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  • Birdwatching lesson.

    I went for a stroll with my daughter on the moors yesterday evening. Part of her job is monitoring birds on windfarm sites so she gets a lot of practice at moorland birding.

    First off a black dot shot into the sky and then started singing. "Skylark" I yelled. Nope, Meadow Pipit says she, it sings on the way down. She never looked BTW, recognized the song. I got the Curlew right, then she announced "a snipe drumming" I couldn't hear anything but lo and behold we managed to spot a pair of snipe displaying above. Finally a bird shot up out of the heather "Skylarks nest". She went straight to the nest and I got a quick shot off

    Within 10 seconds we were away from the nest so the eggs didn't cool and mother returned straight away. I'd never have found a nest, but apparently Skylarks behave differently if you are very close to the nest so it's easy, innit?

    So much to learn, so little time
    John

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    Re: Birdwatching lesson.

    Should take her with you when birding John, or you go out and about with her when she is monitoring, might learn abit and get some amazing piccies too.

    Dave

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    • #3
      Re: Birdwatching lesson.

      Wish I had that sort of experience, I can spot the birds OK, but have to identify a lot later
      How nice is that, Father and daughter enjoying the day?
      The picture tells the story, great when you have a bad memory.DW.

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      • #4
        Re: Birdwatching lesson.

        In the 90's I was part of a group protecting a Peregrine nest site 24/7. Some of us could sex the Peregrines by their calls. The bigger female had a more 'raspy' call them the male.
        It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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        • #5
          Re: Birdwatching lesson.

          That would have been a nice experience John and it's a nice picture as a memento.
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          • #6
            Re: Birdwatching lesson.

            Trainspotting is not dead!

            thanks for sharing
            chris
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            • #7
              Re: Birdwatching lesson.

              Great story and picture, John.
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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              • #8
                Re: Birdwatching lesson.

                Originally posted by Imageryone View Post
                Wish I had that sort of experience, I can spot the birds OK, but have to identify a lot later
                How nice is that, Father and daughter enjoying the day?
                Just what I was thinking So rare these days

                Fab information - I struggle with bird id of the plumage - let alone the calls. Friends who seem to know all bird calls suggest I download them to my tablet/pc and listen to one a day and if I take the tablet or my phone with them downloaded on walks, I can id as I walk about ... one day I shall
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                • #9
                  Re: Birdwatching lesson.

                  Chevvy, listen to radio 4's tweet of the day just before 6am.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Birdwatching lesson.

                    I've got CDs of North American bird songs and calls but don't find them very useful. I find it a lot easier to learn calls by watching the birds sing and call.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Birdwatching lesson.

                      The daughter's got a one of these, which drove the cat berserk until it got used to it.

                      I reckon that if you could learn the common birds you can tell if there's something unusual around.
                      John

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                      • #12
                        Re: Birdwatching lesson.

                        Thanks for sharing a nice story. Me too would like to become better at this.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Birdwatching lesson.

                          SWMBO has the North American version of the clock, highly annoying to the point the calls are turned off all the time.
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                          • #14
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                            We have 2 clocks. The North American one is turned off and the British one is on. We also have Kate Humbles CD of bird songs (free with the Telegraph).
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