Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Chrissie_Lay, Aug 2, 2016.
Vote on this week's poll - Have you ever tried shooting wildlife in your garden?
Yes; we get a lot of birds.
Always with a camera...
When we got some foxes I did strengthen our fences to try to keep them out - I think successfully.
Don't actually have a garden as such, just patches of grass and the odd flower-bed round the car-park. Plenty of trees surrounding us.
So, lots of birds, insects, invertebrates and so on. And the odd grey squirrel...
In the interests of honesty I must admit that I voted for 'no, I don't have a garden' because, as my vote suggests, I don't have one.
I like the way that AP tried to anticipate all the smart-arse comments on the forum that usually happen when the voting options don't cover all eventualities and managed to completely miss the ramifications of asking us whether we shoot wildlife.
Yes, but not with a camera. Stone built traditional house - when building it, the builders always left shallow holes in the walls to take scaffolding timber for future expansion. The pigeons nest in the holes. The snakes come to eat the pigeon eggs - and they can have a fatal bite. We lost a dog that way last year. So I got a gun licence, and the rest is history - well, the pigeons are, anyway. With our collection of dogs, cats and guns the chances of any miscellaneous wildlife visiting are slim to nil.
I use the camera to shoot snails, as part of my scientific research.
I have discovered and learned much from shooting wildlife in my garden. Never had a new species in my garden but have some new to the UK species and furthest north records of of some too.
My favourite is probably still the spiky harvestman by my front door step in early summer. Really common but looks like something from another planet
I.m lucky with a Snowdnian river flowing thru the border, attracting all sorts of wildlife, just wish I had a longer micro lens
The only time I have ever seen a Sparrow Hawk was in my back garden one Sunday morning. There was a D2x with a 300mm lens on the table so I took a photograph through the window. There was a Woodpecker on Monday but I wasn't quick enough.
You want to be careful if you find a woodpecker on your table - they can peck their way through one of the legs in a matter of seconds and before you know it your table's developed a severe list to starboard and there's Alphabetti Spaghetti all over the curtains and everything!
Our woodpeckers are suitably distracted by the fat balls to not even think about such exercises. Just as well - the supports are all metal.
T'was in a tree Jeff. Also I don't generally used tinned "food" beyond the occasional baked beanz; I think my table is safe enough.
No, but last night I spotted a badger at our back door. Unfortunately it spooked and ran off before I could get a closer look.
That's a relief!
Sadly, because my nearest shop is a three mile round trip away and I don't drive I have to rely to an extent on a supply of tinned, packaged and frozen goods. I'd love to have a ready supply of fresh veg but there's no practical way to get hold of them.
I do recall one of my Tesco airdrops when the delivery bloke was looking at my order and said "there's only one substitution - they didn't have any frozen hash browns so they've sent you frozen dinosaur-shaped potato bites instead...well, you won't be wanting those, will you?" I very quickly disabused him of that notion and relieved him of them sharpish.
I may be getting old, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm getting mature!
yes whilst shouting "Get off my land!"
The usual range of birds and an occasional muntjac
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