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BigV 11-09-2014 12:40 PM

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.

Gravdigr 11-09-2014 03:17 PM

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.

Carruthers 11-09-2014 03:36 PM

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.

Carruthers 11-10-2014 02:58 PM

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

xoxoxoBruce 11-10-2014 03:13 PM

Lovely... when they're ripping the flesh from your screaming, writhing, carcass. :eek:

Carruthers 11-10-2014 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 913944)
Lovely... when they're ripping the flesh from your screaming, writhing, carcass. :eek:

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. :eek:

xoxoxoBruce 11-10-2014 03:22 PM

But we're all only one breath away from carrion. :haha:

Carruthers 11-10-2014 03:25 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 913947)
But we're all only one breath away from carrion. :haha:

I know. Bloody frightening, isn't it? :eek::eek::eek:

Griff 11-10-2014 04:34 PM

To be given a sky funeral by such gorgeous birds would be a win.

BigV 11-11-2014 01:58 AM


Originally Posted by Griff (Post 913953)
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.

fargon 11-11-2014 05:58 AM

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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.

xoxoxoBruce 11-11-2014 09:18 AM


Originally Posted by BigV (Post 913977)
Yes sir.

And you can do good at the same time in a body farm.

Nooo. Nope. Nuhuh. Not the same, not even close. :headshake

BigV 11-11-2014 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 913988)
Nooo. Nope. Nuhuh. Not the same, not even close. :headshake

I suppose it depends on the farm.


“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.

xoxoxoBruce 11-11-2014 09:37 PM

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.

xoxoxoBruce 11-12-2014 04:12 AM

As a matter of fact...

BigV 11-12-2014 10:31 AM

I see. Good links, xoB, thanks. I see some important differences in the two scenarios. The first and most significant difference is that the sky burial has a substantial spiritual component and that aspect is missing entirely from the operation in Texas (and other body farms in the US). The two different procedures spring from different motivations. In Texas, there's no shortage of resources to bury the dead unlike the steppes of Mongolia. There isn't the necessity in Texas to process the bodies in this way that there is in Mongolia.

But the process is largely the same. I don't know what happens with the skeletons in Texas, though I'm sure they're under continued observation. Both processes serve a higher purpose. Both processes are deliberate. Both processes involve the knowledge of the deceased. I think they're more alike than they are different.

xoxoxoBruce 11-12-2014 11:53 AM

I'd read several articles about Tibet's sky burials, it was a coincidence I ran across those links last night. No, not the same. Not because of the spiritual aspect of proper disposal, but the method of employing the body breakers, who are basically lunch ladies for vultures and other flying creatures.

Undertoad 11-12-2014 12:12 PM

It was an IotD once!

Gravdigr 11-24-2014 02:48 PM

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I don't condone trapping, but, goddamn look at the size of these wolves!

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Northern Minnesota.

Griff 11-24-2014 06:56 PM

Dude, winter is coming.

orthodoc 11-24-2014 07:04 PM

Take out the apex predators, destroy the ecosystem.
This is cowardly and disgusting, MN. Nothing justifies this.

Gravdigr 11-25-2014 12:34 AM

They (the wolves) are eating all the moose and squirrel deer. Like, way, way too many.

The wolves are too successful/efficient for their own good.

Sundae 11-26-2014 09:32 PM

Take out the direwolves and you get left with the lions
(apols to Griff who was being more subtle)

Gravdigr 11-27-2014 03:51 PM

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Walked out on my porch the other afternoon and there was one of my squrls. He sat up on his hind legs, looked me straight in the eye, and said "Cookie, motherfucker!"

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I got him a cookie. Best not to mess with them thug squrls.

orthodoc 11-27-2014 08:09 PM

You're his bitch now, grav. Stock up on those cookies.

xoxoxoBruce 12-04-2014 10:22 PM

Teach him to catch Blue Jays.

xoxoxoBruce 12-05-2014 05:02 AM

Wild Canadian horses...

It's worth seeing big... vimeo

The national government just took control of the island from the province and had a $35,000 study done on the welfare of the horses. the result is the horses "may face extinction".
OH my, oh no, why, pray tell?
1- If we have a bad winter and the food gets covered with ice/snow they'll starve, even though they haven't since the mid 1700s. :rolleyes:
2- Inbreeding may have weakened the herd. May? :eyebrow:

Guess the author had to make them feel they got their $35000 worth.

