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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd December 2019, 12:47
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By pianoman
I'd be 95% certain with Shag. First glance...

I'd be 95% certain with Shag. First glance looked a little like a diver, even considered little grebe, but Shag fits best on bill colour and throat pattern
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd December 2019, 11:35
Replies: 16
Views: 496
Posted By pianoman
First bird that sprang to mind looking at the...

First bird that sprang to mind looking at the picture was Corn Bunting
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Thursday 28th November 2019, 17:35
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By pianoman
From googling it, it seems that wild birds eat...

From googling it, it seems that wild birds eat coffee beans wherever they are grown. Presumably the coffee plant uses birds to disperse its seeds. Though perhaps roasting introduces complications
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 27th November 2019, 13:44
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By pianoman
Yes I would recommend Avoca as the most sure-fire...

Yes I would recommend Avoca as the most sure-fire place to see them, though as others have pointed out, you might see them at ECNR or many other places round Wicklow.

Visit ECNR anyway! Never...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 26th November 2019, 14:43
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By pianoman
Still waiting for the day I see Waxwings AND have...

Still waiting for the day I see Waxwings AND have my bins with me at the same time. Maybe this year...
Forum: Say Hello Tuesday 26th November 2019, 12:35
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By pianoman
Welcome Donovan, and don't forget about Nimmo's...

Welcome Donovan, and don't forget about Nimmo's Pier right in the heart of Galway City. Never know what you'll see there.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 18th November 2019, 14:16
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Posted By pianoman
FWIW, I can see grooves on the lower mandible :-)

FWIW, I can see grooves on the lower mandible :-)
Forum: Conservation Friday 15th November 2019, 10:53
Replies: 37
Views: 1,546
Posted By pianoman
I believe the "Environmental" homicide defense...

I believe the "Environmental" homicide defense was defeated in Case 32776 People vs. Jack D Slaughter 2015...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 13th November 2019, 11:56
Replies: 37
Views: 1,546
Posted By pianoman
Plastic bag use was never about carbon footprint...

Plastic bag use was never about carbon footprint - more about preventing waste buildup, so don't go merrily using lots of plastic again.

Regarding meat, the choices are not just between "ravening...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 28th October 2019, 17:14
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By pianoman
Thanks folks... There was one in the area, and...

Thanks folks... There was one in the area, and the plumage stage had me confused
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 28th October 2019, 12:30
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By pianoman
Teal sp. E Ireland Oct 27th

Hi - apologies for the appalling quality, it was very far away, and my camera's not quite up to it (that's my excuse) but wonder if there is enough in these pictures to call Green Winged?

many...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 17:00
Replies: 23
Views: 825
Posted By pianoman
Interesting! But makes we wonder why they remain...

Interesting! But makes we wonder why they remain geographically so contained in their own regions, and why hybrids are found in such narrow confines. You would think that even if they didn't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 18th October 2019, 14:09
Replies: 12
Views: 805
Posted By pianoman
Hard to argue after that size comparison!

Hard to argue after that size comparison!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 18th October 2019, 13:44
Replies: 12
Views: 805
Posted By pianoman
I would have said Sanderling, not quite moulted...

I would have said Sanderling, not quite moulted into winter yet
Forum: TV & Radio Alert For Birding, Nature and Other Wildlife Wednesday 9th October 2019, 14:50
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By pianoman
Background sounds rarely recorded on...

Background sounds rarely recorded on location...otherwise there would be jarring breaks at every cut in the edit.

Am often amused at the rarities you hear even at televised Irish golf tournaments or...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 8th October 2019, 13:20
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By pianoman
Love my Lumix

Love my Lumix
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 26th September 2019, 12:17
Replies: 22
Views: 980
Posted By pianoman
Cool, thanks GK. Wonder how long it will be...

Cool, thanks GK. Wonder how long it will be before the BOU recognises Merlin as the leading authority...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 25th September 2019, 16:41
Replies: 22
Views: 980
Posted By pianoman
Just for giggles, I tried this: Measured the...

Just for giggles, I tried this:

Measured the ratio between:

(1) Distance from base of bill to spot on belly level with the wing trailing edge as it joins the body

divided by

(2) Dist from...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 25th September 2019, 11:39
Replies: 22
Views: 980
Posted By pianoman
Still waiting for the software that would analyse...

Still waiting for the software that would analyse metrics on a silhouette and give a definitive answer. Can't help feeling that definitive information is there in pictures like the second set above,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 18th September 2019, 10:59
Replies: 9
Views: 486
Posted By pianoman
Like you Nutcracker I was/am puzzled by the...

Like you Nutcracker I was/am puzzled by the apparent lack of yellow on the feet; would have thought it would be visible on at least one of the birds.
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Monday 16th September 2019, 12:37
Replies: 2
Views: 960
Posted By pianoman
All the news reports here show stock pictures of...

All the news reports here show stock pictures of European Magpie...Not of course related to the Aus Magpie that really is a surprisingly aggressive bird in the breeding season
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 29th August 2019, 13:15
Replies: 5
Views: 472
Posted By pianoman
Sometimes those juvenile Moorhens lurk among the...

Sometimes those juvenile Moorhens lurk among the reeds pretending to be Water Rails :-/
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 29th August 2019, 11:23
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By pianoman
Sounds a little like a Bullfinch, or possibly...

Sounds a little like a Bullfinch, or possibly even Crossbill. But the location would likely change as it moves through the trees. Agree with Laurie, don't think it's man-made
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 28th August 2019, 12:54
Replies: 12
Views: 830
Posted By pianoman
I think I see five fingers on the right wing, ...

I think I see five fingers on the right wing, and it the wing looks rather broad, even allowing for the angle
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 20th August 2019, 11:57
Replies: 21
Views: 1,426
Posted By pianoman
Thanks Jean. Always wondered if "Short Toed"...

Thanks Jean. Always wondered if "Short Toed" really meant a significantly shorter toe.
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