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Recent content by janvanderbrugge

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    Pronunciation

    Quote: JPAC: Nikkon:UK, Neekon:Japan, Nyekon:US Mono means stuff or things in Japanese. Looks like a useful word if you don't know the real Japanese term for something and do not want to indicate it with a finger e.g. I remember a word, don't know why it always has stuck to my mind: kakemono =...
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    Songs that mention species of bird

    Hello, Abu and other readers (mainly from UK, now), This is quite wonderful, all this seems to correspond perfectly to one of my personal activities, which started many years ago. I found a combination of birding passion and love for music and languages in "Human Bird Song and Music", a project...
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    Songs that mention species of bird

    Hello, Abu and other readers (mainly from UK, now), This is quite wonderful, all this seems to correspond perfectly to one of my personal activities, which started many years ago. I found a combination of birding passion and love for music and languages in "Human Bird Song and Music", a project...
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    Birds named after rivers

    quote dantheman, Cornwall: Stygian Owl: is this where we discover those who amongst us enjoyed a more classical education?! Could be, this one fits in here: athesiensis (Garrulus glandarius): Athesis = Latin for Adige, river in the Alps. Europe might deserve a better ranking: danubialis...
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    Language question: waterbirds or water birds

    Originally Posted by janvanderbrugge View Post Quote: True. But who said it had to be? Anyway, what language is? Show me a language with no "irregular verbs".... Farnboro John Hey, John, please mind your linguistic remarks (:^). Afrikaans, the beautiful language of South Africa, which developed...
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    Early Swift departure

    This afternoon, 10.09.2020, 13.45h, 2 Swifts circling high for about ten minutes, against a partly heavily-clouded sky (blue and white). Temperature is agreeable, c.19° C. Never seen before after July, I think. Eastern part of Netherlands, near German border. Jan van der Brugge
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    A couple from Portugal

    Good evening, boa tarde, e benvindos, I would like to add my welcome words to the warm reception the staff has given you, as they always do; it makes you feel you have got the right choice and place to share experiences and observations of nature and wildlife! It will be nice to hear (read)...
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    Barbary Duck

    I read Delia Todd's reaction to a question about recent observations of the Australian Musk Duck and thought it seemed right to connect this name to the Muscovy topic, to prevent any confusion of the Musk duo for our friends and visitors "down under"( I don't like the term, in a number of things...
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    Early Swift departure

    One single Swift, 19.30h local time, low circling and off eastward. Heavy clouds and sunshine, still unpleasantly high temperatures. Jan van der Brugge
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    Barbary Duck

    Hello Andy and other admirers of this rather weird webbed creature, for everyone's choice I give here the names which I gathered from sources in several languages, so you can see how ornithologists and citizen scientists always have been puzzled about these birds. I can add a curious mistake...
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    Early Swift departure

    quote Andy, today at dawn: None here all day until an evening party of 5 was seen high. Here in Holland, near the German border, 3 specimens circling very high for a few minutes, then off eastward, 18.00h. Clouded sky, few raindrops which did not even reach the earth. Local showers in the...
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    How to get into reptiles and amphibians?

    Just a nice personal memory: during a birding trip in Rumania (Danube delta) we walked on a wet meadow where big frogs were hunting, probably on everything which their maw could contain. Doubtless those were specimens of the species which in Holland is called Meerkikker (meer = lake), so Marsh...
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    How to get into reptiles and amphibians?

    Jan O.: Now I am confused, my Field guide (Speybroeck et. al, most authors have pretty Dutch sounding names!) shows only Natrix natrix in the Netherlands, so that's wrong? Yes, apparently. There have been several splits in the European Grass Snake complex. In the actual views the Grass Snake of...
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    How to get into reptiles and amphibians?

    Hello Jan, Nice to read about your experiences with the crawling world of lizards, tortoises and snakes. And I can imagine the shyness of searching for them at darkness in eastern Poland, I've been in the "Polish Amazon area" long ago on a birding trip. In Holland we have only 3 species of...
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    Early Swift departure

    Great to see a Swift! Zevenaar, eastern Netherlands, 13.40h, 1 specimen flying apparently SE, looked blacker than usual against the nearly completely blue sky, only some vague white shades. Heat is arriving, as promised . . . No, jokers, the white shades were not on the bird . . . (;^) In all...
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