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    Mammal ID

    Body shape , carriage & paler tail tip suggest pine marten?
  2. Looks like a dead piglet under a net in the foreground.
  3. Sounds like an exciting couple of hours shooting & it's good to read these reports when there are no opportunities in my neck of the woods as yet. However I would have to pull you up on your grammar GingerCat.... Surely the ever faithful Jasper could not be described as 'mad'? It would be an insult to his equally faithful owner. I think what has happened is that you've left out an 'and' after the word Jasper?
  4. Cool & professional video Simon6pcc... you deserve a conservation medal for the work you do protecting these species that are on a knife edge these days. At least the mindset of people on this forum will appreciate the job you do (and enjoy). The old boy at the end nearly brought a tear to my eye. Old and sentimental I think! Keep them coming.
  5. Cracking shooting there...you were really on form. There was one bird there that had obviously been shot at before & took quick & effective evasive action as soon as it saw you move to shoot. It swung down & to your right which just saved its life? The others were not so lucky. Great vid thanks.
  6. Love the water droplets on her head. Often see them when fishing & saw one diving into a very strong current on a river in Scotland once. How they don't get washed away is a mystery to me. Great pictures once again thanks.
  7. That last picture is something else GG. The yellow/green overtones of the Chiffchaff's plumage mirrors the colour of the algae between the cone bracts.Yet again you have smashed it with your patience & lenses. Hard to imagine that those tiny, thin legs carry skin,bone, tendons, arteries ,veins & nerves to their feet ..the same as ours. They're even skinnier than my wife's legs but not quite so bowed.
  8. No matter where they're looking ,they always look slightly angry. Fabulous picture (as usu).
  9. Good morning WalkedUp. We were shooting in Northeast Herefordshire & had a good view of the Malvern hills from that field. Farmer came & watched us with his new baby ( from his truck). I did tell him to go & get his gun as he has had little shooting this year, but he was too busy babysitting whilst his wife was out ( probably on her horse). A lot of the land around here has a red tinge to it & can be terracotta coloured after a shower of rain.
  10. Dave & I have blundered around all winter chasing pigeons through woods ,over fields of rape & under evaporating flightlines. Every week we load up the gear & set out to cover miles looking for our elusive quarry, sometimes spending most of the day in the vehicle with a desperate drive to a roost wood for a dozen birds as a 'better than nothing ' option. Over the last month we have watched three different fields being drilled with beans only to find not a single bird interested. Last weekend yet another 35 acres of beans were drilled ; I watched these drillings for three days & saw one crow & one pigeon in that time. Having nothing to go at again today we decided to cruise past just in case & what a surprise... Blue with them. We set up 150 metres apart ,both under oak trees that ran all the way up the field and was a natural flightline & needless to say both ran out of squibs by mid afternoon by which time it was not worth the journey home to re-stock. We are old codgers & were not expecting to find any number of pigeons to shoot ever again. You know how it is. Despite that we did very well & I think it will shoot again as there were plenty of beans still on the surface. But you all know what will happen then... too many cartridges probably. Crippling repeat journeys to the truck , six trips for me as Dave has a heart condition ( or so he says) & I couldn't face a trip to A&E after such a treat of a day. Picked up 198 after a circuit of the field with both dogs. Happy days.
  11. Washing soda crystals pushed straight down their throat is a bit unpleasant for the dog but it's what we always used to induce emesis in dogs in the old days before the advent of apomorphine. Mind you apomorphine can be just as unpleasant for some dogs. Was once found in every household in the laundry/ cleaning dept. You can still get washing soda crystals if you search. A crystal about the size/ shape of a raisin is enough. No point in giving it 2 hours after dog has eaten toxic substance but worth doing & will work before that. I have my doubts about panicking with chocolate below 70% cocoa solids & with raisins, grapes etc.. Has to be best practice when the vet is consulted though! Dicoumerol rat poisons are a different matter... get the crystals down their throat asap.
  12. A class act! If only every pigeon shooter could emulate this talented lad. The boredom of social isolation has led me into the depths of that video site; Watching numerous pigeon shooting vids which display the other end of the scale where the shooters seem happy to end the day having recorded the maiming of more birds than they record killed. We all miss but one shooter maimed birds & moved on to do the same on another bird with his second barrel. Mr .Bradley-Day has restored a bit of yang to even up my damaged video ying. Thanks for posting as hadn't discovered this one.
  13. Centrepin took the words right out of my mouth. Toy gun .." see how many pigeons you can shoot with Daddy"... might work?
  14. With your normal gun your bag might have been over 30 maybe. You've got to try these things.... but simple is usually best? Sounds like you have enough pigeons about to pin a few down eventually. Good report thanks.
