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Congratulations!

 

Lovely birds, lovely photos!

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Thanks everybody! And indeed @xelas, we missed you and Zvezda a lot!     Let´s just say I had a really, really, really good day!   80/E80.) Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) / B

27/E27.) Red Kite (Milvus milvus) / Rotmilan   Gaisau/Tirol, 13/2/21. My star poser for today. Stays through the Winter unlike its Black cousin. A bird that has made quite a spectacular come

74/E74.) Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) / Bekassine   Söll/Tirol, 11/3. Their camouflage is just incredible. I flushed this bird and even though I saw where it went down I could hardly f

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Congratulations on getting to 100 and beyond. A very special one for your #100 ! Also cracking photos again: Red-crested Pochard, flight shots of the swallows etc, etc. Even your doubles would make me jealous...;)

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congratulations on the century with some stunning shots.

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michael-ibk

Many thanks everybody!

 

On 4/9/2021 at 9:01 AM, xelas said:

After vaccination (any date?) numbers will only get better.

 

I will only believe it when it actually happens but we do have an appointment in just 8 days! Can hardly wait. And to my huge relief my parents both got their first jab yesterday.:)

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104/E104.) Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) / Zwergschnepfe

 

Söll/Tirol, 11/4/21. Onwards with a perfect ebc. Still, very happy with this - such a tough bird to see. And not one you stumble upon by accident normally - this was a rubber boot mission, and indeed we flushed two (and six Snipes). Supposed to be very, very rare in Austria - but who knows really with birds like these.

 

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And a bonus Willow Warbler from today which posed much more nicely than the original posting:

 

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105/E105.) Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficolli) / Zwergtaucher

 

Schanz/Tirol, 11/4/21. Another dwarf. Not that uncommon but shy and, well, little! So I was reasonably pleased with this one swimming not too far away in the Inn river.

 

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And speaking of little things - saw two Stoats today. Distant but too nice an animal not to show it.

 

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106/E106.) Greylag Goose (Anser anser) / Graugans

 

Schwemm/Tirol, 11/4/21. They are abundant in some areas (like in Seewinkel where it´s difficult not to stumble over them) but not here - this is actually a new bird for my Tirol list. An extensive bog area where some of them started to breed last year.

 

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107/E107.) Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) / Wiedehopf

 

Ebbs/Tirol, 11/4/21. Yabbadabbadooh, Hoopoe Hoopoe Hoopoe! :) My favourite bird, so good to see it at home.

 

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While it´s actually the fourth individuaI´ve seen in two weeks (well, it´s migration time but still quite exceptional) they are normally so much more difficult to get close to than in Africa. I am on a Birding WhatsApp Group (we alert each other to significant sightings). One of us reported a Hoopoe and gave me the general whereabouts. Did not expect much, it was hours ago but thought no harm in trying.

 

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And to my surprise we really found it after a bit of searching. While it flew off initially we approached very, very slowly and carefully the second time. And it was so busy feeding (amazing how much stuff it found) that the Hoopoe tolerated us for almost 15 minutes, maybe only 20 or 30 metres away in the end.

 

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Galana

Well you certainly indulged yourself in Hoopoe and why not?  Special tick for the Stoat. Always a good find.

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xelas

That is almost like a model shooting session! Great work, Hoopoe and Michael.

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KiwiGran

I am enjoying reading the BY threads and am learning lots about birds all around the world so thank you all.

I am fascinated by the response to @michael-ibkposting of the photo of a stoat. In New Zealand the word stoat elicits a very negative response along with other mustelids, weasel, pole cat and ferret. This is because in our country introduced species such as these, along with brush tail possums from Australia,  are devastating our bird life. The only place our ground dwelling and flightless birds (kiwi, kakapo etc) are safe are on offshore predator free islands or mainland predator fenced sanctuaries. With no endemic mammals apart from 2 species of bats and a number of marine mammals our birds are so vulnerable to introduced species and have little defence against them. Presumably in your country they are more in balance?

The government has a vision of being predator free by 2050 - a laudable aim but an extremely difficult one. https://predatorfreenz.org/big-picture/pf-2050-vision/

 

 

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@KiwiGran

 

I read about the damage introduced species are inflicting on the natural (avi)fauna in your part of the World. And I think it´s a good thing the government tries to get rid of them - certainly a very difficult task. Maybe not undoable, they´ve managed to accomplish something similar in New Georgia. Much smaller scale of course but still.

 

But here Stoats are very much part of the natural ecology system. I don´t think they pose any real threat to any bird species population. Certainly House Cats devour way more songbirds and are much more of an issue. Then again, most garden birds are not threatened. But some species like Serin (much on the decline) are certainly under pressure from them I assume.

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A really excellent set of Hoopoe photos, @michael-ibk. It's such a beautiful bird and I do share your joy at finding and photographing one! That Jack Snipe was a good find, too!

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Galana

Stoats are no real threat to avifauna in their natural habitat. More than enough rabbits and hares to keep them happy. As always it is unnatural introductions that cause the problems. Here it is the darn Hedgehog that devastates ground nesting terns. Fortunately IOM Government are very strict in controlling idiots you seek to upset things. a few years back somebody brought over his 'pet' Grey Squirrel (aka American Tree Rat) and let it go. He got thrown in jail til he confessed where it was to be found.

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