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Queen did not shoot her seven dead swans for sport

Because every cause needs a celebrity (and every celebrity needs a cause – ed), the Sun brings news that seven of Her Majesty’s swans are feared killed by bird flu. Until now we’d no face to put alongside the illness. Finding birds to front a campaign to combat bird flu and raise awareness was hampered by the lack of famous birds. Orville, Emu and Bernie Clifton’s ostrich are either resting or no longer seen as big hitters. And Alan Partridge is a work of fiction. But we’ve now got the Queen’s birds, albeit seven dead ones, to shock us into action.

“Everyone fears the worst,” says a swan watcher, words which could pretty much be used whenever fear stalks. It’s hard to fear the best. But “the Queen is upset” and this is no time for nitpicking, nor wondering how swans are mourned but not pheasants, which the Queen has been known to kill with her bare hands when shooting them in the face proves insufficient sport. ” She is an animal lover,” says  a source, and not only because she loves eating and killing them for larks, “and if they have bird flu, it’s horrible.”

The only damper on all this is that the Sun says the Queen’s swans are “mute swans”. So it looks like avian flu must look further afield for a spokesperson…

Posted: 5th, February 2018 | In: News, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment

Starlings scare predator by forming shape of a huge bird

To evade predators starlings cluster. In the skies over Costa Brava, Spain, a murmuration of starlings took the form of a a far larger bird. Daniel Biber, who took the photo, tells the Independent:

“I was taking pictures of the murmurations over several days. Only when I checked the pictures on the computer later, I realised what formation the starlings had created.

“I was so concentrated on taking pictures at the time that I hadn’t realised that the starlings had created a giant bird in the sky.

“It took less than 10 seconds for the birds to create that formation. I realised that I had captured a unique snapshot, technically, sharp and in high quality.”




Mr Biber’s picture won first prize in a contest run by the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach, which sims “to inspire public interest in birds and raise awareness for their protection”.

Says Daniel: “In the northeast of Spain, hundreds of thousands of Common Starlings gather at nighttime to sleep. While I was watching this spectacle, the billowing flock suddenly took the shape of a huge flying bird. What luck!”

Posted: 4th, January 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Floating bird captured on camera (video)


Thanks to YouTuber Ginger beard you’ll believe a bird can float.  “This is the HIKVISION’s DS-2CD2342WD-I,” says Ginger Beard. “I have it set to max resolution at 2688×1520 and the video was captured at 20fps. Pretty happy with it, floaty bird aside.”

hanging bird gif

Posted: 19th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Glasgow woman gives mouth to mouth to dying pigeon

To Glasgow, where a woman is trying to resuscitate a pigeon with mouth to mouth.

@charlismyname spotted this ‘Glasgow kiss’ and tweeted that the pigeon was then eaten by a seagull.

You get your protein where you can find it in Scotland.

Posted: 20th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Wind Turbine Plot To Murder Bald Eagles


HAVING killed the bird of the century, sliced golden eagles and made bats explode, the US bald eagle is getting the silent treatment:

More than four decades ago the golden eagle was awarded the same protections under US law as the country’s national bird, the bald eagle. Even disturbing their nests is a criminal offence.

The raptor is not considered to be under threat but scientists are worried about a recent increase in the number of golden eagles killed by wind turbines. Eagles in flight tend to focus on the ground below as they look for prey, unaware of the fast-spinning blades in their paths until it’s too late.

Posted: 4th, November 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

Lover attempts to send phone by carrier pigeon to jailed boyfriend

Phone pigeon
TO Brazil, where Cristielli Mansa, 21, used a pigeon to transport a mobile phone to her lover, Wagner Machado Rodrigues, 19, who had been imprisoned for drug trafficking.

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Posted: 4th, October 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Wind turbines kill golden eagles and make bats implode

In this April 18, 2013, photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine on Duke energy's top of the world windfarm in Converse County Wyo. The company has reported 10 golden eagle deaths since it started operation in 2009. It's the not-so-green secret of the nation's wind-energy boom: Spinning turbines are killing thousands of federally protected birds, including eagles, each year. (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello)

WIND turbines are good for nature. So goes the theory? What about birds?
Anne Youngman, Scottish officer at the  Bat Conservation Trust, said:

“People think the danger is bats getting hit by the blade but the danger is barotrauma, where they are popped from the inside. There are many risks to bats but when you add wind turbines it could be the final nail in the coffin. It had no signs of external trauma. That, to me, suggests it suffered internally.”

Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

Wind turbines murder the Bird of the Century

White-throated Needletail

WOW! Looks at that bird in the Outer Hebrides. It’s that a White-throated Needletail? It’s only ever been spotted in the UK 8 times.

It is:

The White-throated Needletail isn’t seen very often in the UK. In fact, the bird, which is the world’s fastest flying bird, hasn’t been spotted in Britain since 1991. That’s why it was such a treat for birdwatchers when the rare bird showed up today in Northumberland.

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Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

Blackbirds found blind drunk in playground

SOME young tearaway blackbirds found dead at a primary school in Cumbria, which doesn’t sound very funny. However, when you consider the fact that they were dead from alcohol poisoning, it suddenly feels more amusing.

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Posted: 7th, November 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment

American Stole 299 Bird Skins To Buy New Flute

EDWIN Rist, 22 and  a US citizen, has admitted to the Beak at Hemel Hempstead Magistrates’ Court to stealing 299 bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in Hertfordshire to get the cash to buy a new flute.

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Posted: 27th, November 2010 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Suicidal Birds Try To Bring Down US Navy Plane: Photos

THE birds – the Al Qaeda birds! – are trying to take down a U.S. Navy plane at the Fort Smith Regional Airport in Arkansas. The E-6B is engulfed in a ball of suicide birds. Did you know that in the pat two decades, birds have caused the death of 200 people on board aircraft? The war with the birds is subtle, but deadly…

Spotter: Arbroath (no copyright on photos)

Posted: 18th, November 2010 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Detectives Look For Stolen Flying Dead Bird

POLICE LOG: You’ll believe a dead bird can fly…

Spotter: JKay

Posted: 26th, November 2008 | In: Photojournalism, Strange But True | Comments (3)