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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:56 pm

lol can't leave them out now can we

this is our big mouth his name is Joe


this is Petie


this is Petunia


thought I had a pic of the finches but I do not lol

we also have several doves no pics of them though

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Post by Ricky on Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:30 pm

Well, no pets, but feathered friends:
LK members probably know it since it was already posted here http://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=53&start=100 and here http://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=41&start=25
But since here are some new members and the pics are gone on LK I´ll copy it to here:



Here it is, the story of what happened on my trip:

To make everything understandable I have to start with a long story a few years ago in 2004: At that time I lived near a pond which has a size of about 1 hectare (100 x 100 metres) in Northern Germany. The distance between my house an the water line was about 15 metres.
On this pond a big „family“ of mallards lived. During the summer most of our meals where taken outside in the garden. The ducks soon noticed that they also get something if they come. So we mostly ate together (they got corn, we ate hour normal meals). When weather turned colder they still got something to eat although we weren´t eating ouside any more of course.
In the following year (2005) there were nearly 20 chicks. 3 of them didn´t grow as fast as the others and one of these was always too late for everything. It came to eat when some of the others had already finished. So it was called „Schlafmütze“ which means „sleepy head“. She (it is a female) always got some more food if the others didn´t leave anything left for her. We all loved her most of all the mallards because of her dozy and trusty behaviour. And she seemed to notice our sympathy and became more and more tame. In the autumn we lost the contact the her for a while. But on a sunny winter morning – the door to the garden was openend – some mallard sounds got to my ear. And it was Schlafmütze standing on the stairs and begging for food – I was really affected. Of course she got her food and also visited regularly in the future.
Soon she also had a mate. But they didn´t breed in that year (2006). Everything went on normally. She got her food daily and also started feeding straight out of the hand and sometimes we also could stroke her. In the morning they walked into the bedroom and woke us up (there was a door from to bedroom to the garden which was opened. Often when you went from one room to another you suddenly saw Schlafmütze (often with her mate) walking around there. It was both great and funny.
In 2007 she had a new mate. There was something characteristical about him: His white band on his throat was very thin and short. That way he was able to be recognized quite easily. And it also made it easier to recognize Schlafmütze because she didn´t have anything special – apart of a very chubby head which made her look very cute. In that year I started studying the mallards even more – probably because I knew that it would be the last year we could spend with „our“ ducks because we were planning to move to Austria. That way a noticed some other „special“ ducks. There was one drake without a white band. His partner (She was named „Kathi“) had quite an angular head. There also was a female duck whith a broad white-rosy coulored stipe above her eyes. She was called „Augenstreif“ which means „eye-stripe“. And there was a duck with a nearly completely orange beak. She was called „Orange“. The time went soon and suddenly – in June - Schlafmütze was only seen very seldom. We wondered where she might be and one day I found her sitting on her eggs in our neighbours´ garden. We all were happy. In the beginning of July the nest was empty and none of us did ever see her cicks. And also Schlafmütze herself didn´t come any more apart of maybe one or two times in the beginning of July. We didn´t know what happened to her and her family but hoped they were well of course. There are some more ponds in the neighborhood so there was a good possibility that she was there. Than it was time to leave for Austria (mid of July). I have to admit that it was a hard decision for me to do so because of our winged friends. And it needed some time to manage living without them. The wish to see them again stayed. But you can´t drive about 1000km for that reason. We agreed on that we would visit them as soon as there was the chance to.


Nothing happened until the end of January 2009. I got a phone call that a consulting for an investment was needed – not far away from „our“ mallards. Soon it was decided to drive a bit further than it was neccessary for the normal buisness trip. I put about 20 kilos of corn in the car as a "present" for our featered friends. On Saturday we arrived and the whole pond was frozen apart of a small area where about 50 mallards were keeping the water open. When they saw our car stopping they flew out of the water to beg for food. Although they were a bit jumpy – I think they didn´t really recognize us, but actually I had expected that they wouldn´t – they were as hungry as we know them. We all hoped to see some of the named ducks and hoped that we were able the recognize them after 19 month. Then suddenly I saw a drake without a white band and next to him – who was feeding there? – Kathi! Most mallards had come out of the water and some were still walking on the ice. Then there was a duck with a chubby head. I wasn´t sure if it was her but when I watched the mate walking next to her I was sure. It was – as always much too late – Schlafmütze. Maybe you can imagine how happy we all were. Seeing old friends again after a long time is always a special moment. Also Augenstreif came a bit later and enjoyed the food as all the others. At last a young Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) joined the group.
It was great to see that both female ducks didn´t change there mates. Although mallards live in some kind of monogamy they change there mates sometimes as Schlafmütze also had done earlier.
We promised to visit again when there´s the next chance to do.

