Tag Archives: curlew

Giblet Envy

25 Jun

Here are some things I have seen which are birds in the last week I seen them.

Mostly near Pagham Harbour and Warblington. No links today. Search for them yourselves. You are not worth my effort.

And I heard a cuckoo near Pagham Harbour. But I couldn’t photo the noise. You filth horse.

Various out of focus birds.

Various out of focus birds.

Satan's very own zebra robin.

Satan’s very own zebra robin.

Ninjavocet?

Ninjavocet?

Jesus Christ! What the fudge is that?

Jesus Christ! What the fudge is that?

Is this the hudsonian whimbrel I've been hearing about? No; it's just a curlew.

Is this the hudsonian whimbrel I’ve been hearing about? No; it’s just a curlew.

What is this? I don't even care anymore.

What is this? I don’t even care anymore.

Goldfinch about to ram raid a Spar and nick all the fags and sell them down the pub. £1 a packet. To feed it's skag habit. I'm not judging or anything. But, goldfinch is an anagram of golf dinch. So we shouldn't be so surprised.

Goldfinch about to ram raid a Spar and nick all the fags and sell them down the pub. £1 a packet. To feed it’s skag habit. I’m not judging or anything. But, goldfinch is an anagram of golf dinch. So we shouldn’t be so surprised.

Nearly in focus blackbird.

Nearly in focus blackbird.

Sussofow

9 Sep

I’ve invented the latest birdwatching jargon that all the cool birdwatchers are saying when they are not busy being an oxymoron. S.S.O.F.W. Pronounced “Sussofow“. It stands for Some Sort Of Wader. Here are some sussofows I seen at Farlington Marshes the other day. See if you can ID them as probably greenshanks or something like that.

S.S.O.F.W.

S.S.O.F.W.

S.S.O.F.W. again but a few seconds later.

S.S.O.F.W. again but a few seconds later.

I seen other things I already seen before too. Boredwatching. Frankly, you people are lucky I still bother.

Redshank and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Redshank and Hopkirk (Deceased).

The Only Way Is Egret.

The Only Way Is Egret.

The Greenshank Redemption.

The Greenshank Redemption.

The Curlew Factor.

The Curlew Factor.

Starlings In Their Eyes.

Starlings In Their Eyes.

Godwit About The House.

Godwit About The House.

This Is Your Egret.

This Is Your Egret.

Waiting For Godwit.

Waiting For Godwit.

Unrelaxing

18 Mar

So this morning I gone down to Bosham Harbour before work. I watched this curlew fruitlessly searching for his contact lens.

Curlew.

Curlew.

Curltoo.

Curltoo.

It would have been a lovely relaxing start to the day but I was haunted by the apparition of a headless greenfinch doomed to wander the Earth tormenting souls as he himself is tormented. Which left me feeling a bit tense.

Headless greenfinch's ghost.

Headless greenfinch’s ghost.

Even seeing a mallard get his beard stuck in the mud didn’t lift my spirits after that.

A mallard what got his beard stuck in the mud.

A mallard what got his beard stuck in the mud.

Water Pipit

30 Nov

I done Farlington Marshes this morning and I seen a water pipit. I think it is a water pipit. It was near water and it looks pipitty.

I think this is a water pipit

I think this is a water pipit

I also saw a Magpie Tree (treeus magpius). Magpie trees are not really trees. They are elaborate eggs from which magpies hatch, like the ones in this picture.

Magpie Tree

Magpie Tree

I also seen other things but they was mostly out of focus on account of the cold weather and the earliness:

Canada geese

Canada geese

Brent Geese

Brent Geese

Black-Tailed Godwits

Black-Tailed Godwits

Birds

Birds

Teals

Teals

Stonechat

Stonechat

Starlings

Starlings

Shelducks

Shelducks

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting

Pintail

Pintail

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Little Egret

Little Egret

Lapwing (complete with wing laps)

Lapwing (complete with wing laps)

Kestrel

Kestrel

Great Crested Grebes

Great Crested Grebes

Curlews

Curlews

Curlew

Curlew

Cormorant

Cormorant

Kestrelamp

30 Sep

Today I gone on the Farlington Marshes. I seen this kestrel.

Kestrel

Kestrel

It made me do thinking about what it would look like as a lamp. This is what it would look like as a lamp.

Kest rellamp

Specifications:

Accommodates 1 x 40W E17 glass bulb of death

Versatile flexible neck

Overall dimensions – 14 x 13.5 x 19 x 81 x 2 x 17

Pink finish. Lemon start. Mild hampering undertone

Integral on/off switch, outegral off/on switch, detrimental oil switch

Review:

For the price this is a reasonable lamp. It is spoilt somewhat by the flapping and scratching at your eyes, but the bulb tends to last at least an hour before smashing into your face. The multiple switches enable inflight programming and the confusion is just a different type of fun once you get used to it. I give this lamp three stars out of five. £7.99 from most avian-electrical retailers.

I also seen a other things.

Little egret. Ideal for illuminating those hard to reach places. Touch sensative switches. No dimmer. 6/10

Little egret. Ideal for illuminating those hard to reach places. Touch sensitive switches. No dimmer. 6/10

Curlew. Halogen. Too bright for domestic use. Should come with a warning. 2/10

Curlew. Halogen. Too bright for domestic use. Should come with a warning. 2/10

Black-tailed godwit. I've no idea whether it would make a good lamp as it came with one of those funny two-prong American plugs. 0/10

Black-tailed godwit. I’ve no idea whether it would make a good lamp as it came with one of those funny two-prong American plugs. 0/10

A black-backed gull wishing it was a lamp. But failing. 0/10

A black-backed gull wishing it was a lamp. But failing. 0/10

Redshank. Bulb goes here.

