n orang1
I’m not being rude, I’m just concentrating
n brugge
n canyonlans
Canyonland Park, Utah (not Colorado, as I first suggested. My thanks to Danny, Munguin’s man in America, for the correction.)
n albie (Jim)
There’s wee Albie got the wind in his sails again… (Jim).
n aberdeen
n fox enjoying sun
Perfect spot for a bit of sunbathing.
n friends
On orangutan’s best friend is his dog… and a dog’s best friend is his orangutan. Sounds like perfection.
n Grosnez Castle
Grosnez Castle, Jersey.
n hare
Don’t you dare say anything about Noddy!
n head scratch
Nothing like a scratch with tree bark…
n iberian lynx v rare
Iberian Lynx, extremely endangered.
n z
Sometimes, when all you want is to play and everyone else falls asleep!

n hi
This is my new daddy. Whatcha think?
n you cant see me
Am I still small enough to hide behind this sapling?
n Hrensko, cz
Hrensko, Czech Republic.
n nest Gille-Brighde oyster catche angus mcn
From Angus B MacNeil’s Twitter. They are Oyster Catchers eggs… although he called them ‘Gille Brighde’.
I don’t want to go to bed Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…
n matesunlikely-animal-friends-8
What do you think of my big mate?
n swim
Come on in, the water’s great.
n or5
Well, that’s yer lot for this week, peoples. Come back soon.

57 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Cute critters, beautiful scenics, and a nice ruined castle. The Czech Republic picture is amazing.

    However, a couple of quibbles with the American entry:
    That’s Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. The park IS on the Colorado Plateau and that’s the Colorado River seen in the distance. However Canyonlands National Park is in Southeastern Utah.

    Also, the photographer did a little digital crunching to suit a vertical format, but did get the sunrise shot that everybody wants. Horizontal format is best though:

    Most of the day, without the orange color from the rising sun, it’s not that pretty:

    So it’s a long drive in the dark from your lodgings at Moab and a half mile walk in the dark over slippery rocks on a cliff with a 500 ft dropoff, to push and shove the other photographers for camera tripod position at sunrise:

    Some tips:

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    1. So it’s a long drive in the dark from your lodgings at Moab and a half mile walk in the dark over slippery rocks on a cliff with a 500 ft dropoff, to push and shove the other photographers for camera tripod position at sunrise

      Sounds like a job for Heimdallr πŸ™‚

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    2. Ha ha, Danny…

      Bubble truly bust there. Without the sun and the strange crunching, it’s much less spectacular. AND I got it in the wrong state!

      Thanks. I’ll correct it.

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  2. Speaking of rock arches in Utah……One of the biggest natural bridges in the world is Rainbow Bridge…….not far from Canyonlands National Park. For much of its history since 1910 as a federally protected National Monument, Rainbow Bridge was only accessible by a days long trek on horseback. With the filling of Lake Powell behind the Glen Canyon Dam on the Arizona border, it’s now accessible by a two hour boat trip followed by a one mile hike.

    Note the size of the people walking near the base:

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  3. You see one of the reasons I’m not keen on dogs, apart from the barking and biting, is that they pretend to be man’s best friends but turn your back for a minute and they’ll desert you for elephants and orangutans. And well cats and well any non-humans – very fickle!

    The American picture was stunning and thanks Danny for the extra pics. Those arches are HUGE. Did someone ask for super size? Lovely bambi and yes, the water does look great turtles.

    Anyway in nature news at least 6 magpies were having a square go in my garden yesterday. What a racket. Anybody know what that was about – fighting for territory?

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    1. LOL… I suppose you can’t really blame dogs for that. I suspect that most of these animals make better best friends than the human sort.

      I suppose it could have been over territory. I suspect you are generous to birds and they, each of them, wanted to be the recipients of said generosity.


    2. Re Magpies – yeah its a territorial fight and the male/female pairs fight as a team. Most I’ve seen was four pairs fighting two years ago.

      Normally indicates there’s something nearby with lots of nests/eggs/fledglings – in our case two 25m high leylandii in a back neighbours garden & our hedge, both of which have a lot of garden bird nests.

      This year (and last) the crows have the upper hand and so woe betide any magpie around here as every crow (3 pairs plus young) will immediately attack them. The crows take a lot less of the eggs/chicks so there’s a huge amount of garden birds around this year, never seen so many small birds like tits etc before.

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      1. Also the crows are now successfully targeting the seagulls (herring gulls no less!) eggs/young. The gulls can’t catch them in the air and won’t land in trees (obviously) so that’s a result as well.

        I know gulls are a protected species but when they’re forming large colonies far inland (like here in Leicester) & causing problems then that protection (for nests) should be withdrawn. Nobody is saying “kill them” but stop them nesting where possible because their population is out of control & they don’t belong here so have adverse effects on local species.

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        1. My sister is absolutely terrified of them [herring gulls] after she got her lunchtime sandwich snatched from her hand about three steps away from the shop doorway.

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          1. Mate and I had got a Subway and made our way to City Square to eat it. A guy sat down at the next table, opened a McDonald’s of some sort and before he got a bite Harry the Herring Gull swooped and went off with the whole thing. It was all he had for his lunch so Stanislav and I ended up sharing our Subways with him,

            Bad gulls, but we made a friend that day.

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      2. thanks Vestas that sounds about right. There are high laurels there and it did look a bit like a tag team fight. The garden currently could double up as an outreach of RSPB! Did chase away a fox having a lie down just in case there are fledglings around.

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      3. My observation in my little patch Vestas is the magpies are the egg thieves but the jackdaws are the ones I see taking most of the chicks.