I´ll add some pics from 2007:

female duck with chicks


Schlafmütze


Kathi


Do you recognize one of them? Laughing
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Re: show us your fearthered babies

Post by garina do mar on Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:07 pm

Schlafmutze is your avatar Wink
I had read the story on Lk but I didn't remember that was "yours". I didn' "knew you" at that time Smile
It's a lovely story sunny
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Post by Ophiophagus on Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:39 pm

This beautiful story from the mallards (that are vulgar ducks). I turned a page in the dictionary until 20 minutes. But was worth it...
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Re: show us your fearthered babies

Post by Ophiophagus on Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:54 pm

AnnaXLA1 wrote:lol can't leave them out now can we

this is our big mouth his name is Joe


Nice birds! You let them out from the bird cage, but how they go back? :scratch:
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Re: show us your fearthered babies

Post by robin on Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:05 pm



My feather friends are 7 years old male budgerigar and female I dont know how old sparrow. Sparrow is injured, one wing is broken, she got a hit from car, but thankfully she survived...they live together in one cage...
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Post by Admin on Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:20 am

Ricky, you made my heart melt with that story. Robin, I am so tickled to see the sparrow in your cage. How beautiful.

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Re: show us your fearthered babies

Post by Guest on Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:03 am

Joe is hand tamed that is why he can be let out of his cage lol, he much prefers sitting on my shoulder than the otp of his cage lol, he will sweet talk me til I give him a boost up onto my shoulder lol
the others are not and would take your fingers off if we even tried to handle them lol

I adored your story Ricky so sweet
awwwwwwww so sweet about the sparrow the parakeet looks like he is giving you a piece of his mind lol

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Post by caysa on Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:43 pm

robin wrote:
My feather friends are 7 years old male budgerigar and female I dont know how old sparrow. Sparrow is injured, one wing is broken, she got a hit from car, but thankfully she survived...they live together in one cage...
That is so very cute!!
For some reason budges and sparrows seem to like each other. I a park I once saw sparrows, lots of them - and they had 2 budgies amongst them. I was told that the budgies had escaped from an old lady nearby and that she never caught them but she still goes out every day and feed them (and the sparrows)

Here is a pic I took today : My very spoiled chickens

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Post by robin on Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:04 pm

I adore your alls birds and hens and mallards- birds are my weakness.
So colourful hens, they look at you, smart look. bounce
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Post by Ophiophagus on Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:07 pm

caysa wrote:
robin wrote:
My feather friends are 7 years old male budgerigar and female I dont know how old sparrow. Sparrow is injured, one wing is broken, she got a hit from car, but thankfully she survived...they live together in one cage...
That is so very cute!!
For some reason budges and sparrows seem to like each other. I a park I once saw sparrows, lots of them - and they had 2 budgies amongst them. I was told that the budgies had escaped from an old lady nearby and that she never caught them but she still goes out every day and feed them (and the sparrows)

Here is a pic I took today : My very spoiled chickens

If I would be the fox, I would be shopping here only!
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Post by robin on Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:12 pm

And the shop is closed every day for you then. lol!
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Post by Ophiophagus on Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:21 pm

robin wrote:And the shop is closed every day for you then. lol!
It is necessary to carry a pithy bone for the Saima dog only! Cool
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Re: show us your fearthered babies

Post by caysa on Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:52 pm

Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
The foxes know that we have . If I have to choose, or , guess who gets the bullet??
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Post by AllyKass on Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:57 pm

caysa wrote:Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
The foxes know that we have . If I have to choose, or , guess who gets the bullet??
please not ,they are my pretect-animal
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Post by caysa on Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:03 pm

lol! Take is easy Ally!! Over all the years that we have lived here - we have never had a fox even trying to get into our yard. So, no worries!!!
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Post by AllyKass on Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:29 pm

caysa wrote:lol! Take is easy Ally!! Over all the years that we have lived here - we have never had a fox even trying to get into our yard. So, no worries!!!
ofcourse, are smart and clever Smile
i do not worry really lol!
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