Redshank. Bulb goes here. 7/10

BIRD. NOT LAMP.

BIRD. NOT LAMP. PLEASE IGNORE ACCIDENTAL TEXT BOX.

The gull wasn’t at Farlington Marshes. The gull was at the Hayling Island Ferry bit in Eastney. I would have sworn he was great black-backed at the time, but he looks a dull grey in the photo. I hate him.

Waders

1 Mar

I been up Farlington Marshes and I seen a load of waders but I ain’t really sure what they are. Do you know what they are? They are probably all redshanks to be honest. I dunno.

Darth Wader

Darth Wader

Is this the wader Amarillo?

Is this the wader Amarillo?

I'm going to go out on a limb and identify these as dunlin. I think.

I’m going to go out on a limb and identify these as dunlin. I think.

I seen some other stuff too.

Black-tailed godwitses

Black-tailed godwitses

Curlew

Curlew

Fuzzy buzzard

Fuzzy buzzard

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Little grebe.

Little grebe.

Pintail

Pintail

Redshank

Redshank

Ringed plover.

Ringed plover.

Ringed plovers.

Ringed plovers.

Shelduck.

Shelduck.

Someone spoke to me again today. Ruined everything.

Red-Breasted Mergitser

8 Feb

Popped to Ferry Road again. Seen the merganser again. It purposely messed my picture up. Seen other stuff and all.

Red-breasted merganser taking off and flying behing a jetty at an inconvenient moment. Out of spite.

Red-breasted merganser taking off and flying behing the jetty at an inconvenient moment. Out of spite.

Little Egret.

Little Egret.

Curlew and oystercatchers.

Curlew and oystercatchers.

Some turnstones, enthusiastically failing to turn stones for the camera.

Some turnstones, enthusiastically failing to turn stones for the camera.

Turnstones not even bothering to pretend to turn stones for the camera.

Turnstones not even bothering to pretend to turn stones for the camera.

I think the BTO should set about culling all birds that fail to live up the their names.

Ducks

30 Jan

I gone to Farlington Marshes this morning. Didn’t seen anything but ducks. I hate ducks. They are basically the bird version of dolphins; smug beyond reason.

Shelduck.

Shelduck.

Redshank.

Redshank.

Miserable manacled male wigeon.

Miserable manacled male wigeon.

Curlew.

Curlew.

And for those of you that think some of these birds are not ducks; yes they are, durrrrrrrrrrrr, you is well fick.

Murky Birds

14 Jan

I gone to Farlington Marshes this morning. Just because it was all snowy and sleety and cloudy, the birds gave in being in focus and having colour. Birds is idiots. This one time I asked a swan what a swan was and it didn’t even know.

Here’s some birds I seen. Some of them I ain’t sure what they are because they are blurry and that. Soz.

Probably a redshank...

Probably a redshank…

...or a greenshank...

…or a greenshank…

...or something similar.

…or something similar.

Probably a linnet. Maybe a redpoll. I dunno.

Probably a linnet. Maybe a redpoll. I dunno.

Pathetic female blackbird.

Pathetic female blackbird.

Murky teal.

Murky teal.

Murky shelducks.

Murky shelducks.

Murky pintail.

Murky pintail.

Murky curlew.

Murky curlew.

Idiot goose eating seaweed because it is a idiot.

Idiot goose eating seaweed because it is a idiot.

Something that turned out not to be a bird.

Something that turned out not to be a bird.

Probably birds. Can't be sure.

Probably birds. Can’t be sure.

Wren (again) (but for actual reallys this time)

9 Jan

So today I dun a busy day of seening birds. There is a lot to get through. Keep up or be left behind to die. No offence.

First I gone to Eastleigh Lakeside Country Park. There were grown men there playing with toy sailing boats. I laughed at them for being pathetic. Then I remembered I was doing birdwatching. Here are some birds I seen at Eastleigh Lakeside Country Park.

Great crested grebe.

Great crested grebe.

Great crested grebe with no respect at all for the seasons. All the other grebes bully him for his stupid summer plumage. And rightly so.

Great crested grebe with no respect at all for the seasons. All the other grebes bully him for his stupid summer plumage. And rightly so.

Mallard-based abomination.

Mallard-based abomination.

Long-tailed tit.

Long-tailed tit.

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose

Then I gone to Amberley Wildbrooks. They very kindly let me put up my poster on the notice board.

AWB Poster

I seen these birds at Amberley Wildbrooks.

Wren belligerently refusing to look good in a photo.

Wren belligerently refusing to look good in a photo.

Wren looking slightly better in a photo but still looking awful. In a photo.

Wren looking slightly better in a photo but still looking awful. In a photo.

Faraway birds. Probably ducks or something.

Faraway birds. Probably ducks or something.

Then I gone to Pagham Harbour. They very kindly let me put up my poster in the hide.

PH poster

I seen these birds at Pagham Harbour.

A blue tit.

A blue tit.

A teal.

A teal.

The bottoms of shelducks.

The bottoms of shelducks.

A plentymuch of lapwing.

A plentymuch of lapwing.

A pheasant (I also seen a female but she was dull and boring and ugly).

A pheasant (I also seen a female but she was dull and boring and ugly).

A little egret.

A little egret.

King Heron, the baby-killing anti-hero from popular kiddy-book; The Bibell.

King Heron, the baby-killing anti-hero from popular kiddy-book; The Bibell.

A curlew doing a lands.

A curlew doing a lands.