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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:06 pm    Post subject: As happy as a.... Reply with quote

There is an old Irish saying/simile -

Chomh haerach le druid

As cheerful as a starling (or gay! if you like).


This fella in my backyard yesterday looks happy enough!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow thats a beautiful photo!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:16 pm    Post subject: chomh h-earach le druid Reply with quote

Lovely shot and good on you. I'm a great admirer of the 'stare' As a kid we had one lived by our house for a couple of years just after television came to that area and the sixty foot aerials went up. He used to copy the sound made by the TV lead falling down the aluminium pole. I only discovered starlings were brilliant mimics on hearing the TV cable banging on the pole one day it was dead calm.

Keep taking wildlife photos!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I never knew that they had such lovely colours.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the nice comments!


This is a few minutes later...

http://i40.tinypic.com/28lf7f8.jpg%5B/IMG%5D


or if you prefer black and white (like moi) you may prefer this






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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and speaking of ' mimic' birds- have you all seen this?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y&feature=related

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thanks for the link, kepler, that was amazing footage.
I was gardening recently, and surprised by the sound of a child's screams, when I realised it was actually a starling perched in a tree, and that he had probably picked up the sound from the national school in the village......think of all the screeches in the playground!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic photos keplar, I could watch starlings all day, they're wonderful birds.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember in the late 60's and early 70's when those horrible 'Trim Phones' were all the rage and you were'nt anyone if you didn't have one Laughing Starlings in small hamlets etc became very adept at imitating that trill the phones made. Very often, myself included, people in their garden would find themselves going into their house to try and answer a phone that wasn't ringing Laughing The amazing thing was, because the birds only heard them ring inside a house, that was exactly the soud they made, a phone ringing in the house Laughing They are really incredible imitators. I've heard Jacdaws do similar. One here sometimes called by imitating my daughter shouting "dad!" I haven't heard it this year though. As a kid I had a pet Jackdaw which was a great mimic, but I admit, they aren't as good or as clever as those little starlings.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These baby starlings were playing at the water feeder(hence the droplets) in the Garden yesterday!

http://i44.tinypic.com/2db5x02.jpg


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me what type of bird this is- it was on the railway track near the Royal Canal in Leixllip.

I think it is either a heron or a crane?

http://i40.tinypic.com/1znpkeq.jpg



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I think I know the answer as Wikipedia says Cranes fly with their necks extended and this guy did too... so let's go for a crane!

http://i41.tinypic.com/2zppjsm.jpg


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics of starlings - my favourite bird. I always keep a nestbox up, specially for them, and they nested in it again this year. They're tremendous workers, (like most birds) - the number of leatherjackets, wireworms etc they drew in to their brood would do your heart good to see! And when the hen was sitting and the cock wasn't so busy, he spent a lot of his time sitting on the branch above the nestbox singing beautifully - serenading his mate, I suppose! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kepler wrote:
Actually I think I know the answer as Wikipedia says Cranes fly with their necks extended and this guy did too... so let's go for a crane!

http://i41.tinypic.com/2zppjsm.jpg


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Afraid not - it's our own native Grey Heron or (if you prefer) Noirin a' Ragaidh.
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