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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I once saw the great majestic foo bird.

    From a sheltered location, of course.
    Was Dave Grohl fighting it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    Sounds both very exciting and quite boring at the same time! Glad someone's doing it.
    Anything but boring. He and his wife overlanded Africa for 9 months earlier this year. They lived out of their Toyota Hilux that was outfitted with a tent on the roof, water container, camping equipment, etc. They had to deal with local governments and shamens to get into certain parks and forests. Pretty amazing stuff. Check out http://www.budgetbirders.com.
    Last edited by Nearfest2; 12-13-2021 at 12:05 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    Was Dave Grohl fighting it?
    That made me snort water out my nose! This site isn't supposed to be that funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    Was Dave Grohl fighting it?
    You can't fight the foo bird. Best thing is to take cover or wear a hat.
    "A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    You can't fight the foo bird. Best thing is to take cover or wear a hat.
    Wouldn't that be a poo bird?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Anything but boring. He and his wife overlanded Africa for 9 months earlier this year. They lived out of their Toyota Hilux that was outfitted with a tent on the roof, water container, camping equipment, etc. They had to deal with local governments and shamens to get into certain parks and forests. Pretty amazing stuff. Check out http://www.budgetbirds.com.
    That’s what I call adventure and roughing it. Specially with a global pandemic. I can’t open that link though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Man View Post
    Wouldn't that be a poo bird?
    Well, kinda. The Foo Bird is only found on remote islands in the south Pacific. The natives speak of a legend that, if the Foo drops guano on your head, you should let it remain, for fear that wiping it off will lead to high fever, delirium and, ultimately, a slow, painful death. It goes back to ancient times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post

    There's a moral to the story.
    Don't let a Foo poo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn View Post
    Don't let a Foo poo?
    If the Foo shits, wear it.

    I can't believe nobody here knew that one. I served it right up, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    If the Foo shits, wear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    If the Foo shits, wear it.

    I can't believe nobody here knew that one. I served it right up, too.
    My high school US history teacher told us that one. She happened to be the head of the history department.
    Last edited by progmatist; 12-09-2021 at 05:36 PM.
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    On the verge of indecision
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    Don’t know how to extract the video -

    https://twitter.com/roketdan5/status...819699712?s=21
    That's pretty cool. I guess he's blocking the glare to see into the water. So smart.
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    Looks almost like the Foo Bird.
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    A bird ancestor?
    This little prenatal dinosaur looks just like a baby bird curled in its egg, which is yet more evidence that many features characteristic of today's birds first evolved in their dinosaur ancestors."

    https://www.sciencealert.com/exquisi...utionary-links
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    Yesterday when my train crossed Tempe Town Lake, there was a vulture perched on the adjacent century old freight rail bridge. Another was flying in to join it. Wish I had my phone out and ready to film it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    That’s what I call adventure and roughing it. Specially with a global pandemic. I can’t open that link though.
    Sorry. I fixed the link. http://www.budgetbirders.com/

    They wrapped up the year in Costa Rica and he came in 2nd in the world for 2021 and 1st in Africa.
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    This Steller's Sea Eagle has been all the rage for the last few weeks. It would have been fun to chase, but unfortunately too much stuff going on on the homefront.

    We do have a Northern Lapwing in South Jersey which is pretty exciting. I ran over and got that just before Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Sorry. I fixed the link. http://www.budgetbirders.com/

    They wrapped up the year in Costa Rica and he came in 2nd in the world for 2021 and 1st in Africa.
    When I lived in Africa, they did an annual "bird census". On a set day, all birders were encouraged to go out into a given region (usually close to home, but not always) and:

    1). See how many species you could identify in the region - including the common passerines etc. (i.e. LBJs).

    2). An approximation of the density / volume. I.e. was each species abundant, occasional, or rare.

    The ornithological society and some universities then collated all of the results and built a species/density map, and compared it year-on-year to track changes etc.

    It was quite fun, and some of the birders started being competitive (which I think was a bad thing).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post
    When I lived in Africa, they did an annual "bird census". On a set day, all birders were encouraged to go out into a given region (usually close to home, but not always) and:

    1). See how many species you could identify in the region - including the common passerines etc. (i.e. LBJs).

    2). An approximation of the density / volume. I.e. was each species abundant, occasional, or rare.

    The ornithological society and some universities then collated all of the results and built a species/density map, and compared it year-on-year to track changes etc.

    It was quite fun, and some of the birders started being competitive (which I think was a bad thing).
    Good stuff! We do a similar thing here a few times a year. The two biggest events are The Big Sit and the Christmas Bird Count.
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    The Washington D.C. area is getting it’s (semi)yearly blizzard.
    8" in 5 hours. Not too bad.
    The birds are lining up for seed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    The Washington D.C. area is getting it’s (semi)yearly blizzard.
    8" in 5 hours. Not too bad.
    The birds are lining up for seed.
    OFF TOPIC - this weather pattern has been weird. NoVA, DC, , Montgomery County, Baltimore ... were all slammed. In Frederick - not even a flurry. Strange...





    Back to our regularly-scheduled programming
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    The Washington D.C. area is getting it’s (semi)yearly blizzard.
    8" in 5 hours. Not too bad.
    The birds are lining up for seed.
    Great photo!

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