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Re: Wildlife

Post by RIP » Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:08 pm

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Four Waterfalls Walk
One the best walks in the UK :smile: .

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Re: Wildlife

Post by redefined_cycles » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:51 pm

Enroute to Jons yesterday for a BBdelivery, at this point roughly on the map, just before Pickup Bank, it happened. Can't be certain but for some reason I get the feeling it wss a peregrine falcon. Hovering midair for some time and there was more than 1 (I counted 3 within about half a mile of riding... rubbish camera didn't allow me a clear shot).

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Pretty sure it was lightish brown/freckly underneath and the face (whatever their called on birds) looked to me from a distance like a blue whale!!. Seemed to be riding the wind/wave before swwoping straight down for a kill!! Hovered for a good few minutes.

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Rubbish camera (or did i already say that). Any ideas what it/they could've been

Luckily Jon's bird wasn't too far to get a good shot of...

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Edit: just spoke to my bro in law who just educated me that peregrine wouldn't hover and it most likely a kestrel!! Makes sense... :???:
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Re: Wildlife

Post by whitestone » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:56 pm

If it was hovering, either by holding its position in the wind or by flapping its wings, then it's most likely to be a Kestrel. If what it was hunting was on the ground then even more likely. Peregrines tend to always be on the move and use their speed to "dive bomb" their prey which is usually airborne.
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Re: Wildlife

Post by redefined_cycles » Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:01 pm

whitestone wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:56 pm
If it was hovering, either by holding its position in the wind or by flapping its wings, then it's most likely to be a Kestrel. If what it was hunting was on the ground then even more likely. Peregrines tend to always be on the move and use their speed to "dive bomb" their prey which is usually airborne.
Amazing... I thought you'd know bob. Thanks

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Re: Wildlife

Post by redefined_cycles » Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:49 pm

Not my pic but a mate from Birmigham (think he works in London or summat) sent me this beauty. Is he right (that it's a kestrel) or is it more than a 'cut and shut'...

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Re: Wildlife

Post by frogatthefarriers » Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:44 pm

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This chap was sitting on his log just by the bolt end of a gate we had to go through on the WRT on Saturday. Southern Hawker dragonfly. A beaut!
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Re: Wildlife

Post by Borderer » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:30 am

frogatthefarriers wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:44 pm
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This chap was sitting on his log just by the bolt end of a gate we had to go through on the WRT on Saturday. Southern Hawker dragonfly. A beaut!
Looks very similar to the one Joe found in Sutherland recently.

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Re: Wildlife

Post by Borderer » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:31 am

Borderer wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:30 am
frogatthefarriers wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:44 pm
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This chap was sitting on his log just by the bolt end of a gate we had to go through on the WRT on Saturday. Southern Hawker dragonfly. A beaut!
Looks a similar size but a different type to the one Joe found in Sutherland recently.

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Re: Wildlife

Post by redefined_cycles » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:26 pm

Missus just sent me this. Skunks saying hello to a cyclist. Thankfully they never sprayed him/her...

https://youtu.be/vszWsYOdnPg

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Re: Wildlife

Post by JimmyG » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:37 am

Yesterday evening while making my away along an Edinburgh cycle path on my way home from September’s BAM (write-up to follow later), I had a very close encounter with a fox. Having overtaken a female jogger, I had picked up speed again when what I at first thought was a dog loped almost casually across my path. I had to brake hard and assumed the fox would quickly disappear into the undergrowth. However, not at all - it proceeded to spray its scent in a bare patch of earth at the side of the path then, task complete, it made its way along the path’s edge, in my direction. Despite the imminent arrival of the afore-mentioned jogger, the fox showed no signs of being alarmed or in any way nervous.

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It now had an audience of three – the jogger, another cyclist and me, but rather than scarper it came to within a metre of my right leg and looked up at me as if begging for food. Sadly, thinking it had been just about to head into the undergrowth, I’d already put my phone away (honest!) and couldn’t capture that precise moment but it’s a memory that will stay with me forever. The spell was finally broken when three young lads on bikes approached and it finally occurred to the fox that it was time to head off into the bushes.

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Re: Wildlife

Post by AndreR » Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:02 am

Had a very cool encounter on Friday evening while riding along a bridleway. A bird dropped out of a tree just ahead of me and flew fast and low away down the bridleway before shooting up into a tree. As I got close it did the same again. Did that 3 times until the bridleway ended at a lane where it jinked right up the lane and vanished. Stopped at the end just inside the trees and looked up the lane to see a female Sparrow Hawk crouched on the verge with what looked like a Blackbird in her claw. A brief second or two eyeballing each other before she shot away over the hedge with her supper. Buzzing for the rest of the ride!
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