were heading back up the Khawr Az Zubayr....beady eyed critter. Wish I'd had a decent camera with me at the time.
They are becoming much more common round this way too. I've seen them in Norfolk and we have them established about 20 miles away on the Herts/Cambs border.

One curiousity is a fairly numerous bunch that hang about on the thermals along the south-bound side of the A1 between the Yaxley and Sawtry turnoffs, near Peterborough. Yesterday I counted 12 of them but I'm doubtful that there is enough roadkill at that one spot to sustain them all, so maybe there's a tip nearby. I think this is them : Peterborough Red Kites
 
Red Kite, Tweet of the Day - BBC Radio 4

Saw two red kites over my parents house in unleafy South Herts last week.....even my old man spotted them and he's technically partially sighted . Big sods close up :-D
They were introduced from the Mid-Wales population. I worked in Abingdon for eighteen months from June 2015 and saw one the first evening there, walking along the meadows by the river (me, not it!). A week or so later, walking to work from my B&B there was one shufti-ing over the town centre. They've been slow to colonise south to us (Vale of Glamorgan) but we have a healthy buzzard population and the two tend not to get on.
 
They were introduced from the Mid-Wales population. I worked in Abingdon for eighteen months from June 2015 and saw one the first evening there, walking along the meadows by the river (me, not it!). A week or so later, walking to work from my B&B there was one shufti-ing over the town centre. They've been slow to colonise south to us (Vale of Glamorgan) but we have a healthy buzzard population and the two tend not to get on.
Down here in darkest Pembrokeshire, around the Preseli Hills, it is alive with red kites-damned things are as a common as sparrers.
 

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