Happy with that?
Friday, July 31, 2009
Happy with that?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
After some cogitation by a few slightly more experienced gullers, it would seem that yesterdays postage of a putative Caspian is in fact a Yellow Legged Gull. Albeit a YLG with long pinky legs and a funny head. I'm tempted to go along with the Punkbirders advice from last winter 'Don't do gulls', but you and I know dear reader that it just isn't going to happen.
And it is catching. A recent visitor to this blog found it by entering 'blogs for larophiles' into google - I expect that he didn't linger too long. Alan is at it too, and I dare say that a fair few bloggers will be joining in before the winter is out. If you want more Larobloggage, you could do a lot worse than this...Gulls on Film
Perhaps there should be health warnings on field guides. Once you inhale your first Med, it's downhill from there sonny-jim. Soon you'll be stringing funny looking Black-heads into Bonapartes, 2cy Common to Ring-billed and any vaguely pale winged Herring into a Thayers. It's inevitable, and there is no escape. Just look at me, it's too late already. I'm so totally off me head and whacked out on gulls I'm probably even repeating previous posts without noticing it!
Have a cheeky young Med from last week. On a beach. Oh, niiice...
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Found this yesterday lunchtime. Another dodgy looking gull. I reckon it's a half decent shout for a Caspian. Hungry it was too.
Grabbing a pigeon.
Trying to fly off with a pigeon.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Somebody who I share a certain amount of genetic material with has been unwell. The somebody who has been unwell, is better than a short while ago but not as good as the ideal. There is more doctoring to be done before restoration of full wellness. I felt that it was a good idea for me, and Mrs Thing, to visit said somebody and to check on some 'business' at the same time. The visit was good.
Hence the absence, and the huge fall in fatbirderism. The visit that we undertook was in the county of Norfolk. Some of you may have heard of it. Despite the nature of the visit to Norfolk, and the metaphorical cloud that was hanging over it, there is always time for a cheeky visit to Cley on the way back, eh?
Normally when I see a Spoonbill they are sitting in the corner of a scrape/lagoon. Sleeping. But not these ones, they were proper bloody bonkers Spoonbills. Bonkers! Look at them! Look! Running around and everything! With a bill shaped like a fucking spoon! Look! They are mad.
The reserve had just shut, so this was as close as we got, but I nevertheless whacked out the trusty germans and got stuck in. Mrs Thing was mildly surprised by the amount of rudewordness caused by these birds so I insisted that she have a look at what all the fuss was about. "Have a look, they are like a big Little Egret but with a spoon shaped bill, honest!" "Yeah, yeah, as if a bird round here is going to have a bill shaped like a .....wow, they have a bill shaped like a spoon!"
Bonkers! Spoonbills! Kinell!
Then a Marsh Harrier came over and sent the whole marsh up.
Spoonbills in flight!
Spoonbills doing bonkers, in flight.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I'm not around at the moment for blogging and what not, but if you came here looking for work avoidance on an ornithological theme, check out this crazy Finnish bird counting game!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
A Mallard doing mutant
Friday, July 17, 2009
Or perhaps, once-was-dodgy-but-as-it's-hanging-about-long-enough-it-got-an-ID-gull-of-winter part 1.
Not much of a ring to it though.
It was still there for the fourth day yesterday, and it's a Yellow-Legged Gull. Bear in mind that the moult is incomplete, and the primaries are expected to project more. Also, my trusty Canon seems to slightly darken the mantle colour. Either way, here it is...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
..........(Blogger Broadcasting Catastrophe) – it’s time for Thing Cravens Bird-Newsround.
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In inner London yesterday, a local birdtwitcher reported a Black Tailed Godwit, a big pointy bird, flying up the river Thames. It was later reported to have been seen further up river in Barnes. Another birdtwitcher described the event as ‘MEGA’. A birdtwitcher in Fulham said ‘It must have ****ing flown through my ****ing patch and I ****ing missed it – I’m not very ****ing happy about it, all I’ve got is dodgy ****ing gulls and they’ve all got ****ing Godwits - *****rds’. The Newsround doctor has said that this man is ‘gripped off’.
In Fulham this morning, a man saw a Blackbird, a small black bird, with what he described as ‘a proper gobful’ of nesting material. The man was quoted as saying 'well, b*gger me that's a late one'.
And finally, in Wandsworth today, a pair of Coots, a small black bird, were found to be nesting on a Shopping Trolley. A local birdtwitcher told newsround that they have been there for a long time, but the eggs have probably got cold in the water. A local sceptic is quoted as saying 'Doomed - doomed - DOOOOOOMMMED'
Come back tomorrow for more of Thing Craven's Newsround - diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit -diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle-it-dit-diddle-diddle it dit- diddle-diddle-it-dit
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Yeah, it perched on something. In direct sunlight. Cheers.
In flight windows and things. You still reading this?
Close up! More inconclusive imagery.
In flight chase sequence! Again, not helping much with the ID.
It's the one on the right by the way.
So there we are. No real new clues to nail the identity. I'm sort of veering away from the washed out LBB theory but without some more salient ID features (wing projection, orbital ring, close comparison to an equally aged Herring, good gawp at the bill etc etc - some of which may not be clear until the primaries poke through) this gull stays firmly in the 'dodgy pile'.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
gullage. You can't say that I didn't warn you...
A Gull doing dodgy
A gull doing more dodgy
So there you have it, dodgy gull number 1. Probably just a washed out Lesser Black Back.
This was an adult. Just wait until I get on to the juvenile winterers. Yummy.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Yes, that’s right kids. Tits. Lots of them.
The big news is that there has been an addition to the Loo List in the shape of , you guessed, a tit. A Coal Tit. In fact a whole family of tits! Cracking they were too - all pitchooing all over the place.
As for the other tits, well they are part of today's digimonned offering. Pictures of tits.
A Blue Tit doing falling.
So there you are, a whole post about tits (gurgle).
Friday, July 10, 2009
A Blackbird doing semi-albinism
Thursday, July 09, 2009
A Tuftie doing fear