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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 20 3:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

First pick today, very early.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 20 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

First pick by you, you mean! By your account the Badgers had the first pick at least a day ago!

Henry

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 20 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

birds too!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 20 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    



i have no idea what breed it was but the cherry on the allotment i had for a while managed to ripen in a couple of days

that overwhelmed the birds and gave me a chance to harvest ripe ones

other cherries i have observed have had a spread ripening which gives the birds(and perhaps stripy)time to get them first

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 11960

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 20 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I might have a look at the state of the wild ones next week then. Hope you manage to get most of the crop.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 20 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



not perfect but sort of ok, these wee things do bounce around and seem to have survived the atrocity as a species.
i do not know if they are all from one colony or from several but there have been girls, boys and workers visit so far. the big girl or girls are now busy indoors and it is boys/workers/young girls? out foraging for nectar and pollen

other bees are available if i can get snaps of them i will.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 20 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that one does not have pollen but some are well loaded

i do not know enough about bees to make useful observations, but they are fun to snap

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 37966
Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 20 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have been playing with that bee snap and have discovered :

i need plenty more cheap matte photo paper for proofing, i have a decent slab but lots would be nice

my printer, pooter , photoshop combo will let photoshop take over the printer

hard proof is ace as is the ps colour management

i rather like the that the printer is the same palette as colour wet printing+black

cheap matte is ok for proofs

when i break out the decent paper i will be tense

got one worth working with at last

the 2m low fat does not do justice for that bee, using good paper would be nice to record it as an ancestor

ps my new printer is not "wedding" quality but it seems it it will do arty stuff which is it's job

i am a very happy bunny that the tech seems to follow the idea at last

ps if i wanted "photo prints" i would not be doing this stuff, art meets beasts is much more fun.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 37966
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 20 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thinking of the stripy ones, neither ki nor me wanted to stop a youngish one from stealing our bacon sarnie at very close range

ace critters, never let on where they might be, nasty peeps abuse them(see tory) and badger baiters are pretty horrid to them and to their own slave mutts as well

ps imho cows might well have infected brock if there is a local tb issue

who got moo? i could not possibly comment

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 11960

PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 20 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice bee picture Dpack. As far as I know they are similar to honey bees in that the ones out now are sterile females/workers. The queen starts the colony and lays eggs, then has to continue looking after them until there are sufficient workers to take over the care and feeding duties. At the end of the season, the queen breeds young queens and drones (males), they mate, and the hive runs down. The young mated queens, and possibly the old one, find somewhere to overwinter while the rest of the colony dies out. Cycle starts again in the spring.

A policeman friend of ours told us that he once nicked a couple of me out in the early hours with dirty shovels and got them for badger digging. His colleague asked how he could be certain and get a conviction, so friend said that with dirty spades at that hour they were either badger digging or burying a body, and they would prefer to plead guilty to the badger digging.

We have badgers, and I know where the main sets are, but that is not common knowledge, although some of the outliers are pretty obvious. Think the males inhabit them when the cubs get too much in the main sett, or females throw them out to look after cubs.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 20 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the bees have got a bit more active, this morning 2 of them were "resting"locked on under flowers to escape the cold rain

i am fairly sure the 3 grey sparrows are justin's brood, odd as he is remarkably dark in the darkbits, mrs j is the usual girl shades

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 20 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps in sparrows dark + normal = grey. Interesting genetics.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 20 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a robin family living in the ivy at the bottom of our garden. One decided that it would like to pose for us. Sorry about the poor PQ.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 37966
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 20 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice pose, use what you are carrying to get the snap

are they feeding chicks?

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 20 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm not sure on that one DPack, they are in and out quite a bit. I've not heard any chirping when I've been sat down the bottom of the garden.

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