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...there were about ten of them wheeling around, swooping down to grab mice.
I think your first pic is again a black kite and this is a great picture of a red kite.

But I could be wrong. Red kites are huge. Almost 2m wingspan. Third biggest bird of prey in Switzerland.

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Old 24.02.2008, 11:55
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Re: Bird watching

This one was getting dangerously close to my feet:

http://picasaweb.google.com/jyloukra...29639451961698

Are my toes safe?

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Old 24.02.2008, 12:37
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Re: Bird watching

It's tame - don't worry.
It's a Wood Duck, Aix sponsa. Normally from North America, but makes its way into collections over here. Used to breed in the UK, but they've pretty much died out as a breeding species, unlike its close cousin, the Mandarin Duck.
These are some of the few ducks that don't interbreed with other duck species as apparently, their genetic make up is quite different.
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It's a Wood Duck, Aix sponsa. Normally from North America, but makes its way into collections over here. Used to breed in the UK, but they've pretty much died out as a breeding species, unlike its close cousin, the Mandarin Duck.
These are some of the few ducks that don't interbreed with other duck species as apparently, their genetic make up is quite different.

Ah, Carolina Wood Duck, eh? Last year I mistook it for a Mandarin and said "Ni hau?" to it. ^_^

He's a lonely guy (only one of its kind outside the fenced area) and hangs around the caged ducks at Villette Park in Cham, Zug canton. He (it's a he, right? On account of the colourful plumage?) swims up and down the fence courting the caged cousins, both Wood and Mandarin, but seems a bit 'gay' as in he's more interested in the bright-hued males than the drab females.

I make sure to reserve some bread cubes for him as he seems more interested in swimming up and down than to look for natural food.
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Ah, Carolina Wood Duck, eh? Last year I mistook it for a Mandarin and said "Ni hau?" to it. ^_^

He's a lonely guy (only one of its kind outside the fenced area) and hangs around the caged ducks at Villette Park in Cham, Zug canton. He (it's a he, right? On account of the colourful plumage?) swims up and down the fence courting the caged cousins, both Wood and Mandarin, but seems a bit 'gay' as in he's more interested in the bright-hued males than the drab females.

I make sure to reserve some bread cubes for him as he seems more interested in swimming up and down than to look for natural food.
They are a bit showy...
However, a Wood Duck with tendencies to mince is nothing compared to this lot:
http://www.nmr.nl/nmr/binary/retriev...16&itemid=2574
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Re: Bird watching

I have spotted magpies twice this week, but regrettably I had no camera at hand. I'll take a picture if they come back.
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Re: Bird watching

We get a few here, clacking about.
Yesterday, I heard a Chiffchaff calling from the Inselspital. One of the sounds of spring, for me.
Also a Red Kite circling over the chemistry department for the second time in a week.
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Re: Bird watching

Since yesterday was such a gorgeous day it woke the frisky nature of the crows that live near us. They were making such a racket all sitting in one tree,- I don't know if it is the crow equivalent of a pick up bar but it seems to be the place to pose and posture.
I saw four of them see off a very butch cat last week,I was just sitting on the balcony enjoying a ciggy when a cacophony of crows made such a noise. Not sure what the cat had done - maybe it was just being a cat but they surrounded him and he had to hide under the slide, the bundle went on for about four minutes before he had the presence of mind to try to hide
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Old 16.03.2008, 10:44
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Re: Bird watching

We have a resident raven couple we love, Fritz 'n Frieda. They have what we call their bi-annual convention, airshow & mating rites and family reunion. Fritz 'n Frieda are very territorial and fearlessly drive off any stray raven that doesn't suit them, any predator that's not behaving, hawks, cats and dogs. They tolerate any smaller birds, maybe even protect them. Lately they have accepted a family of magpies if they don't get stroppy. They squabble with the squirrel family just for fun, sometimes chasing them up and down trees, though usually just tossing them the ocassional "Fook off, ya fooking tree rats".

Day before yesterday was a really funny scene. A dog chased a cat up a tree. The dog moved on, but the cat stayed up there meowing, not knowing how to get down. Fritz 'n Frieda took up posts on nearby branches, laughing at the hapless cat, when one of the magpies showed up, chased the cat out of the tree and stayed right on the cat's tail until it was out of sight.

Never a dull moment with these guys around.
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Nice photos and story J_T. You just reminded me of the blackbird which lived close to my parents. When any garden digging was being done, sure enough he'd be sitting on the fence chatting away waiting for worms to appear, which my father would gladly pop on the lawn for him in return for his company.

