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Old Saturday 9th September 2006, 19:06   #1
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Bottoms Up, Swiss Alps

Hah!

Lovely weather today, failed in my attempt to find some ptarmigan and wallcreepers, but found my first tree creeper of the year.

[1] This is a bird which is living close to me, this is the first time I've caught it on camera. It usually clears off to the forest behind my house as soon as the first person is about in the morning. I'm very interested to know what it is. Doesn't make any sound. I've not seen it properly, only thought so far is a thrush - but that's just a thought.

[2] Very common mountain bird, quiz question :-)

[3] Tree creeper, was close to home after 7 hours' walking with the hound and without warning was in the middle of a squadron of treecreepers!

[4] There's always a marmot.
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Old Saturday 9th September 2006, 19:28   #2
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Great Pics Simon

I'm not sure about the first bird.

The second is a Wheatear, isn't it?
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Old Saturday 9th September 2006, 19:33   #3
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Great Pics Simon

I'm not sure about the first bird.

The second is a Wheatear, isn't it?
I'll post the pre-takeoff photo as soon as I find out what bird [1] is - I'm very curious.
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The second is a Wheatear, isn't it?
It?

He or she please!
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i'm totally stumped with no.1! the only thing that comes close with thrush-size and somehow with the image is nutcracker but - wings and tail look too long, white hindbelly seems too extended and tailpa´ttern's wrong too. so, what could it be???
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It?

He or she please!
should i say then "the only subject that comes close..." ?
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i'm totally stumped with no.1! the only thing that comes close with thrush-size and somehow with the image is nutcracker but - wings and tail look too long, white hindbelly seems too extended and tailpa´ttern's wrong too. so, what could it be???
There is a nutcracker about but the flight pattern wasn't correct. It was a very lazy flight, not the more frenetic nutcracker. It's about thrush-sized but ...

You never know, I may get a decent shot tomorrow.
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should i say then "the only subject that comes close..." ?
Sorry, was referring to bird [2] :-)

Would settle for anything regarding bird [1].

FWIW at 1,035 masl, surrounded by pine forest.
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nutcracker has a lazy flight! just show us the pre-take-off-pic please!
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nutcracker has a lazy flight! just show us the pre-take-off-pic please!
OK - maybe those I have seen have been a bit 'disturbed' by tourists.

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nobody hazarding a guess about no. 1 ???
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nobody hazarding a guess about no. 1 ???
What about a Jay? Although that doesn't really fit with the description 'doesn't make any sound'.
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jay is prb. the better option than nutcracker with that pic (long tail). sometimes even jays are quiet..
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Looks like a Jay to me. Pushing off into the forest when the first person comes along sounds spot on too!
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I think 1 is definitely a Jay.

If you look closely you can just see a hint of pink on the flanks and belly.
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I think 1 is definitely a Jay.

If you look closely you can just see a hint of pink on the flanks and belly.
There are a few jays just 100m away - that could be !

I actually grabbed a decent shot of one close by some weeks ago. I see then often flying back into the forest.
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Good one of the Marmot, looks like it was impressed with your aftershave lotion.
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