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“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Gezza

     /  April 4, 2018
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    • phantom snowflake

       /  April 4, 2018

      Well he’s certainly still ‘got it’. Fun Fact: Ray Davies has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. (Like all true artists??) I’m a bit obsessed with The Kinks 1979 album “Low Budget”. An underrated classic etc etc. Here’s the title track:

      I’m not cheap, you understand I’m just a cut price person in a low budget land

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      • Gezza

         /  April 4, 2018

        Doesn’t have the flair of their earlier stuff imo Snowy. Same with these guys – what’s left of them. Loved the combo of Richards & Taylor

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        • phantom snowflake

           /  April 4, 2018

          Yeah I guess my opinion is a minority one…again lol.

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  2. Gezza

     /  April 4, 2018

    One evening, just before it got dark, in November 2017.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 4, 2018

      Online, the accompanying text is:

      It’s surprising how fast young ducklings can swim once they get beyond the ‘toddler’ stage.

      I got amused by several young ducklings zooming around in the stream at incredible high speeds – like these two – and I could never work out how in God’s name they can get up to such a high rate of knots. Reminds me of jet-skis.

      As they grow into young ducks, they lose this ability completely and just paddle along, slowly but determinedly, their little orange or beige webbies visible rhythmically churning under the surface of the wai steadily pushing them along. From the back, especially when they’re changing course, weaving from port to starboard and back again, they remind me of little tugboats from the beam end.

      So these two little boy racers, and others like them, must have some special ability for some reason to paddle their little flipper-feet back and forward at a phenomenal rate ! I’d love to see an underwater shot but it would be hard to keep them in the viewfinder.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 4, 2018

        I love the way that the adults whiz off in the opposite direction ‘Not mine ! Don’t look at me !’

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  3. Gezza

     /  April 4, 2018

    Here you are, aunties. Ain’t she a little ❤ cutie ❤ ? 🙂

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 4, 2018

      Oh, look at the big feet…isn’t she sweeeeet ? I want one ! Those tiny, fluffy wings – who’d guess that that little powderpuff will grow into a full-sized pook one day ?

      Those feet and legs are utterly endearing.I never get used to how enchanting pooklings are.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 4, 2018

        She’s doing the little whistling squeaks. That constant “ee-yip …. ee-yip … ee-yip” going on in the background is ya 3 month old pook-nephew. Christ. It never bloody stops until late at night.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 4, 2018

          Nooooooo ! How dear and funny.

          Oh, you LUCKY, LUCKY pookfather !

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      • Gezza

         /  April 4, 2018

        Here you are aunty Kitty. You wanted a video of me feeding Sweety. This is the 2nd video. The first one was zoomed out a bit more but the Chinese neighbour started up his noisy mower and spooked Sweety so she was too highly agitated to make a good movie actress.

        Also the Sony Ericsson cellphone fell off the trellis it was taped to and landed on the concrete & there was a burst of strong language & angry observations about rush jobs & winging it!

        Aspen’s is off camera, left. He will eat off the fence but won’t come nearer than 3 feet – very neurotic, but likes my company the most. Sweety’s only using me for my wheat riches- I know that! 😉

        Pickles is driving us all nuts. You can hear why. He can do this for an hour.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 4, 2018

          Also – Aspen has a rule that you are not allowed to stare at him while he eats. And Dot Duck flew up and landed just over the fence, wanting some dinner too, so she got a couple of handfuls.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 4, 2018

          Is the white on the fence what I think it is ? My fence is* painted brown and decorated with white splats as well as being pitted by beaks (why ? whose ?) and having the paint worn off all along the cross beams. It’s not worth redoing it..

          What a heartless suggestion, that Sweetie is only out for what she can get,

          The local ones are fairly tame and cool about people being close….but nothing like THIS (weeps helplessly)

          *was

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          • Gezza

             /  April 4, 2018

            No, the lighter patches aren’t guano. They’re slivered, aged wood. The darker patches are just many years accumulation of windblown grime and scunge. I need to put a moss-killer spray on it but it’s a big job, there are fences all around my place. One best & easiest done by a commercial outfit.

            These birds have rituals they expect to be observed. All 3 birds named were on my lawn when I came out to see if I could get Sweety on camera again. I only have to point to the flower box and say “up here Sweety’ & she flaps up and starts coming towards me on the fence, ready for munchies. She would carry on eating from there for half an hour I reckon, if I let her.

            Aspen is only just starting to work out that when I point he needs to come up there too. He doesn’t jump up onto the flower box first: that’s too close to me. Even after watching me feed Sweety like this when she comes to no harm up close and personal, the others are all to wary.

            And for some reason they only head towards grain I’ve put on a fence post or runner if I point to it. I have to be 3 feet at least away from Aspen & about 6 feet for Pickles and Bluey, though Bluey comes closer some days lately, after eating one offering.

            Bluey will take grains to Jojo the pooklet. If I want to watch them all feed Jojo, I give them bread chunks. For some reason that triggers all of them to take it to the bubba & line up to feed her.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 4, 2018

              Mark Vette did it, so I imagine that you will.

              I wonder if the paint’s worn off on mine because the bird poo acts as paint stripper even when it wears or is washed off. Or it could just be from all the foot traffic. Or both

            • Gezza

               /  April 4, 2018

              I painted two fences at our first place twice. Both were picket fences & I had to paint them in blistering sun, during my annual holidays, like when I had to paint the two-storey house by myself.. I swore never to paint another fence, and never to build another picket fence (if you have one, they have to be white).

              I used to just observe the pukekos. Over time they accepted it and got curious about me. If I was down at the water’s edge or doing something like pulling rubbish out of it they’d wander over & watch. Then they started visiting my fence and standing in a low tree branch, calling for me at morning or noon.

              Once Charlie & Prettygirl started flying in to the property (they all used to feed together on the ground streamside), the pooks did it too.

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