Your day's wildlife

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Flick of the Elbow, 17 Feb 2015.

  1. philk56

    philk56 Veteran

    WAy down under
    As others have said, an Australian White Ibis. Due to loss of much of their natural environment they have successfully (some may say too successfully) adapted to urban life, leading to a variety of nicknames, such as Bin Chicken. Having lived in both East and West Australia it's interesting that in the West they are much less visible on the streets, probably due to a larger abundance of natural wetlands that will hopefully continue.
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  2. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    We've been seeing a pair of Bald Eagles regularly in the last few weeks in the bay near our house, or from the ferry. They are much bigger than I'd thought.
  3. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    Have you moved house?
  4. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    I saw one, rather incongruously, in the middle of London today near Chancery Lane
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  5. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    never seen a bald eagle but believe they are the same size as a Golden Eagle which I have seen many times - and yes they are big birds, sometimes people will say "I wasn't sure if it was an eagle or a buzzard" which means it would have been a Buzzard - because the one distinctive feature of an Eagle is its sheer size.

    Where did you see it, was it hunting on the water ?
  6. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    Male Goosander and Female hunting, I guess she's looking for fish before diving.
    Isn't the male just magnificent
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  7. albal

    albal Veteran

    Golden Eagle has a larger wingspan than the bald Eagle. Which I believe is the largest eagle.
  8. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    Seemed to be. When it comes to the ferry sightings, both these eagles and the Snowy Owls we see frequently here in the winter have developed a strategy for getting the ducks that are too slow or tired to get out of the way of the ferry - there's only a narrow ice-free passage in the winter kept open by the ferry so the ducks don't have a lot of choice about where to hang out.

    No, or at least not recently. We moved to Ontario from Newcastle in 2009. Had a year in Tokyo 2013-14, but apart from that we've been here the whole time, although we have built a new house.
  9. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    Sea Eagles (whitetailed) are bigger than Goldens and noticeably so, not only is their wingspan wide the depth is far bigger. Think of an 8x4 sheet of plywood, that is the size of their wings - seen them a few times, just colossal.
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  10. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    do you mean the ferry is killing or injuring the ducks ?
    And the birds of prey have learnt that the ferry has effectively become a source of food.

    any idea what ducks are hunting in these ice flows?
  11. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Armonmy Way
    I was stunned to see one last year on a South facing sunlit wall when it was 0° outside. It was the first week in January.
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  12. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    Surprised to see a red kite landing and scavenging on a (not particularly quiet) road. Must have been hungry.
  13. albal

    albal Veteran

    Cancelled boat trip due to fog this a.m. - black redstart spotted nr Quay was a consolation . Not my picture. Tho same location .

    Wandered alone on the north harbour and spotted : shovelor black wit pochard redshank curlew pintail teal shelduck bh gull .

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  14. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    A fabulous photo, I think you'll agree, of 2 great crested grebes on the sea in Brighton ...

  15. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

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