Gravdigr 12-05-2014 02:35 PM

I just learned about Sable Island, its horses, and watched that very video recently.

DanaC 12-06-2014 07:59 AM

They're Lovely!

Wild horses on Dartmoor:

(not truly 'wild' so much as* feral)

*bloody furious

glatt 12-06-2014 11:09 AM

Last time we camped on Assateague (in September) one of the wild horses came up to our hard plastic cooler and opened the lid with its teeth. It was one of those hard plastic lids that kinda pushed over a bump in the body of the cooler to snap closed on the other side of the bump. So not an actual latch, but more like a snap. Anyway, the horse opened the rigid plastic cooler with its mouth and grabbed a big plastic bag of grapes and started chewing the bag and sucking the juice out of the holes it was perforating in the bag. They were obnoxious creatures, those wild horses. It was against the law to touch them, and so you just had to keep your wits about you when they were around. Yelling at them and waving your arms and banging pots and pans in their faces did absolutely nothing.

xoxoxoBruce 12-10-2014 04:37 PM

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I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat...

Gravdigr 12-11-2014 03:19 PM

I saw dat puddytat and thought, that has GOT to be in Canada.

Nope, Colorado.

Nevermind that link, go to this one.

Griff 12-11-2014 08:34 PM


Lamplighter 12-15-2014 04:04 PM

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Gramma set up 3 birdfeeders...

DanaC 12-15-2014 04:40 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 916068)
I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat...

Ohmigod look at those paws! Beautiful!

classicman 12-18-2014 08:25 PM

Gramma needs to get some vaseline. Oh, and move them further apart.

Gravdigr 12-19-2014 03:36 PM


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 916696)
Gramma needs to get some vaseline. Oh, and move them further apart.

Well that's just sick.

classicman 12-19-2014 04:01 PM

Bwahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa I forgot to post the video ..

Wait - that sounds gross too....


BigV 12-27-2014 01:51 PM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 916746)
Well that's just sick.

It just *sounds* sick.

If that hadn't happened, none of us would be here, posting. Hmmm?

Gravdigr 12-27-2014 04:19 PM

Uh, whut?

fargon 12-27-2014 07:07 PM


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 916756)
Bwahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa I forgot to post the video ..

Wait - that sounds gross too....


We have done this IRL.

classicman 12-27-2014 10:59 PM


xoxoxoBruce 12-28-2014 04:20 AM

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I wonder why they felt compelled to sedate him/her, just for a routine physical?

Griff 12-28-2014 07:54 AM


Gravdigr 12-29-2014 04:21 PM

Da Bears.

xoxoxoBruce 01-18-2015 08:16 PM

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Creepy cat. :unsure:

Griff 01-19-2015 07:41 AM

I like his looks.

xoxoxoBruce 01-19-2015 09:15 AM

Agreed, he doesn't look the least bit aggressive, more like a wise and patient old soul.

BigV 01-19-2015 09:19 AM

Reminds me of Barf from Spaceballs

Clodfobble 01-19-2015 09:49 AM

He does!

Lamplighter 01-19-2015 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 919684)
Agreed, he doesn't look the least bit aggressive, more like a wise and patient old soul.


xoxoxoBruce 01-19-2015 10:39 AM

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Some suggestion from the net...

busterb 02-05-2015 10:06 AM

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Catfish for dinner?

glatt 02-05-2015 11:28 AM


xoxoxoBruce 02-05-2015 07:00 PM


The term albino catfish can refer both to an albino specimen of any catfish species or to a particular species of catfish the Albino Cory Catfish
But the Cory a pet trade creation that only grows to 2.5 inches long. I wonder what kind of catfish they are, they have a strange shape.

xoxoxoBruce 02-07-2015 11:12 PM

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Limey keeps the wolves away in the wilds of the distant ...stans.

limey 02-08-2015 03:27 AM

That's exactly how I do it!

Sent by thought transference

busterb 02-17-2015 01:20 PM

How not to catch a fish

xoxoxoBruce 02-24-2015 03:20 AM

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fargon 02-24-2015 06:07 AM


Originally Posted by busterb (Post 922066)

Not my favorite way to catch a fish.

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