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Recent content by Farnboro John

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    Garden / Yard List 2021

    A few recent additions: 31. Jay 32. Long-tailed Tit 33. Ring-necked Parakeet 34. Goldfinch 35. Chaffinch John
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    The Great Escape, Namibia.

    So are we.... (y) John
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    The importance of 'good light' and the general consensus as to what good light is in bird photography terms?

    It often depends on the bird you are photographing. If you are doing adult seabirds with large areas of white (or egrets!) then direct sunlight will give you a world of hurt (in my experience). A thin but continuous overcast will help a lot. Also, are you trying to take "field guide" photos...
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    England lockdown policy

    Wrong answer, as our exceptionally moronic government can make any bad situation worse and despite the fact that outside is safe, decreed that exercise means exercise and recreation is a no-no. (The exception for anglers is of course ridiculous, as what they do is sit on their backsides in one...
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    Scottish independence and your UK list....

    Yes. When what was presumed to be the same individual originally turned up it was on the Ythan and twitched by hundreds. John
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    Scottish independence and your UK list....

    Black Guillemots have wintered on the South Coast from time to time - most of my early ones were in Portland Harbour, which again hosted one when the Brunnich's Guillemot was there - but I also remember a very showy one in Sussex a few years ago. John
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    Scottish independence and your UK list....

    Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Crested Tit. No eagle problems, Lake District Goldies and WTE all over the place from Brill onwards. A shedload of vagrants though! Mammals would take a fair bit of damage I suspect as well: Black Rat, Pine Marten, Wildcat, Orkney Vole, Harp Seal off the top of my head...
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    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Update from in the week: 28. House Sparrow 29. Great Spotted Woodpecker With luck I might get out into the back garden for an hour or two today, fill in some common gaps. John
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    Foxy Loxy scoffing the cats food!

    Absolute class. Did someone rescue the toddler? John
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    John's Mammals 2021

    News from last night: at a mere 1730 hours a scan round from the front door with my night rig revealed two lots of eyeshine close together on the green left of the house. A speculative photo (they were a good 50 yards off) revealed what I'd suspected: a pair of Red Foxes in a coital tie...
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    Foxy Loxy scoffing the cats food!

    Yes. However my neighbourhood includes small cats, who also treat the foxes with disdain. One of the best local ratters is also one of the smallest cats, and I've watched her stroll through the foxes with confidence. Coyotes are a different scale of threat more akin to domestic dogs, none of...
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    John's Mammals 2021

    Good eating I believe. I missed the chance of a haunch at a farmers market years ago and haven't seen it anywhere since. John
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    Foxy Loxy scoffing the cats food!

    Balance of power changes substantially during the breeding period. Males become much more tolerant of females feeding, don't try to rob them and are sometimes even beaten to the draw over thrown items, when normally the female would not dare to compete. John
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    Foxy Loxy scoffing the cats food!

    This is all very interesting. Your cat had a hard time of it - the local cats round here won't take any nonsense from the foxes and the latter know it. After all, a fox's only weapons are its teeth whereas every extremity of a cat is pointy except its tail. I often see cats strolling past even...
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    John's Mammals 2021

    I'm not 100% because there are variables like late litters but I think cubs have mostly dispersed by now, so two foxes together more likely to be a pair. Size variation in full-grown animals is mainly sexual dimorphism - vixens are noticeably smaller - but cubs in their first winter, even when...
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