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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 18 11:24 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

another short tail from the sammison saga.

yesterday i had put some steak n kidney pie crusts out for the magpies and jackdaws in the afternoon .
the bird table is the shed roof.

about 9pm i noticed one of the sammisons very busy moving bits to a safer place by dropping them over the edge to gather later. considering the exposure on a shed roof after dark i can only assume that snk pie is a prize worth risking all to get .

the use of gravity was rather interesting i had not seen that with the sammisons , going by the noises from below there was some team work going on.
i suspect drop and collect was in use, clever.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 18 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Interesting to know they use team work. Makes a lot of sense, but shows the family work as a group.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 18 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps the one on the roof works for Just Eat, or Deliveroo, and gets paid to take the risks


Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 18 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Shane



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 18 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe they're from NIMH?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 18 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Like that Buzzy.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 18 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was working at bagging logs yesterday and this rather magnificent cock pheasant was making a row out the back of the store. It seemed completely unbothered by me even though I was throwing logs in its general direction and the bagging tray makes clanging and rumbling noises as I tip it to get the logs into the bags. It was there for ages, and by the sounds of things later we have several pheasants setting up territories in the woods. They may be feral, but in the past we have had shoots in the area, so they could have been bred for that. Very colourful and very vocal birds though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 18 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if you had a rumbley machine it might have wanted to fight it's " rival

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 18 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Might be interesting. They must have just arrived yesterday as today it was quiet, so they must have been setting up territories. Now is the time when walking through the woods quietly meditating to oneself results in a shock as a pheasant rises squawking in front of you!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 18 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

For some reason the pheasants have fallen silent. Perhaps they have now all got their territories and have shut up as they may also have attracted foxes, buzzards, kites, and other animals that fancy a good fat cock pheasant for dinner. They are certainly looking rather magnificent in full mating plumage.

gz



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 18 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


I found this on the pavement in Hanmer Springs.
It is the HuHu beetle, the heaviest longhorn beetle in NZ.
The Wikipedia article on it is good...and recommended by Pete McGregor a naturalist, ecologist and photographer from Pohangina near Palmerston North.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 18 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

do they play for the all blacks?

Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 18 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sharp shin hawk took a junco yesterday morning.



Not great images but keep in mind I was shooting through two layers of glass - kitchen door and storm door.



Color variation because one with flash, one not.

gz



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 18 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not a lot left of that after the meal!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 18 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Both interesting. I had to look up both the beetle and the junco as never heard of either. We do learn a lot about the natural history of other parts of the world on here.

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