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#177850 - 06/28/08 11:29 AM Re: There is no [Re: Zed]
The Pook Offline
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what a beautiful bird

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#177854 - 06/28/08 02:59 PM Re: There is no [Re: Zed]
twosleepy Offline
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Loc: western NY
Wow, Zed! That truly is a gorgeous bird! I've never seen even a pic of one before. I would plotz if one showed up in my yard! Unfortunate that it's a threatened species...

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#177987 - 07/05/08 08:57 AM Re: Blackbird fly ! [Re: BranShea]
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Last word on birds. Again.

These passerine characters visit our apple tree every day. They are Yellow Wattle Birds (anthochaera paradoxa), an Australian native honeyeater that occurs only here and on the Bass Strait islands. The yellow wattle bird is larger than the mainland red wattle bird and little wattle bird. It is about a foot long from beak to tail. They are quite an ugly bird with a harsh call but impressive looking pendulous yellow wattles hanging from their cheeks. In these shots they are eating the last of the apples. You can see their furry little honeyeater tongues in some of the shots, that they normally use for eating nectar with.








Edited by The Pook (07/05/08 09:10 AM)

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#178003 - 07/05/08 03:01 PM Re: Blackbird fly ! [Re: The Pook]
Faldage Online   sleepy
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Great pix, Pook.

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#178005 - 07/05/08 03:04 PM Re: Blackbird fly ! [Re: Faldage]
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but, truly, an ugli bird!

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#178007 - 07/05/08 07:58 PM Re: Blackbird fly ! [Re: tsuwm]
The Pook Offline
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 Originally Posted By: tsuwm
but, truly, an ugli bird!

Yeah it kinds of reminds me a little of the alien hunter in Predator. Though it has a much nicer disposition of course!

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#178011 - 07/05/08 10:33 PM Re: Blackbird fly ! [Re: The Pook]
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Registered: 12/18/06
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Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
 Originally Posted By: The Pook
Yeah it kinds of reminds me a little of the alien hunter in Predator. Though it has a much nicer disposition of course!


My next thought was a ballchinian* from Men in Black.

* Sorry, don't google this if you are easily offended.

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#178019 - 07/06/08 03:14 AM Re: Blackbird fly ! [Re: olly]
The Pook Offline
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 Originally Posted By: olly
 Originally Posted By: The Pook
Yeah it kinds of reminds me a little of the alien hunter in Predator. Though it has a much nicer disposition of course!


My next thought was a ballchinian* from Men in Black.

* Sorry, don't google this if you are easily offended.

I don't remember this from the movie but I can guess from the pseudo-etymology of the word...

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#180077 - 11/04/08 11:47 AM NEW bird on the block [Re: The Pook]
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True, I never said the last word about birds. This very cute specimen has entered the enclosed space of our city backyards.The Long-tailed Tit. A whole buch of them. Pretty sound they make too.

They live in groups. I read about them and they are just...I hope the Tit family will always stay.

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#180080 - 11/04/08 02:52 PM Re: NEW bird on the block [Re: BranShea]
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Registered: 02/28/08
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Loc: western NY
Man, that's cute! I wish I had tits like that... ;0)

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