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About chrisjpainter

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    Mountain climbing, reading, anything in the out doors!

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  1. I'm not gonna go there, it's far off the topic of the Bearded Vulture. start a new thread if you want and we can carry it on there. Speaking of which, it's been pretty settled for a few days now and has found a cosy roost, accessible with a bit of a walk (6-10 miles depending on where you park). If I was closer than 175 miles I'd be there! I think I'm gonna miss this one. I missed the last one too!
  2. I'd bet you a case of cider they're there, but just unseen! They like warm, dry places and are partial to a south facing wall. Big enclosed barns and garages are ideal, especially ones that are used regularly and allowing prey to fly in for a night time sleep.
  3. No. Weirdly, It's native to Madeira and the Canaries, but has spread all across North Africa and Europe, and is now in parts of North and Central America. It expands well, so long as temperatures aren't too low. They have a wide prey list and, being nocturnal, fewer predators and have less human interaction. All good criteria for population expansion!
  4. Alas, that's from Birdguides, which is a feepaying members site beyond the normal stuff. I can give you the public press statement that image came from, but as I'm not a fee-paying member of Birdguides I can't get more than that. https://www.birdguides.com/articles/tracking-down-the-peak-district-lammergeier/ The data are pretty clear. White Peak's better than Dark, but the numbers are start. This article summarises peregrine and goshawk fatalities, as well as barn owl and raven, and it's not great reading. It doesn't take into account buzzard numbers either. It's based on 'confirmed incidents,' which have to be accepted by police as an incident where a crime has taken place. These aren't rigged. you say they may have been carried out on instructions from anti shooting organisations and may of course be biased or misleading. Is that something specific you've got data for? https://britishbirds.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BB-Raptor-persecution.pdf
  5. A shed load of instances of raptor poisonings and shootings have been recorded there. And these aren't cases of tagged birds simply disappearing, these are birds being found dead or dying and have been given PM's to prove cause of death.
  6. It's back! And in an area known for raptor persecution... It's being seen west of Sheffield. Lots of walking needed to see it, it seems, but if anyone's in the area and fancies seeing the largest wild bird ever to have flown in the UK, then you're in with a shout.
  7. The jury's well and truly out on this. It's a neurotoxic venom, so it works on the nervous system. It's not necrotic (flesh rotting). Whilst there are plenty of lurid stories and pictures of limbs almost being amputated and what have you, very, VERY few are actually reliable. There will of course be people who have allergic reactions to the bite, but then bees and wasps kill a few people a year and we don't go nuts about them. What you're seeing in those photos is almost exclusively bacterial infection setting in either from the fangs of the spider or more likely, sneaking in in the days after the bite. They're sore bites and it last for a few days, leading to people to rub them and scratch them and reopen the wound and that lets in infection.
  8. Aye we have a few living in our garage. This is Gertrude, a Noble False Widow. sadly the colours didn't come out well on my phone's camera because she was skulking in the shadows, as usual. We also have Ophelia (somewhat smaller) and at least two males, Hamlet and Polonius, although Polonius was last seen perilously close to where Gertrude hangs out, so she may have eaten him. Fortunately my other half is entirely tolerant of them, although what her mother would say if she knew that not only did we have venomous spiders, but we'd named them, I dread to think. She'd probably want to disinfect the whole house. Then burn it down, just to make sure.
  9. Boom. Well played, sir, well played indeed. Towing of 2200kg. That agreed with towingcapacity.co.uk, which was pleasing. Thanks, chaps. Question answered! Pigeonwatch wins again.
  10. Are the regs different from here to the US or are the cars actually built differently? We've been trying to find the towing capacity for my partner's 2L TDi 4x4 VW Tiguan. Some sites are saying 2200kg, others 2200lb and it seems the American sites are all in pounds, thus stating less than half the towing capacity. We're hoping for a 2200kgs, or else she's already been pulling over the max! The car feels fine with it though, so I'm thinking it's the heavier weight. Anyone got any words of wisdom?
  11. The little run down from the carpark ono the beach. It's not so bad getting it over the shingle as the trolley takes the brunt, but I have to shut my ears a bit to the scraping sounds when getting it back up!
  12. Aye. Gotta keep it simple. Tonight I think we're lightly battering some fillets and flash frying them. New pots, fresh veg and a well earned rest, me thinks!
  13. Do you know Ringstead Bay? I'll drop you a pm
  14. I've not had a great time of it yakking on the coast of late and needed a bit of a pickmeup session. I decided to go full tilt after the bass, but bait fish to try and pick up the bigger specimen fish behind the usual schoolies I've caught from the beach. I planned a 3:30am launch time to coincide with the last of a falling tide, followed by the flood, in what was forecast to be a slovenly 5-7mph westerly winds only gusting to 10-12mph. I got out of the car to be confronted with nearer 15mph winds gusting close to 20 and coming from the North. And a chap snoring like a rhino in his tent next to the carpark. But I'd put the effort in to that point and it made me glad I'd punted for the drysuit instead of a wetsuit/jacket combo. Fortunately it was a short paddle to where I planned to fish, as the northerly wind now meant a strong crosswind, not a helpful tail. I set up, opened the bait box and realised I'd packed the wrong one and there was barely anything in it. 'I hope I can pick up a few mackerel, otherwise I'm scuppered for this trip,' I thought. Then the mackerel arrived. Shed loads of them! I never got a touch on the bigger bait designed for the bass, but it didn't matter, the mackerel just kept coming on mackerel, squid strips, feathers and jigs. Whatever went into the water, within five minutes a mack would hoover it up. I kept 13. Those smaller, 30cm will end up as bait, but the bigger ones will get battered, smoked, pated or barbecued. I reckon I kept 1 in every 5 (60+ fish in four hours ain't too shabby!) fish and the size average was excellent. I didn't bother measuring those that went back, but I reckon 20-30 would have been over 30cm. So it wasn't the session I'd planned but definitely most welcome. Summer for me is defined by two things: the return of swifts and the return of mackerel, so both boxes are now ticked! Now to clean EVERYTHING of mackerel scales...
  15. apologies for my ignorance, but does JSF stand for?
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