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#2200 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
June 02, 2020, 03:57:43 pm
I saw what I think was a large muntjac deer whilst out for a run in the woods up near my house (near beauchief golf course in sheffield) a couple of nights ago.  I wasnt sure what it was at first as i only caught a glimpse but after a suggestion from a strava friend from my description I'm pretty sure it was a muntjac. Pretty cool!
I wish muntjac were rare around here. They can mostly be found darting out of hedges on to the country roads at full speed. I've lost count of the number of times that emergency braking has been needed to avoid a collision.

We also see a lot of Chinese water deer and red deer and less commonly milu, fallow deer, barasingha, axis and sika. The muntjacs are the only ones that seen to have a death wish.

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#2201 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
June 15, 2020, 08:23:40 am
Stupendous amounts of Skylarks and Meadow Pippits on Saddleworth Moor yesterday

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#2202 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 03, 2020, 02:15:40 pm
I was walking at Stanage North last night and saw a bright white, very tiny rabbit-like thing. Googling suggests a Mountain Hare? But I thought they'd be in summer colour by now.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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#2203 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 03, 2020, 02:39:25 pm
stoat with white chest visible? I think they've lost winter coat by now.

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#2204 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 03, 2020, 03:05:59 pm
Pine marten casually strolled across the road in front of me when walking the dog this morning. Not particularly scarce here but rare to see them and the first I've seen so close to home. What a beauty.

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#2205 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 03, 2020, 03:27:08 pm
Didn't even know pine martins strolled, let alone walked dogs :)

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#2206 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 03, 2020, 03:46:35 pm
I was walking at Stanage North last night and saw a bright white, very tiny rabbit-like thing. Googling suggests a Mountain Hare? But I thought they'd be in summer colour by now.

Does anyone have any ideas?
Albino kit?

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#2207 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 03, 2020, 07:10:15 pm
Didn't even know pine martins strolled, let alone walked dogs :)
Very droll :clap2:

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#2208 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 03, 2020, 07:53:07 pm
Albino kit?

This is what came to mind. But I thought Albinism was particularly rare. With how white it was we thought it might have been a released / escaped pet.

Stoat is a good shout. But I think it was too small to be a stoat, in comparison to stoat's I've seen previously.

Cool either way. Sadly we didn't get a picture.

Either way, we saw it on the path just above the causeway, it dived into a burrow when we approached. Should be super easy to spot again if it doesn't get eaten.

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#2209 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 05, 2020, 07:25:52 pm
Often, when we’re diving or snorkelling around Babbacombe, either Sammy or Spot (the resident seals) come in to check us out. Yesterday, Spot was particularly “friendly”. Usually, they’d give us a fair berth when we’re entering the water, but Spot seemed to want to attract our attention and she shot straight back onto the steps as soon as we were in the water.




Polly was intrigued and approached her. Getting a wonderful shot, but realising she had a hook and lure caught in her chest:



So a quick call to “The Seal Project” was made and they’ll monitor her. If it doesn’t dislodge on it’s own they’ll have to catch her and remove it.

This is why I love it here.

Another shot of Spot, chatting to my youngest, last year:


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#2210 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 05, 2020, 07:48:26 pm
That bottom photo is unreal!

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#2211 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 07:00:24 pm
Saw a pregnant lizard near the ox stones today. Very cool.

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#2212 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 07:23:46 pm
Keep your eyes peeled for a massive vulture in the Peak, probable Lammergeier about, been seen Edale, Goyt and today Curbar.

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#2213 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 08:24:42 pm
Aren't they from East Africa? How has one got to the peak?!

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#2214 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 08:27:25 pm
Keep your eyes peeled for a massive vulture in the Peak, probable Lammergeier about, been seen Edale, Goyt and today Curbar.

Just past Rubicon too!

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#2216 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 09:47:16 pm
Aren't they from East Africa? How has one got to the peak?!

Brexit.

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#2217 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 10:13:38 pm
There's a small population in the alps which I think is being bolstered by reintroductions. I saw a few in Val d'isere last Easter. In common with a few other massive raptors the young birds range widely.

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#2218 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 10:28:40 pm

Aren't they from East Africa? How has one got to the peak?!

Flew? 😛

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#2219 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 06, 2020, 11:54:53 pm
Wow, thats amazing. Think you get them in the Pyrenees too.

Imagine having an epic on a route at Curbar and that flies past. Talk about ominous.

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#2220 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 07, 2020, 01:40:51 am
Saw my first wild bald eagle in Yellowstone as we were driving. Also saw a load of bears but thought the eagle was more impressive. Apologies if abroad is off topic!

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#2221 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 07, 2020, 07:29:22 am
Wow, thats amazing. Think you get them in the Pyrenees too.

Imagine having an epic on a route at Curbar and that flies past. Talk about ominous.

The Tarn and the Ardeche too.

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#2222 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 07, 2020, 10:43:48 am
Wow, thats amazing. Think you get them in the Pyrenees too.

Riglos is great for Vultures.

A Lammergeierflew surprised me flying past a few meters overhead when I was on the La Dent d'Orlu in the Pyrenees. It was huge and for a moment I thought it was a hang glider.

Very envious of those that see this one.

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#2223 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 07, 2020, 03:56:21 pm
Lammergeier seen in Burbage this morning, looking for an albino hare by the sound of it. Or checking out the moves on West Side Story?

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#2224 Re: Recent wildlife sightings
July 07, 2020, 04:44:59 pm
Saw my first wild bald eagle in Yellowstone as we were driving. Also saw a load of bears but thought the eagle was more impressive. Apologies if abroad is off topic!

Wow! That must have been a wonderful sight

 

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