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Old 11-09-2014, 01:40 PM   #241
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Nice! You have a pretty clear view with the leaves gone from the branches. Around here, the evergreens make shots like this rare, though we certainly have plenty of Bald Eagles. They're majestic.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:17 PM   #242
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We have them around Land Between The Lakes Nat'l Recreation Area (about a hundred miles west of me) and over at Lake Malone State Park (about forty miles).

If I ever see an eagle in one of my trees (they have been seen around here), Ima have a plaque made, and put it on the tree.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:36 PM   #243
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On Nov 4th there was a BBC Report from West Virginia about your mid-term elections.

I always take an interest in events on your side of the Atlantic but there was a small bonus in the form of two Bald Eagles perched in a tree beside the railway, sorry 'railroad'.

You can see them at about the 1.20 mark in the video.

US mid-terms 2014: Is West Virginia on the right track?

Incidentally, it's the Potomac Eagle Train of the South Branch Valley Railroad.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:58 PM   #244
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This afternoon whilst walking my canine guest, I was aware of a number of Red Kites close by. They were unusually vocal and it was difficult to see them all at once.
On returning home I could see that four of them had settled in a big Ash tree in the paddock at the bottom of the back garden.
They are birds which were persecuted almost to extinction by Victorian game keepers and a small number in mid-Wales were the only surviving examples of the species in the UK for decades.
In 1989 a re-introduction project was started with chicks brought from Spain and Scandinavia. Since then numbers have increased markedly.
They are not a species inclined to move too far from their breeding grounds but when numbers become too great for the available food they tend to spread out.
The local site for the initial release was the John Paul Getty Estate in South Oxfordshire about twelve miles from here and since then they have slowly spread along the Chilterns escarpment.
We've become used to seeing them in the last few years but to have them perch so close to the house was a privilege. They tend to follow the plough and upwards of twenty can be seen in such circumstances.
As my neighbour's back lawn was reduced to the state of a ploughed field by marauding Badgers last night, this might explain their presence.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a photo but these two are included by way of illustration.





Magnificent creatures.

Feeding red kites: a view from the Chilterns
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:13 PM   #245
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Lovely... when they're ripping the flesh from your screaming, writhing, carcass.
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:19 PM   #246
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Lovely... when they're ripping the flesh from your screaming, writhing, carcass.

They're mostly carrion feeders, but will take small birds and mammals from time to time.

Your humble correspondent isn't into either writhing or screaming. Far too much effort involved.
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:22 PM   #247
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But we're all only one breath away from carrion.
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:25 PM   #248
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But we're all only one breath away from carrion.
I know. Bloody frightening, isn't it?
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:34 PM   #249
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To be given a sky funeral by such gorgeous birds would be a win.
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Old 11-11-2014, 02:58 AM   #250
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To be given a sky funeral by such gorgeous birds would be a win.
Yes sir.

And you can do good at the same time in a body farm.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:58 AM   #251
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Here is a not very good pic of the last loon. It should have taken off last week with the rest of them, but it stuck around.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:18 AM   #252
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Yes sir.

And you can do good at the same time in a body farm.
Nooo. Nope. Nuhuh. Not the same, not even close.
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Nooo. Nope. Nuhuh. Not the same, not even close.
I suppose it depends on the farm.

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“You have fields, just open fields, where recently deceased human bodies have been laid out for scientific study,” she tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd.

One of the researchers’ most popular experiments is the so-called vulture study, where bodies are picked clean by the birds.

Mar said after word of the vulture study got out, one out of three donor inquiries the lab received asked specifically to be part of the vulture study.

“Something about this ritual taps into something that’s also relevant in some part of this country,” Mar said.

The practice of “sky burials” is found in some Native American and Buddhist traditions.

“It’s not legal in this country, but it’s happening by default for scientific rather than spiritual reasons in San Marcos,” Mar said.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:37 PM   #254
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Texas? You'll get cats and rats and elephants, as sure as you're born. Not to mention flies and worms and maggots. Tibet doesn't have that problem. Besides they have dudes crushing bones and flesh to mix with flour, butter and tea to feed the crows and birds of prey, after the vultures are done. Much more gooder then Texas maggots and cats.
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Old 11-12-2014, 05:12 AM   #255
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As a matter of fact...
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