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Slim



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 20 1:11 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I remember thinking I would never eat liver after hearing the story of Antarctic explorers taking their skin off like a sock stuck in their boots, from eating sled dog livers.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 20 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yum, i spose foot skin stew makes a nice change from mutt

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 20 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Isn't that a problem only with mainly carnivorous, but partly omnivorous animals. I though on the whole, mainly herbivorous liver was safe.

Shane



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 20 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks like our baby laughing doves will be ready to leave the nest soon:




Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 20 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They look lovely. What is the nest built in as it looks man made?

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 20 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice colouring. They match the wall very well.

Shane



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 20 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
They look lovely. What is the nest built in as it looks man made?


The metal flaps behind are the louvres on the outside of the extractor fan for our bathroom Fortunately, we don't need to turn it on!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 20 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

are they the same colours as the environment or are they a bit dusty?

either way the're hansom looking birds.

are they a common spp or a rarity? i have never seen a photo of one before but that probably goes for the "sparrows and pigeons" of most places.

nesting in things one might wish to use is a price i am willing to give them for a few weeks when they do it to me.

Shane



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 20 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's their natural plummage - still a bit fluffy, as they're bairns, but pretty much the full adult colour now. I guess they match the house because the house is painted the same colour as the desert

We have them everywhere here, but not in oppressive numbers. Garden is normally full of sparrows (three families of whom have young 'uns in my RSPB sparrow terraces), mynas and yellow-rumped bulbuls, with the occasional Indian silverbill stopping by. Parakeets (indigenous, not escapees as in the UK), fly over every night at 5:30pm - you can set your clock by them.

Shane



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 20 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is one of our Indian silverbills, hiding in one of our palm trees:




Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 20 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are the sparrows indigenous, as it seems odd that you get them along with birds we think of as exotic?

The birds are getting on with spring here. Heard a woodpecker drumming up in the woods yesterday, as well as hearing a thrush, and was greeted by a beautiful blackbird song when I arrived home.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 20 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice snaps, the silverbills are rather elegant

i do not know what mynahs are like in the wild, tame and captive ones are better at language and mimicry than parrots.
they get phrases easily and seem to actually use human language to inform their person of what they want or feel.

they are clever, it might be fun to find out if "diplomacy" can establish a relationship with wild ones.
if you get chummy they do have a sense of humour which the one i knew expressed in practical jokes and surprising landings as well as in words unsuitable for the social situation*.

*perhaps methodist missionaries should be careful about getting pets from sailors, the bird was far more dockside whorehouse than chapel:lol:

Shane



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 20 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Are the sparrows indigenous, as it seems odd that you get them along with birds we think of as exotic?


Sparrows seem to be endemic wherever in the world you go! Whether they've spread themselves over the globe naturally or followed humans as they went (they're always the first birds that make their way into hyperstores, aren't they) I don't know.

Shane



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 20 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
nice snaps, the silverbills are rather elegant

i do not know what mynahs are like in the wild, tame and captive ones are better at language and mimicry than parrots.
they get phrases easily and seem to actually use human language to inform their person of what they want or feel.

they are clever, it might be fun to find out if "diplomacy" can establish a relationship with wild ones.
if you get chummy they do have a sense of humour which the one i knew expressed in practical jokes and surprising landings as well as in words unsuitable for the social situation*.

*perhaps methodist missionaries should be careful about getting pets from sailors, the bird was far more dockside whorehouse than chapel:lol:


Could be a fun experiment to while away the hours if we all get locked away at home - there's plenty of them around here

Shane



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 20 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Got a few snaps of one of our yellow-rumped bulbuls. He was busy serenading the ladies from one of the neighbour's trees. Managed to catch a shot of him showing off his tail feathers, too!





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