It was quite delightful, especially the time he brought his young chicks to visit and say hello.
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Old 16.03.2008, 19:23
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Re: Bird watching

I love bird watching but I prefer brunettes Ok I find Sparrows the cutest. They are so simple and sweet.
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heres an interesting forum for bird photos :

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Re: Bird watching

The Basel Zoo it is quite interesting and you can get quite close to some cool birds. We went there a few weekends ago. My favorites were the huge pelicans they have there... here's aportrait of one:

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Re: Bird watching

You really are a sensational photographer, birds still scare the living daylights out of me though.
Totally off topic, what is Basel Zoo like with regard to animal welfare? I really don't like Zoo's at all, but our daughter loves looking at animals and Basel is an easy day trip from here.
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Well I can't speak for all animals there, but the fish otters were super happy jumping out of the water like dolphins and you could tell they were having fun. In general there is a lot more room and lots of open air cages. Lions, Crocs, Flamingoes, cheetahs etc all have excellent areas. The only place I thought was crammed and I didn't like because it was full of cages was the ape house. Other than that Ican totally recommend the Zoo.
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Re: Bird watching

Busy time for birds. Alpine Swifts (Alpinsegler) are in Bern - you can hear their twittering, which drops in note and speed as they fly over. They arrive sometime before the Common Swift (Mauersegler), are quite a bit larger, fly slower and lower and have white underparts. They nest in the eaves of tall-ish buildings and the main uni building is a good place to see them nipping into the holes in the building when they're nesting.
Also, I managed to see a House Martin over the Aare. You can see them at some distance against a dark background as a white spot that is fairly aerobatic. The spot is their bright white rump.
Many other Summer visitors have arrived through the region as well. Chiffchaffs (Zilpzalp) are everywhere with their chiff-chaff-chiff, chiff-chaff-chiff-chaff song (usually seven notes) and Blackcaps are also about (although the females have brown caps...). Blackcaps have a lovely song and used to be known as 'The Nightingale of The North' as nightingales stop (traditionally) at around Leicester, which Blackcaps fly further north on migration.
in addition to the visitors, lots of resident species will be starting to sing and display and generally be a lot more noticeable. It's that short time of the year where the thought of getting laid overcomes the fear of being eaten by a cat or Sparrowhawk.

I felt quite lucky today. On the way back from lunch, I saw a flash of white and grey go past me. A closer look showed a Lesser Whitethroat. Quite pleased with that as they tend to pass through here on migration and not too many stay, unlike the Common Whitethroat, which stays here for the Summer. In the same park, I also saw a Winter visitor that hadn't gone home yet: a female Brambling (Bergfink).
If I'm lucky and the weather clears up, I might go to see if any terns have arrived at Fanel. It's a good place and I managed to see four species last year, only two of which are usual for that region.
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Busy time for birds. ... and have white underparts. ...
Chiffchaffs (Zilpzalp) are everywhere with their chiff-chaff-chiff, chiff-chaff-chiff-chaff song (usually seven notes) and Blackcaps are also about (although the females have brown caps...). Blackcaps have a lovely song and used to be known as 'The Nightingale of The North' as nightingales stop (traditionally) at around Leicester, which Blackcaps fly further north on migration.
... It's that short time of the year where the thought of getting laid overcomes the fear of being eaten by a cat or Sparrowhawk.

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Misread that as 'white underpants' but I would do that.

Loved the chiff-chaffy description.

Wonder if the bolded bit ever applied to humans in the Stone Age.
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Depends on time of year as well. Red Kites (Rotmilan) are present all through the year (although a bit less in the winter), but you also have the smaller Black Kites (Schwarzmilan)who are summer visitors. A similar bird which is less common is the Marsh Harrier (Rohrweihe), which circles a lot (hence the scientific name Circus for the Harrier family). Kites are big birds and quite recognisable; Red kites have deeply forked tail and are monsters, really big; Black Kites also have slightly forked tails and are also fairly big.
Another bird of prey that circles a lot is the Common Buzzard (Mausbussard). The best way to tell this apart is the slight bulge on the inside edge of the wing and the black border to the underside of the wings. As the name suggests, they are quite common - probably more so than the kites.
Hope i'm not being thick but I have a pair of reddish brown big birds with a forked tail and when they are circling (most of the time) they have a "target" on the underside of their wings. I live in the Jura mountains, are these red kites, or eurasian hawks? Your website is lovely, well done, a pleasure to look at
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Hope i'm not being thick but I have a pair of reddish brown big birds with a forked tail and when they are circling (most of the time) they have a "target" on the underside of their wings. I live in the Jura mountains, are these red kites, or eurasian hawks? Your website is lovely, well done, a pleasure to look at
Red Kites indeed. I should have got an awesome shot of one yesterday but the damn' camera wouldn't focus. One day the long strap it has will come in handy as it enable me to build up more momentum on it when I go to sling it in a lake.
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Saw a Red-footed Falcon yesterday. They're usually quite rare here, but there's been a massive influx into western Europe this year.
Very pleased.
As I have a mild case of infectious conjunctivitis, I can't go into work, so I'm off to bird watch for the day.
Yay to illness!
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As I have a mild case of infectious conjunctivitis, I can't go into work, so I'm off to bird watch for the day.
Yay to illness!
Give your binoculars a good wipe down afterwards or you'll keep reinfecting yourself and.. umm.. have to take more time off..
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