        I’ve got more small birds in the garden this year also but there’s a big area of scrub being cleared about a mile away for another living on top of each other housing estate, so I think habitat destruction is the reason.

        The sparrow hawk will be pleased. At least in the short term.

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        1. I regularly put out a couple of seed trays full of water near the hedge just to watch the blackbird fledglings use them as a bath/water source.

          As such they get used to me so when we did some digging/planting in front garden I was being followed around by a couple of them just to see what I was up to. Wife thought it was rather amusing when one perched on the spade about 30cm away from me, tweeting away like I’d opened up a new (worm) cafe πŸ™‚

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          1. That’s lovely, Vestas.

            A couple of years ago, I had a blackbird who used to wait for me to go out to feed him (and the rest of them). I always stopped on the way down the garden … you know, there’s always something to look at… and the bird would follow me down, perching on whatever was convenient on the way, and chattering away.

            It was as if he was saying “never mind all that, get to the important stuff… my breakfast!”

            He was really tame too.

            I think it was that year the robin that used my garden was also extremely tame.

            He used to watch me digging or trowelling from very nearby and when I moved he was right down to scoop up whatever I had, literally, unearthed.

            And, if you’ll indulge me one more robin story.

            My mate and I were out in the local woodlands on a walk. This robin attached himself to us. He would perch and watch us walk, then he’d fly a bit farther along the path and wait for us to catch up. He did this maybe 5 or 6 times, then he stopped. We reckoned that it was the end of his territory. He’d kind of been our escort.


  4. The Oystercatcher is known in Scottish Gaelic as gille brighde meaning “servant of (St) Brigid”. It has a similar name in the Irish Gaeltacht. It is probably associated with St Brigid because wintering Oystercatchers (its American name) are common on the west coasts of Ireland/Scotland in February. St Brigid’s day is 1st February. Of course, it doesn’t catch oysters, but then the Yellowhammer isn’t a hammer and a Black-headed Gull doesn’t have a black head.

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  5. In our part of Spain we have blue winged magpies (rabilargo). They live in the olive and oak trees around us in large family groups. Unlike the northern black & white magpies, these rabilargo don’t feast on baby birds etc. They tend to eat nuts and seeds, and sometimes insects. They are really lovely to watch. Noisy though.

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    1. Wow, that is beautiful.

      I’m happy enough to have noisy birds about the place, especially ones that don’t eat eggs and chicks!!


  6. Every time I see a hare I am reminder of the episode of Pipkins where Hartley Hare asks, “… but why do we have to die?” I like hares but they’re basically an intimation of death.

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    1. Oh dear… this fella wasn’t intending that…

      Nice to see you, btw. We thought your wicked capitalist employers had you locked in a dungeon until you got the sex robots working properly?


      1. Oh man, stressful times to hit a deadline that kept getting extended only for the whole thing to be cancelled but then uncancelled with a different strategic focus (whatever that means). Been having a proper rest for the last month but, to be honest, there’s nothing Brexity to blog about because literally nothing ever changes.

        As Frankie Boyle says, with the right attitude every robot is a sex robot.

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        1. On Brexit, I think you’re right, Terry, that nothing ever changes, except it’s in the sense that it’s the same heidbangers banging their heids against the same wall over and over again. We know that persistence is a negotiating tactic, but this is more repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Bonkers, in other words.

          As for the robots, you have given me serious doubts about some of my exes.


          1. I was expecting events to start to unfold last Autumn because the Withdrawal Bill was planned to pass through Westminster by then. Well, that turned to be completely wrong. Despite its urgency, the Withdrawal Bill is still nowhere near becoming legislation. In saner times, we would all panic at the impending legal void but we don’t live in sane times. In fact, the Withdrawal Bill is rarely ever mentioned by the government even though it is the most important legislative act for decades.

            Eventually, someone will have to start making decisions and when that happens someone else is going to be disappointed. I’ve given up trying to work out when that will happen but when it does it will present the only opportunity to stop it. The government are doing everything they can to delay that until April, 2019.

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            1. The whole things looks more and more like some sort of weird and unfunny version of “The Thick of It”, with the added excitement of the government being hobbled by a mad woman who thinks that life dates back only 6000 years!

              Superhard Brexit and utter disaster is actually on the cards.

              Do you remember when we read Ian Dunt’s book, and his first chapter laid out the very worst of all possible outcomes?

              Well, I reckon that’s what’s coming to a stupid island near you…well, near me anyway!


              1. The UK government have led themselves to a situation where they either accept whatever the EU offers or engage in legislative mayhem. I’m sure everyone expects UK capitulation but that’s a rational analysis and rational analyses have failed us for the last 2 years.

                I do remember reading Ian Dunt’s book. Oh, happy days.

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                1. That’s the most worrying thing about the May regime over here and the Trump administration in the US – we can have no expectation of rational behaviour from them.

                  Possibly the most bonkers thing I’ve heard is the belief among some Tories – I think it is concentrated among those in the South-East / Home Counties / Middle England – that the best way to solve the Irish border problem – is for the Republic to rejoin the UK and leave Europe when the UK does.

                  In other words, massively ignorant, massively arrogant, and fundamentally deluded. Support for EU membership among Irish people in the Republic is now up at 92%, I believe, and I suspect that becoming subject to Westminster again would be about as popular as the Black Death.

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                2. After his first chapter laying out the doomsday scenario , as I recall, he said something to the effect of, “it won’t, of course, be that bad”.

                  I suspect that it may.


            1. You’re welcome. I remembered Hartley Hare as a dispenser of wisdom and something to do with jam.

              Fucking Swiss.

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      1. I had the same thought about that bloody hare . Pipkins was the kids tv programme , Hartley Hare gave me nightmares as a kid .

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