  15. Jealous or what? Not only because you had such good sport without carting your gear miles over rape fields , but also because that sort of shooting can be the most testing & keeps you on your toes. The footprints in the snow tell some of the story with two very busy dogs trying to keep up with the tally , with your bootprint next to the black lab suggesting he needed 'positioning' for the photo shoot? A very good bag for flighting. A very good bag full stop this year. I used to shoot pigeons in Fife ,around St. Andrews, for a few days each March with a local guide who would find me the locations on rape & spring drillings. The journey for a long w/end is too much these days though. I was up there the year they found that dead swan in the bay at Cellardyke which tested positive for H5N1 bird flu... that caused a bit of chaos locally & put paid to the pigeon shooting that year. The ministry announced the restrictions the day I arrived Thanks for the post & pic.
  16. An expectant Spaniel's face peeking around the hide there. I hope you gave him something to do! You wouldn't have ventured out in our neck of the woods today...driving wind & snow all day. Hoping they will get onto the rape around here soon, they are still on acorns & ivy berries & still difficult to pin down. 10's & 15's roost shooting is all we have managed since Xmas. Thanks for posting as per usual..always a good read.
  17. Happy days Hitman. Good to read the report and see that they are keen on the rape up there. Hopefully they will follow suit further south later in January. I do feel for you though having shot 38 after a long walk up a field to get to the right spot. My personal limit for a return journey to the car with all the gear is around 30 birds. More than 40 means a rest half way back or a second journey . Over 50 ( with no help) and its definitely a second trip back to the hide..the worst part of a decent bag. I find myself counting the paces to the truck which doesn't really help but takes your mind off the load on your back . As age catches up it becomes more dreadful. But that's winter shooting. Thanks for the write up it cheered up my breakfast cornflakes.
  18. Still big numbers on acorns in Hereford/ Sth. Shropshire with a few drifting onto Ivy berries. Not seen a bird on rape as yet...& had a good drive round Boxing Day. At least they are now taking acorns off the ground now, so may have a go at decoying them tomorrow as the Memsahib will be out on her horse for the day. Will charge up the Go-Pro tonight but may not need it? Hope you Pigeon Watchers find a few in January...it's been a bit lean.
  19. Seventh shot down is almost as if they are rehearsing for a musical & sequentially lining up. I think you may have some Dr. Dolittle powers there GG. All the pictures are stunning & I would gladly have any hanging on my wall. Thanks for posting.
  20. What a fantastic picture... patience & perseverance no doubt. Designed to kill; We are all heavy handed on Carrions & magpies , but the sparrowhawk must account for a songbird/ LBJ every day, with several a day in the breeding season. But even if it were not protected I suspect few of us would want to raise a gun to one. Having said that we have all probably seen a gun raised to one on shoots when mistaken for a pigeon shooting overhead?
  21. Experience tells sometimes! Cracking day.
  22. The pigeons around here are in small flocks (plenty of them) and are drifting around. Mainly in the trees, going from one stand of oaks to another & rarely on the ground beneath the oaks. I think they are still getting acorns off the branches. Saw one huge flock on a barley stubble whilst walking the dog ,but were gone in an hour; Looked at the stubble (from July) & there were a huge amount of whole barley ears still lying on the ground... a massive food source but they were not really interested. They are mooching around like bored teenagers & I rate the chances of decoying them at about zero as yet. I agree with Old'un in that they will have enough around my patch to last well into the new year. Whether the rape will be too tall by then is my worry; The grass is still growing around here (& the horses are still fat). I have a farm with barley stubbles undersown with mustard which is my usual 'banker in late Oct/Nov, but I looked last week & the germinated barley is about 8" tall... the same height as the mustard. Anyway they are not interested yet. I had a couple of good days there last year at this time. As soon as I see them on the ground after the fallen acorns I will give them a chance. Until then roost or flightline shooting is the only option.
  23. As B725 says this is more commonly used as a green fertiliser. There were 3 farmers using this in our patch over the summer espescially on ground that they were unable to drill with spring crops. It made little sense to me when you consider the diesel costs of working the ground & drilling, the spray costs (these crops were dessicated ) ,then chopped & finally cultivated into the new seedbed this Autumn. On the up side a couple of fields did attract pigeons...one field early on where they were after the rape & red clover as it emerged & one after it had been chopped. The chopped crop had some pods with Lupin-like seeds in them which I assume was the seed pods of the Flax? Mustard may also have been a food source when emerging/growing. I have not yet found any being drilled as an overwintering crop. Virtually no-one around here is growing rape this winter unfortunately, a problem compounded by the increase in 'market garden' crops on rented land. These growers do not want rape grown anywhere near their brassica crops. I'm going to take up coarse fishing I think.
  24. That's about the size of bag me & my mate would have counted as a good session! ( Well done ..but there's no need to shout ). They are still finding the odd stubble but they are rapidly being ploughed in & drilled around here; Drillings are not attracting much attention either. Same with the maize unfortunately.
  25. Perfect session for you & the 'boys' I'd say. You're getting quite professional with the filming as well...beginning , middle & end with decent music. Ted & Bear will have dreamt about the morning when they got in front of the fire back home. You shot quite well into the bargain. Wheels are bound to come off soon. Thanks for posting.
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