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  1. Wow> How much does he charge per hour for modeling duties? Another picture highlighting your photographic skills GG.
  2. You are holding up the video section on your own Big Al.That cottage fire would be surrounded by knackered dogs at the end of the day? Who said dog's can't smile for the camera? The season is over in a second it seems..probably my age as well , time goes quicker! Only a few days left to savour & then concentrate on the pigeon population. I must contribute more; Have a day on Thurs which I shall try to record. Keep smiling Ted & Co.
  3. Snipe retrieve picture is one to savour.
  4. These reports are a testament to your experience, fieldcraft & above all your accuracey when set up.I think a lot of us here know that bags like these don't just materialise from thin air. Yet another satisfying read at a late Sunday breakfast; With your report PC & a trip to watch The Saints winning yesterday it has turned into rather a good weekend! Unfortunately my pigeoning has had to stop temporarily as my gamedealer has stopped taking pigeons for reasons best known only to him. With two freezers full & unable to find anyone else to take them I'm reluctant to shoot & just dump the birds. I hope he starts to take them again after the game season ends? Thanks for the reliable report.
  5. Oh lucky man. Looked like perfect conditions for a walk round & I think we can all relate to truely mixed bag like this,although I think my legs would have surrendered long before the duck flight! Are'nt those teal such beautiful birds ( & tastey). Man & dog in harmony it would seem.What is the best species count you've had on your grounds? You must have been close to it on this outing?
  6. Well done Bear.. mind you he has a good mentor. One or two good birds there as well. You can't beat a walk around with the dogs at Christmas time , espescially in those wild surroundings. (Must do a bit of editing of my Gopro footage soon ,I've got a bit lazy). Happy new year to you all over there.
  7. So glad to see this! Looks as sound as a bell; Now all you have to do is train him not to carry the hide net across the field when you've brought down one of your 50 yarders.
  8. Of course a lot is in the cooking & what else is used to add flavour, particularly to sauce made from tthe meat. But that taken I would have said Teal & Muntjak until we were invited to share a saddle of Chinese Water Deer. That hit the spot that day..maybe it was also the company? Worst?....inland Widgeon; As bad as pike!
  9. More & more like Scorcese with a story to tell. Great video Big Al. As you already know I'm a big fan of Ted; He would swim to Ardboe & back to retrieve a bird for you,(I am assuming you are on the East shore of Neagh from your accent)? I just got a new Lab pup last week (9 weeks) If she turns out half as good I shall be happy. Those two high ducks would have made it all worthwhile. Thanks for the entertainment.
  10. Fantastic breakfastime read there Sako...thanks. You can almost hear those geese from the photographs. What could be better for most of us on this forum than being out there in the elements surrounded by such a concentration & variety of wildlife, the shooting would be a bonus I think. Great pictures & a happy wee dog.
  11. Very sorry to hear of your loss Shootthepigeon. It sounds to me from the sequence of events that your bitch had bled internally from one of the ovarian arteries where a ligature had slipped; With this there is a slow deterioration, weakness, pale membranes, rapid respiration & heart beat. It is sad that the vets did not take her back in ,put her on fluids & investigate the reason for her deterioration. I know you didn't want to take her back for a post mortem ...you are quite right that it would not bring her back,& if you did want to find out for further information for you and the Vets concerned that is the only way. Most dogs over 8 years should have pre anaesthetic bloods done to avoid any nasty surprises during anaesthesia; Post operative organ failure is unlikely unless your bitch was already suffering some major system dysfunction before her operation which sounds unlikely from what you say. Haemorrhage from a slipped ligature post spaying is ,however quite common & has happened to all Vets who do this surgery regularly at one time or another. It is a difficult operation. But anyone with experience should recognise the signs & intervene quickly & the dog then recovers quite quickly.Some bitches will leak blood from the wound but if this does not happen the pale mucous membranes are an easy pointer.
  12. I'm moving up to your neck of the woods I think! Still don't think it would make any difference, you have got this pigeon shooting pretty taped. I spent all Sat driving round looking.... nothing on the ground nor in the air. Well done to the both of you. I often clip my cap onto a spare hide pole & move it slowly round to block out the low sun in the winter; Makes all the difference when you have to shoot towards the sun. Better put 52 onto your next lotto ticket.
