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    Spring Competition Time

    Yes Paul, we had a license from the Queensland government called a fosiker's licence which entitled us to dig and keep anythng we found. But I must tell you that since the early 1800's the whole area for thousands and thousands of square killometers had been dug and re dug so anything you find is a bonus. Here's another pic of regular visitors to our camp, The caption might well read ' This must be XXXX it's crap! These birds were drinking from one of our gravel washing drums.
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    Spring Competition Time

    I should have added: This is the result, a few small stones cut for me by a prospector who lived in the gem fields and I also have some, as yet, uncut stones.
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    Spring Competition Time

    A small group of Apostle Birds, so named because they are usually found in family groups of 12 or more, but locally called ‘Happy Jacks’ that came into camp every morning. This was taken in the gem fields of central Queensland where I was fortunate enough to be taken to dig for sapphires some 15 years ago. We dug a seam which was estimated to have been laid down some 40+ million years ago and it was like digging concrete! It was a wonderful experience not one experienced by many Brits and will remain with me forever. What an adventure. Everything we needed we had to take in with us, you’ve heard the expression in the middle of nowhere, well that’s where we were.
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    January Competition - Chat

    Steve that reminds me of a very old joke. The village ladies were having their annual photo shoot and were all arranged resplendent in their finery. The photographer set up his camera and ducked under his cloth. One lady said to her companion 'what is he doing Mary'? 'He's going to focus' she replied. What all of us.......?
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    January Competition - Chat

    Malky just a couple of ideas: How about pics of a wild bird carrying nest material for those with telephotos etc and another of the first signs of spring which would cater for the compact and phone cameras?
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    January Competition - Entries Only!

    Not sure if I've got this right but here goes to kick it off
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    January Competition - Chat

    Malky watch the picasa program. I don't know if it's the same now but when I used it a few years ago, I had reason to delete it and re download. Guess what? It took all my pictures with it and I never recovered them so back up every picture on picasa to be safe. By the way what a good idea to split the competition from comments, some super pictures on here....!
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    January Competition - Chat

    |See whar I mean?
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    January Competition - Chat

    Would it be possible for the entries to be shown in one posting and any comments posted in another? Then it would be possible for those viewing the pictures to do so with an open mind and to make their own judgements. Whilst it's nice for the entrants to see the comments, the entries tend to get 'lost' in the mass of comments.
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    January Competition

    I did promise no more BUT... Rose are Red Apples are Fruity Check your Lasagne It might be Black Beauty
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    January Competition

    Last one - I promise...... A fifteen-year old boy walked into a pharmacy. "How much is it for one condom?", he asked the pharmacist. "Sorry, son, but they only come in packs of three and they're £3.50," said the pharmacist. "Darn," said the disappointed boy, "I don't have enough money. And today I was planning on getting lucky with my new girlfriend." "Well," said the pharmacist, "in that case you can take a pack for free." "Gee, thanks!!!" yelled the boy as he dashed out the door holding the pack of condoms. That night, he was at his girlfriends' house, and everyone was seated at the dinner table, ready to eat. They all said grace with bowed heads, and then they began eating. As dinner progressed, the girl noticed that the boy's head was still bowed. "I didn't know you were so religious," she whispered to her young boyfriend, impressed. "I didn't know your dad was a pharmacist," was his reply.
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    January Competition

    Oh! sorry I didn't realize that it was past the 21st February!
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    January Competition

    HE PERFECT HUSBAND Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen. MAN: "Hello" WOMAN: "Hi Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?" MAN: "Yes." WOMAN: "I'm at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only £1,000; is it OK if I buy it?" MAN: "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much." WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked." MAN: "How much?" ; WOMAN: "£95,000." MAN: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options." WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing... I was just talking to Janie and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking £980,000 for it." MAN: "Well, then go ahead and make an offer of £900,000. They'll probably Take it. If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if it's what you really want it." WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!" MAN: "Bye! I love you, too." The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open. He turns and asks, "Anyone know who's phone this is?
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    January Competition

    Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole. The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony. The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to apologize. 'Please allow me to help. I'm a Physiotherapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you'd allow me, she told him. 'Oh, no, I'll be all right. I'll be fine in a few minutes,' the man replied. He was in obvious agony, lying in the fetal position, still clasping his hands there at his groin. At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help. She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his pants and put her hands inside. She administered tender and pain relieving massage for several long moments and asked, 'How does that feel'? Feels great, he replied; but I still think my thumb's broken!
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    January Competition

