Minipecks 2012… Finally

They’re a bit late this year,

UPDATE: Yeah – it seemed like they came late this year, but in fact, a week sooner than they did last year. Ho hum.

There are only 2 of them to start off with. This does not fill me with optimism, based on past rates of attrition over the first 3-6 months of their lives.

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Heh.

AJ

Failwhale: Pretty good job, actually.

Ahh.. the antarctic right whale.

A couple on a whale-watching trip off Cape Town, South Africa, say they had a lucky escape when a 10m (33ft) specimen leapt on to their yacht.

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I remember years ago, Ben Elton used to close one of his stand-up routines with a piece about ‘bio-diversity’ by describing the behaviour of this particular creature.

To cut a long story, short, the whale just tried to shag their boat. And it succeeded to the tune of £8.5k.

Nice work.

AJ

ORLY OWL?

Awesome stuff…

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Police have warned people not to approach a dangerous giant owl that could be hungry enough to attack and eat domestic pets.

The European eagle owl, which has a 2m (6ft) wingspan and is 1m tall, escaped from an enclosure in its owner’s back garden at Lower Stratton, near Swindon, Wiltshire, on Sunday

A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman said: “The owner went into the enclosure and the owl flew at him. He ducked and the bird flew out.”

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“As it has been bred in captivity, the owl is unlikely to attack humans, but it could try to carry off a cat or small dog. If anyone spots the owl they should contact police and we will send an appropriate team with the right sort of equipment to catch it.”

Might I be so bold as to suggest…

My cats are confined to barracks until further notice.

AJ

UPDATE: Found this fantastic pic on Google: http://bit.ly/c7scmE

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Nature Gawp 6…

On of our pecksters is missing….

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I’d like to think that the third chick was indentified as male and re-homed… I hope.

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Here’s a family pic, with speshul brudder in the background.

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Recall, if you will, that on 21st June, the chicks looked like this:

The full series of pics in this longitudinal study are here: https://aljahom.wordpress.com/category/nature-gawp/

AJ