  13. These distal humeral fractures in juvenile dogs can happen all too easily when they land on their foreleg when it's fully extended ( straight leg).They can be simple where only one articulating condyle is detatched & are repaired with a simple lag screw through the detached condyle.They heal quite quickly & rarely cause any long term lameness. However one in six of these fractures are what they call Y fractures & involve both the lateral & the medial condyles;These both need re-attatching to each other & then both to the shaft of the humerus.To 'get at ' these fracture sites has to be done by removing the end of the ulna(Funny bone) & its attached triceps tendons.In other words creating a forth fracture.Of course these all have to be replaced as tight as possible to get a good outcome & replacing the end of the ulna has to be done with a tension band wire to counteract the pull of the triceps;This is often the weak point where the pin holding the tension wire gets bent. It sounds like your Barney may have had one of these Y fractures.Unfortunately they are difficult to get right & often lead to long term lameness as they heal slowly due to inherent instability. Don't get me started on referral centres ,pricing & insurance or I'll get through a packet of fags in 30. minutes! But I am of the old school & will never be rich.I only work part time now but still enjoy my orthopaedics.A smiple ,unilateral condylar fracture would be around £250;They are straightforward if you have the right equipment. Y fractures I would price on time & involve pins,plates & tension band wires & could cost up to £500 with a guarded outcome;How do you keep a young sprocker quiet for 6-8 weeks? Of course insurance is a good idea if your dog/puppy is unlucky enough to get such an injury.I worked through an era where most Vets were 'Jacks of all Trades' although I always did my CPD on orthopaedic conditions & surgery, but because I chose not to become a specialist my skills are no longer recognised as Gold Standard; This means I'm regarded as fine if everything goes OK , but you can find yourself in trouble with the RCVS authorities & the insurance companies when things go wrong.Y fractures are a good example ..they can go wrong for people like me as well as the specialists.It's a difficult proceedure.Unfortunately this system allows the specialists to charge what they wish, hence your huge bill. I feel sorry for both Barney & you JDog.Hope it works out in the end.I have had dogs which made a full recovery after re-operating!
  14. Sounds exciting ..the best kind of pigeon shooting with demanding shots & not too much kit to cart about (I hope). Although carrying 51 pigeons back is boardering on a second trip for one person.Good day after a month's drought.
  15. ...As it usually does in late October along a valley near home.From my shed yesterday I saw line after line of pigeon flocks heading west to east along a pretty broad front; It was a pleasure to watch after having seen very few birds about over the last four months let alone a quantity worth chasing. There were flocks of Redwings & Fieldfares heading in the same direction & there's plenty of food for them this year with a bumper crop of cider apples,holly berries & hawthorn fruit turning some mature hegerows red. So this morning I had a drive around & spoke to a couple of local farmers (one of which I nearly ran head on into with a trailer load of muck from his sheds..we both stopped just in time)! I took the opportunity to climb up & have a quick natter.He had just finished drilling 36 acres on Sunday.In a hurry as usual hoping the weather would not break. I got permission just in case. Three miles up the road & through 2 locked gates I was able to see the four fields. They were surrounded by whirling pigeons.Some landing but very twitchy & up again in seconds, but there were so many in the air it had to be done. A quick turn around to pick up Dave & all our shooting gear & we were walking out to our two chosen positions by 11am.We both started with plastics as we had no fresh or frozen birds with our setups at oppsite ends of the patch. We both experienced the same reaction with massive flocks of birds swirling high over our patterns but not really comitting with the exception of some very young birds.Nevertheless the sport was terrific with almost continuous ,high bunches doing the circuit. I was quite high up & looking down the next valley where I could see waves of 2-300 pigeons,again heading west to east.Enough came our way but there were very few L&R's today. A sight to behold & one for the memory banks; We ended up with 88 picked & two very knackered old men by the time we had packed up & done the double haul back to the truck. Happy days.
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