Posts Tagged ‘Birdwatching

31
Aug
13

Almost Tame

A family of Kestrels played a part in some of our recent tours.

The young got so bold that they allowed quite a close approach as they sat on fence posts. They were quite oblivious to us as they pounced on beetles and grubs before returning to their perch.

Kestrel

28
Mar
12

Feral

I’m often asked about the term ’Feral’ and what it means. Although it could apply to my 15 year old daughter it more often applies to creatures that were domesticated but have returned to the wild and in some way still rely on man.

Take Rock Doves for instance. They were taken from the wild to become domesticated Pigeons – any Pigeon with a white rump will probably have a wild ancestor within its history that was a Rock Dove. Now you probably have to go to the sea cliffs of Northern Scotland to find a true Rock Dove.

The odd mixed bag of creatures flying around the cliffs here in North Norfolk that visit the gardens to feed are perhaps best therefore described as Feral Pigeons.




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