Social chat

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

Do it here. Social only, no politics, issues or debate.

Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

12 Comments

  1. duperez

     /  March 20, 2019


  2. High Flying Duck

     /  March 20, 2019

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 20, 2019

      I saw nine pooks, pooklings and pooksters today.

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  March 20, 2019

    morning miss, Following on from the white stripped-winged tui look-a-like bird.
    Recently I saw some little black fantails? have you seen these ones before?? what’s going on in the bird world .. we have these (new to me) blacks birds a sign of interbreeding? I saw a beeblowfly one a few years ago, that musta hurt the fly.

    • Gezza

       /  March 20, 2019

      Little black fantails were quite common for a time at our first house in Tawa. They interbreed with normal colour ones. It’s a recessive gene, I believe. I looked them up when they first appeared & they were most common, if I recall correctly in the top of the South Island. One year we had a whole family of black fantails., For a year or two, before and afterwards, we had a mixture of black and normal-colour fantails, and thereafter they were all normal colour again. Across the valley, where I now live, I haven’t seen any black fantails yet.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 20, 2019

        The tui-lites that I saw haven’t been back, or if they have, I haven’t seen them.

        Their markings could have been chance because of albinism on ONE, but not on all, and not on your ones, that’s too coincidental to be credible.

        I can’t remember if I’ve seen black fantails or not. I must look them up.

        • Gezza

           /  March 20, 2019

          I looked them up in an old Encyclopedia of NZ (it was a couple of decades back we saw them (they were gorgeous). I googled them before and it seems they are now accepted as a sub-species – i.e. we have two kinds of fantail – because their songs are different, for one thing. So maybe they don’t inter-breed.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 20, 2019

            No, I don’t think that I have seen one.

            I have googled every possible wording and not seen the ones Possum and I have seen.

  4. Blazer

     /  March 20, 2019

    in Queensland they have black ‘fantails’…they call them ‘Willie Wagtails’.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  March 20, 2019

      Willie wagtails have a white underbelly … these ones I had for a day or 2 were all black with some white markings on their body
      There does seem to be some interspecies relations going on …

      An image of two male lions getting it on, taken by a wildlife photographer at a reserve in Kenya, has got one particularly outspoken homophobic government official in Nairobi apoplectic with an Old Testament kind of rage, the fulminating, finger-wagging, eyes-popping-out-of-their-sockets sort.
      It’s an abomination of nature, he railed, the end of the species! They must be demonically possessed, he concluded because crazy gay lions are not normal in the animal kingdom!

      https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/lifestyle/2017-11-13-gay-lions-touch-a-roar-nerve-with-kenyan-official/

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 20, 2019

        Most same-sex animals jump on each other when there’s nothing else on offer.

        I’ve seen rabbits doing it, and that man can’t have heard of cows and sheep being marked so that the farmer will know when they’re on heat.

        My bridesmaid and her husband nearly died of shame when their dog escaped and blocked the motorway having a bit of how’s your father with another dog in a live, gay sex show for the whole world to see. 😀 They had to go to the cop shop to collect Rover*, who was in fine spirits. How embarrassing if he and his partner had been run over when they were doing that.

        * not his real name

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 20, 2019

    Who saw the tidy mouse on the news ?