    Nymphomaniac Convention A man boarded an aircraft at London 's Heathrow Airport for New York , and taking his seat as he settled in, he noticed a very beautiful woman boarding the plane. He realised she was heading straight toward his seat and bingo — she took the seat right beside him. "Hello", he blurted out, "Business trip or vacation?" She turned, smiled enchantingly and said, "Business. I'm going to the annual nymphomaniac convention in the United States ..." He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting for nymphomaniacs! Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, "What's your business role at this convention?" "Lecturer," she responded,” I use my experience to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.." "Really", he smiled, "what myths are those?" "Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well endowed when, in fact, it's the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is that French men are the best lovers, when actually it is the men of Greek descent. We have also found that the best potential lovers in all categories are the Irish." Suddenly the woman became uncomfortable and blushed. "I'm sorry," she said. "I really shouldn't be discussing this with you, I don't even know your name!" "Tonto," the man said. "Tonto Papadopoulos, but my friends call me Paddy."
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    December Competition

    I'll add it for him! "I wish it would rain dear!"
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    December Competition

    "I hate when it snows ony toast!"
  18. Just picked up your message. I'm in Australia at the moment so will respond when I get back 9th June. I do have spare birds and can supply when I return Regards Richard

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    Photo Competition Ended

    I submitted an entry and always will do but didn't think it appropriate to vote but would have voted for the winner! I believe that it's not a photographic competition as such but a fun thing that anyone can join in as has been evidenced by the pics submitted in the past. Should Christmas bring about a change of heart could the voting page be placed where it will always be prominent when visiting the site? I did find that I always had to search for it when visiting - which I do every day!
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    New Arrivals At Portland

    Take a look at this site for some cracking pictures: http://www.btinternet.com/~portlandbirdobs...birdslatest.htm
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    Tree Sparrows

    Yep! I do feel old some days but others I feel like a spring chicken - look out girlls!!! As for being the oldest, well that's a whole new can of worms. ICI relates to Imperial Chemical Industries who in the 40s 50s and 60s were peddling poisons to farmers on the premise that they would get enhanced crops thus qualifying for greater government subsidies and certainly you can't blame the farmers for using it. There was one chemical, which was later withdrawn after the damage was done, the name of which I can't remember, that killed everything in the ground and subsequently everything that ate the insect life living or dead. I remember using it and was astonished to find that when I turned over the ground there was not a living thing in it. Millions of birds died as a result and, as a consequence, all that preyed on the birds as well. When they get it wrong they certainly do it in a big way. Returning to the thread, this year I have seen more house sparrows than for a long time and census results seem to indicate that they are on the increase. As for tree sparrows I haven't seen one for decades in this area.
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    Tree Sparrows

    Hell fire Dave, I wish I was 42! I was having the time of my life and I wouldn't have given a toss about any sparrows! Now 31 years on I still have the inclination but not the endeavour or opportunity!!! However, to answer the thread I remember that there was always a pair nesting in a tree next to the cottage in which we lived - no gas, no electricity and no running water. I wonder what our kids would make of this - including a 'dunney' down at the bottom of the garden and news paper! Not to read by the way, no electric!! I know that we must bore the younger members but this is how it was. Bird life was much more then than now. I was reminded recently about butterflies. In the early 40s a company called ICI introduced a chemical for farmers to spray on their pastures to eliminate pests. Guess what, it also eliminated every species of butterfies and moths which inhabited the area. There is a meadowa just outside of Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, where they FIRST used this chemical and the results were shocking. The area sprayed had no wild flowers whatsoever,was devoid of life and had signs saying keep out. I was only 12 years old and I remember it vividly although I did not at the time realise the implications. Believe me ICI has a lot to answer for. What has this to do with sparrows? Nothing really but someone might find it interesting or tell me to shut up!!
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    Rare Shrike Turns Up In Scotland

    Hi Bill If you are interested in rareties see the below site. It's worth a daily check, sometimes they get unusual visitors but always good pictures. http://www.btinternet.com/~portlandbirdobs...birdslatest.htm
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