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'Massive great big' vulture goes AWOL in Somerset

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Big Brother

About the only picture of a spreadeagled 11yo that wont get you into trouble

although I expect my post title will now raise the scrutiny on my account somewhat...

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Re: About the only picture of a spreadeagled 11yo that wont get you into trouble

For bonus points on the "add me to every government watchlist ever" stakes, append other ornithological terms to your search..

"... with Tits or Boobies and possible impressive Shags"

Fetching my coat with its copy of RSPB Birds Of Britain in the pocket.

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Re: About the only picture of a spreadeagled 11yo that wont get you into trouble

Fancy a Cornish Chough?

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Well, at least there's little chance of it being mistaken for the great white lab-coated vulture, native to London. Anyone who spots it is reportedly encouraged to placate the beast with pints of beer and bacon sandwiches while flavouring the air with fumes of pipe tobacco.

Calling the authorities to collect this bird will result in no action whatsoever being taken, except for maybe the appearance of other beings carrying another white coat, but of the variety with long sleeves that, rather than assisting flight, are aimed at doing the reverse.

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@ msknight

Fail.

You forgot t'icon.

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Re: @ msknight

@PNGuinn

My excuse, not enough coffee... and I'm sticking to it :-) ... (the excuse, not the coffee... which should flow smoothly...)

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You would think

That in this day and age of microchipped pets, something this rare / valuble would have a GPS collar

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Re: You would think

Or maybe that technology (whispers) isn't all it's cracked up to be ?

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Re: You would think

Of course it is! I saw a GPS tracking device the size of a fingernail that works under water and in tunnels only the other day on [insert US TV drama].

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Re: You would think

That's nothing. IBM was advertising RFID tags that let you know where your goods were in the middle of a desert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAvQcYcvyaw

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Well

Who's a pretty boy then?

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Re: Well

Thank you.

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Has anyone inquired

of Vulture Central?

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hmm.

If you see it, carrion...

/Gets dragged stage left

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Bloody big bird

Over Salisbury Plain yesterday. MIght just have to contact them.

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Re: Bloody big bird

I think you'll find that was a Hercules

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Re: Bloody big bird

perhaps a Great Bustard if it was over Salisbury Plain, recently[ish] re-introduced to the UK.

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Sounds like Pear Tree Productions is handling the PR for Birds of Prey Displays - pure Alan Partridge!

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Partridge does know a cracking owl sanctuary.

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So thats what we had on the barbie yesterday

belch!

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"massive great big"

Surely you're not quoting from the proper press release. No-one in the West Country would say "massive great big" vulture.

It's a "massive gurt" vulture.

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Optimism required

"The white-headed vulture - Trigonoceps occipitalis - is native to sub-Saharan Africa and under threat of extinction in the wild."

We'll just have to hope that the local swivel-eyed loons are more intelligent than the swivel-eyed loons around here, otherwise the damn thing will be going extinct in the West Country too.

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Re: Optimism required

"Scrotum! Pass me me pistol. I'll see if I can't bring the blighter down in the lake."

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Re: Optimism required

There is an old cartoon by 'Pont' which shows a tweedy ex-major type rushing through his drawing romm while enthusiastically readying his shotgun.

Caption: "There is a most unusual looking bird on the lawn!"

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Re: Optimism required

+1 for the Viv Stanshall reference, I haven't listened to Sir Henry at Rawlinsons End in absolute yonks.

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Trollface

These Beasts really good to the ecosystem [Not like us]. Best wishes on Search & Rescue Teams.

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Methodology?

"Anyone who does eyeball the magnificent beast is asked not to approach him "as he will spook away", but rather to call handler Ben Potter, ..."

Does he lie on the ground and pretend to be dead then grab its legs when it comes down to have a look?

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He's probably flying home as there's no lady vultures in this neighborhood.

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Splat!

How many hv electricity switching centres are there in the area?

Enquiring minds need a torch or three....

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Maybe it's mission is complete and it's returning to it's base: Vulture Central.

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