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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2023 12:13 
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Isn't that lovely?

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That is a wonderful example of Batesian Mimicry and an excellent picture!

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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2023 13:10 
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I walked out in to the back garden, that counts right? This chonky boi is not a wasp, a hornet or a bee. It is a moth.

Coincidentally I was also in the garden yesterday and also saw a moth. Not as cool though, despite what its name implies it looks nothing like a gigantic cat.

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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2023 13:54 
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I think so, there are some near one of my hiking spots in Dartmoor, although this was much larger than the ones I've seen on my walks.

They have one of the largest wingspans of birds of prey in the UK - think there's only a few species that are wider (eagles) :luv:

(You probably already know this but it's not often I get to nerd out about birds of prey :DD )

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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2023 16:13 
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Ooh, maybe you know this then - do red kites tend to (out-)compete buzzards?

One was circling over ours a couple of weeks back, first time we've seen one round here in 6 years, and also this year we're seeing basically no buzzards instead of at least one successful breeding pair - a lone one has appeared again this last week, only seen it twice in that time instead of daily.

The buzzards and local murder of crows always fight though, and the crows are really succeeding (huge number of the noisy bastards now), so maybe that's a contributor.


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2023 16:27 
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I know that they're not that strong despite their wing size, but they're good at stealing food from birds in flight, so if they're nicking the buzzards kills, maybe?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2023 16:30 
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Isn't that lovely?

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Jem wrote:
Malc wrote:
I think so, there are some near one of my hiking spots in Dartmoor, although this was much larger than the ones I've seen on my walks.

They have one of the largest wingspans of birds of prey in the UK - think there's only a few species that are wider (eagles) :luv:

(You probably already know this but it's not often I get to nerd out about birds of prey :DD )


I did not actually know that, I am starting to wonder if the birds I see on the moors are not red kites after all!

I will try and take a picture (although I might have some already, so I'll check that too)

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GazChap wrote:
I walked out in to the back garden, that counts right? This chonky boi is not a wasp, a hornet or a bee. It is a moth.


It's a beehemoth!


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Findus Fop wrote:
GazChap wrote:
I walked out in to the back garden, that counts right? This chonky boi is not a wasp, a hornet or a bee. It is a moth.


It's a beehemoth!

Bravo!

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Findus Fop wrote:
GazChap wrote:
I walked out in to the back garden, that counts right? This chonky boi is not a wasp, a hornet or a bee. It is a moth.


It's a beehemoth!

Giphy "applause":
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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2023 9:32 
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Malc wrote:
I did not actually know that, I am starting to wonder if the birds I see on the moors are not red kites after all!

The tail is the giveaway, they have a distinctive forked tail (although as per your photo it can be quite subtle at certain angles) that other birds of pray don't :)

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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
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Jem wrote:
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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2023 10:28 
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Too early for this shit :DD

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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
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Isn't that lovely?

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Jem wrote:
Malc wrote:
I did not actually know that, I am starting to wonder if the birds I see on the moors are not red kites after all!

The tail is the giveaway, they have a distinctive forked tail (although as per your photo it can be quite subtle at certain angles) that other birds of pray don't :)


Yeah, I went through my pictures, and I found some, but they were taken on my old phone, and they are too far away to see the tail shape in them.

I see them quite often on the moors, just need my knee to get better, the weather to get good, and to remember to take my camera and then hope they are out and about.

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Should have got into the forklift game apparently.


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The weather continues to be rubbish but erosion of the bridleway I walk Nutmeg along has at least given me a chuckle today.


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Utterly ridiculous scenery.


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BikNorton wrote:
The weather continues to be rubbish but erosion of the bridleway I walk Nutmeg along has at least given me a chuckle today.

:DD Excellent spotting.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2023 14:30 
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GazChap wrote:
Utterly ridiculous scenery.


Amazing shots! Where is this?


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Thanks! :)

The first shot was taken while standing on the Athabasca Glacier, near the Columbia Icefield in the Jasper National Park, in Canada.

Second shot was taken at Moraine Lake, in the Banff National Park (again, in Canada)

Third shot was taken a short walk away from the hotel that we were staying at in Banff, the Banff Springs Hotel.


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of things seen whilst walking
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Kern wrote:
GazChap wrote:
Utterly ridiculous scenery.


Amazing shots! Where is this?

What, my English scenery shot isn't good enough for you or something?


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