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Old 11.01.2008, 11:52
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Gods teeth. Look at the size of those birds hooked beaks. We've moved our bird feeder to some trees outside - spindly little things that wouldn't have supported a cat's weight so they were safe from the predators. They seemed to have enjoyed the fat ball, it was gone in about a day and a half.
While driving to school this morning, me and girly saw a heron standing in a field. She was facinated by it and predictably wants one as a pet. I told her she's got two Hopes and Bob's dead.
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Old 11.01.2008, 12:56
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Zug_Bound, you're bound to visit this thread, aren'tcha? Despite your fear of birds. Your dear daughter wants to own every lovely thing, doesn't she?
You make quite an irresistible pair, you know...
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Old 11.01.2008, 14:28
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You are right Argus, she wants to own everything in the whole world. She is currently planning a career in a shop, she wants to be the owner of Zugerland because it sells everything and she can own it. Slightly twisted logic. Her ambitions have always had a slightly skewed bit to them. Her first career choice (at the age of four) was to work in a factory, not any old factory for Queeny, it was to be a meat pie factory. when we moved here she was facinated by the men who operate the stop and go lollipops at road works and that was her heart's desire (recently reignited as we saw a road crew posse yesterday). She quite fancies being a doctor 'because you can look inside bodies' but doesn't want anything to do with blood or needles.
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Gods teeth. Look at the size of those birds hooked beaks. We've moved our bird feeder to some trees outside - spindly little things that wouldn't have supported a cat's weight so they were safe from the predators. They seemed to have enjoyed the fat ball, it was gone in about a day and a half.
While driving to school this morning, me and girly saw a heron standing in a field. She was facinated by it and predictably wants one as a pet. I told her she's got two Hopes and Bob's dead.
We had a heron sitting in our needle tree this morning. He was looking at the fish in my pond and I would'nt be surprised if some of them are missing now...

Also last night I woke up and thought some cats were mating. Opened the window and saw a large fox chase a fully grown tiger cat down the street. Judging from the horrible noise that ensued I think the fox got the cat. Keeping my cats in.
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Yes Mr Wolf, that's what puzzled me about the heron, I thought (probably stupidly) that they only sat in trees and then dived for the fish in water. This one was standing in a field with no water to be seen. Maybe it was sizing up the crows nearby?
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Yes Mr Wolf, that's what puzzled me about the heron, I thought (probably stupidly) that they only sat in trees and then dived for the fish in water. This one was standing in a field with no water to be seen. Maybe it was sizing up the crows nearby?
Well they eat rats, mice, rabbits, frogs, snakes and all sorts of stuff.
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Old 12.01.2008, 15:21
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Good grief, that is a more varied diet than my daughter! You live and learn, I thought they only ate fish
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Well, even herons need all the vitamins and minerals they can get their beaks on. (ColonelBoris & Mr Wolf, do you only use 'bills' for ducks?)
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Old 12.01.2008, 18:19
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(ColonelBoris & Mr Wolf, do you only use 'bills' for ducks?)
I think it extends to other water fowl such as swans and geese.
I'll check and get back to you...
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I'm slightly alarmed by the snakes part of their diet. I thought we had left everything serpentine behind us in Thailand. Are these snakes venomous and what is their distribution? Will I find them in Canton Zug? We do have a lot of agriculture and grass around here. Snakes don't hold the same terrors for me as birds, we once had a nest of Cobra in our garden so any residual fear had to be conquered
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Thanks, ColonelBoris, for looking up if 'bill' is only for waterfowl.

Please see my 'Birds of Cham' album in EF. Could you please identify (or confirm the name of the riverine/lake one) the two birds? (The dark one in the tree was seen from my bathroom window.)
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Old 13.01.2008, 23:35
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Re: Bird watching

The water bird is a winter-plumaged Great Crsted Grebe (compare with picture 4) and the other one's a bit tricky. It looks like a corvid, but the small beak doesn't entirely rule out some sort of feral pigeon...
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I'm slightly alarmed by the snakes part of their diet. I thought we had left everything serpentine behind us in Thailand. Are these snakes venomous and what is their distribution? Will I find them in Canton Zug? We do have a lot of agriculture and grass around here. Snakes don't hold the same terrors for me as birds, we once had a nest of Cobra in our garden so any residual fear had to be conquered
There are two venomous snakes in Switzerland, though you will not find them in Zug. There is the Kreuzotter (an adder) and the aspis viper. Both of them are endangered and protected and therefore only rarely seen. You can see their distribution here (look at Map of Switzerland -
Abbildung 3. - with shaded areas). I have only been lucky enough to see a viper in Ticino once. Here's a viper I photographed in Greece:


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Methinks ZugBound's happiness is complete -- both close-up photos of birds of prey with wicked hooked beaks and a venomous Grecian snake with nice batik design.

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Re: Bird watching

No no no Argus, you've got me all wrong. Snakes I am not fussed by, I wouldn't go out of my way to find them but they don't scare me in the way that birds do. Luckily I've managed to conceal my fear from my daughter, we happily visit the birds in the little doodah in Zug alt stadt but they are behind bars
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But, ZugBound, did you ever see those Kookaburras in the Altstadt aviary at mealtime? They smash some poor rodents repeatedly against a thick branch till they're semi-pulverised and finally chomp on them, smacking their beaks with satisfaction and aplomb.
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No no no Argus, you've got me all wrong. Snakes I am not fussed by, I wouldn't go out of my way to find them but they don't scare me in the way that birds do. Luckily I've managed to conceal my fear from my daughter, we happily visit the birds in the little doodah in Zug alt stadt but they are behind bars
Generally the birds are more scared of us than we are of them

Unfortunately, the lack of sunlight makes it difficult to photograph them when panicked:

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Go on, Stephanwolf. Show off more of these nifty pics.
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You really are a tremendous photographer. Congratulations on your skill. Back to birds, I saw some sort of raptor in a tree just outside my girls school yesterday. Again, my ignorance led me to think they only lived in the country not on the main road to Zurich - although that is surrounded by fields
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If you're after Goosanders, go to the Zihlkanal at Zihlbruecke armed with some bread.



http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/sbirds/goosander.html

That's with a Kodak P850, so if you've anything better than a mouse in a small box with some pencils (which is beter than the P850), then you'll get some good shots of them...
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