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    What's your favorite bird song?

    On the plains of Turkey south of Konya, a sky full of Calandra Larks... MJB
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    Avian misnomers

    And I thought I was being original when I devised that reminder for myself after seeing the birds in question...! Afterwards, I found I was getting into arguments with Oz newbie birders....:oops: MJB
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    Avian misnomers

    You're in very good company! I like that fact that Havel became very good friends with another Czech-born playwright, Tomas Straussler (aka Tom Stoppard), whose recent biography is an excellent read... MJB
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    Best birding trip you ever went on

    Iron Range, Cape York, Queensland, Australia... by a country 1.60934 kilometres... MJB
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    Avian misnomers

    Let's hear it for the tilde...! That actually opens up another can of worms and that is the insistence of English-language ornithological authorities that there should be no accents in English bird names. There may be an arguable case for applying that rule to birds that mostly occur only in...
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    Noddy species, a Pelagic off Karachi coast after hurricane

    Thanks John! Good to hear from you again! I had a great trip to Iron Range Cape York in 2019, butI missed out on Oz trips in 2020 & 2021 and by 2022 most car rentals will say I'm too old...! Yours aye Mike
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    Channel Isl Cali US

    Ummmmm... I've seen Great Skua feed on a seal carcass... There's quite an extensive literature of the subject, for example, see (re Brown Skua Stercorarius antarcticus): Steffen Hahn, Hans-Ulrich Peter and Silke Bauer. 2005. Skuas at penguin carcass: patch use and state-dependent leaving...
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    Channel Isl Cali US

    The position a pilot recognises just before a stall...?:):) MJB
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    Anyone else like Birds AND planes?

    The BBC quite rightly, has an item on the memorial in Normandy to honour veterans, noting that the unveiling was accompanied by a fly-past by the Red Arrows. Unfortunately they unthinkingly used a stock photo of the Red Arrows when they flew Gnats and not Hawks... See the image here: British...
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    Avian misnomers

    I'm guessing you prefer blank verse to rhythmic rhyming poetry, reverse iambic dimeter in this case...?📝📜 MJB
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    Avian misnomers

    But a loon is a dialect word of long provenance in north-east Scotland for a young man, a young lady being called quine... MJB
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    Anyone else like Birds AND planes?

    At the suggestion of my radar Trade Manager on 111, Chief Technician Chalky White, we began a first-line investigation of the Phantom FGR2's AWG-12 radar, whose mean time between failure (MTBF) in primary mode was 1.3 flying hours, to discover if there was anything basic contributing to that...
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    The annual 'whose got Swifts' thread

    We've had a sudden and unexpected increase in numbers seen over and around the town. Each year, numbers seemed steadily to reduce, but the 2020 breeding season did appear to be very successful. Over much of the Common Swift's breeding range, most years four separate migration waves can be...
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    Anyone else like Birds AND planes?

    By that time, had 43 got FGR2 with AWG-12 radars? When I did the engineering plan for Treble-One's move to Leuchars from Coningsby in 1975, 43 had numerous (18?) FGA1 Phantoms with AWG-11 radars. 111 had only 10 aircraft out of a 12-aircraft establishment: another was on major servicing and...
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    Avian misnomers

    I'm thinking you beat Farnborough John in the race for that comment! MJB
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