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Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 13th January 2018, 16:09
Replies: 0
Views: 120
Posted By ChrisKten
Pigeon PMV

I don't expect many (if any) replies to this - firstly, because its concerning a Pigeon - secondly, because PMV is a bit of a specialist subject.

I help any creatures that I'm able to, and I've a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 1st January 2018, 15:09
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By ChrisKten
From your description, it's possible that it's a...

From your description, it's possible that it's a Sparrowhawk from 2cy (2nd calender year starts today ;) ) juve to a 3cy+ female. But, even an adult male Sparrowhawk would fit your description in...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 22nd December 2017, 13:21
Replies: 60
Views: 2,172
Posted By ChrisKten
I didn't think you that you was suggesting...

I didn't think you that you was suggesting "breath holding" near Pigeons, Paul... I was trying to grab attention before the boring stuff that I was about to type ;)

I thought it important to post a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 22nd December 2017, 11:32
Replies: 60
Views: 2,172
Posted By ChrisKten
I said that I wouldn't post again in this thread,...

I said that I wouldn't post again in this thread, but just in case people start holding their breath near Pigeons...

From DEFRA:



So it is not confined to Pigeons, many species of birds are...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 21st December 2017, 07:03
Replies: 60
Views: 2,172
Posted By ChrisKten
I'll just post once in this thread, because I cut...

I'll just post once in this thread, because I cut my teeth on 4chan years ago, so I know what's coming from a certain poster ;)

If there's a regular food source near or below trees, Feral Pigeons...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 20th December 2017, 06:53
Replies: 12
Views: 858
Posted By ChrisKten
Agree with Peter and Brian... nothing unusual...

Agree with Peter and Brian... nothing unusual about this adult female Sparrowhawk, and I see Sparrowhawks at close range almost daily.

Only thing that is unusual are the colours and exposure of the...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Monday 18th December 2017, 15:05
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By ChrisKten
Years ago, when I had less birds in the garden, I...

Years ago, when I had less birds in the garden, I used to hang miniature trays that I made on the back fence amongst the Blackberry Bush - the trays had Peanut Butter and seeds in, and was meant for...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 17th December 2017, 20:12
Replies: 15
Views: 1,894
Posted By ChrisKten
Read and memorise, Sancho...

Read and memorise, Sancho ;)

http://mentalfloss.com/article/51826/how-escape-quicksand
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Friday 15th December 2017, 16:41
Replies: 24
Views: 797
Posted By ChrisKten
You wouldn't have had to visit Paypal to get...

You wouldn't have had to visit Paypal to get Malware that would add a paypal redirect to your hosts file, Delia - Malware could have just added the most likely sites to your hosts file... like...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Friday 15th December 2017, 15:29
Replies: 24
Views: 797
Posted By ChrisKten
I've not used Windows for ages (I use Linux),...

I've not used Windows for ages (I use Linux), Delia, but I'd guess it's a DNS issue. A couple of things to try:

First, try to clear your DNS cache, here's a link...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 10th December 2017, 09:23
Replies: 10
Views: 702
Posted By ChrisKten
Agree with Peter on the Sparrowhawk; although I'd...

Agree with Peter on the Sparrowhawk; although I'd favour an adult female with fluffed up feathers (cold or just preening) on the head/cheeks making the Super seem thicker... Same for white on Nape
Forum: Birds Of Prey Wednesday 29th November 2017, 11:13
Replies: 1
Views: 452
Posted By ChrisKten
Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42097801
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 27th November 2017, 16:43
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By ChrisKten
I'm pretty sure that I slid the door open for...

I'm pretty sure that I slid the door open for that pic, Ken... she was trying to subdue a Pigeon, so wasn't interested in what I was doing.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 27th November 2017, 12:47
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By ChrisKten
Thanks, Chris. Nature did all the hard work...

Thanks, Chris. Nature did all the hard work creating such a stunning bird, I just release the shutter ;)
Forum: Nikon Monday 27th November 2017, 06:37
Replies: 99
Views: 28,836
Posted By ChrisKten
Yes, it's all interesting stuff. I guess the...

Yes, it's all interesting stuff. I guess the other problem with knowing which animals are self-aware is whether we are really intelligent enough to design an accurate test... because I'm pretty sure...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 27th November 2017, 06:34
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By ChrisKten
Thanks for replying, Peter; if she's 2cy, then...

Thanks for replying, Peter; if she's 2cy, then I've probably got three females visiting my 20*20ft garden, as there's one been visiting since January that wasn't a juvenile when it first showed up....
Forum: Nikon Sunday 26th November 2017, 19:04
Replies: 99
Views: 28,836
Posted By ChrisKten
Actually, there are at least two bird species...

Actually, there are at least two bird species that pass the Mirror Test (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_test)... Pigeons and Corvids (although only the Eurasian Magpie was regularly tested...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 26th November 2017, 16:05
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By ChrisKten
Female Sparrowhawk age please - London UK

My eyes aren't getting any better with age, but I can't see any retained juvenile feathers on this bird, so I'm guessing 3cy+ rather than 2cy - I'd welcome confirmation ;)

All pics through double...
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Friday 20th October 2017, 16:45
Replies: 2
Views: 746
Posted By ChrisKten
Longer beaks in UK great tits 'down to garden feeders'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41696123
Forum: Nikon Sunday 15th October 2017, 19:08
Replies: 63
Views: 3,271
Posted By ChrisKten
If you just want a digital record of what you...

If you just want a digital record of what you saw, and don't want to rely on expensive kit and fast reflexes, I'd suggest a Video Camera rather than a DSLR. Any brand with a decent zoom will do......
Forum: Conservation Saturday 7th October 2017, 17:22
Replies: 2
Views: 615
Posted By ChrisKten
I was talking about this to my wife earlier, and...

I was talking about this to my wife earlier, and she was asking me why the Chinese seem to have no qualms about animal suffering/cruelty... I had no answer. Actually, I do have an answer... it's...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Friday 6th October 2017, 15:05
Replies: 4
Views: 1,524
Posted By ChrisKten
I had a Kestrel visit my garden a few years ago...

I had a Kestrel visit my garden a few years ago (none since), Chris - it took a Sparrow. The thing that amazes me the most with Kestrels is seeing them perched 40m up a Pylon and swoop down to take a...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 17:05
Replies: 4
Views: 1,524
Posted By ChrisKten
I've not uploaded a Sparrowhawk pic for a while, so...

...rather than revive an old thread, I thought that I'd start a new one. Although I'm unsure if it's worth a whole thread.

This is from this afternoon. If it's "Fred" (been visiting for over six...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Thursday 21st September 2017, 17:54
Replies: 21
Views: 4,234
Posted By ChrisKten
A couple of nice head shots, Bob. You did well to...

A couple of nice head shots, Bob. You did well to find it - I know all the spots they favour in my trees, but I often can't find them until they move... and my garden is only 20ft*20ft, so it's not...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Thursday 21st September 2017, 06:13
Replies: 21
Views: 4,234
Posted By ChrisKten
Hi Bob, Just from the size and lack of any white...

Hi Bob,

Just from the size and lack of any white lining to the tail bars, I'd say it's a Sparrowhawk. From size and prey choice, I'd say a female, and from what I can see of the breast barring, an...
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