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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:17 pm

Good bye piggies... A few years ago I was strolling in a place called "Les bonniers". It was after a "little" rain... Suddenly I fell on the path of a terrific buffaloes herd...

A sunny day..

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The dried river...

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The wild buffaloes called " Charolais"

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The chief of the herd a very nice " Charolais" bull

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:56 pm

Fantastic cattle Christophe!
I love the Charolais, specially that bull!

Coq au vin?
I think you eat everything "au vin" ,haha geek
What about Charolais-steak au vin? cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:51 am

Beautiful pictures everyone. The cattle are beautiful. The birds are amazing, especially the pheasant. I love the pigs.

Here are some more photos I took.

First is mamma cat and her kittens. They are all wild, but I feed them so they stick around.

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Here is a cottontail that I have near my garden. There is a baby as well, but it is hard to get a picture of.

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Here is one of the 21 llamas that live across the street.

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Next is a walking stick that was on my front door this morning.

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Here are 3 baby box turtles and a frog I found in my garden when my husband was tilling. I put them in my planter until he finished so they wouldn't get hurt. My daughter thought they were pretty cool.

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:38 am

Oh WOW Amy and Kiki, I love the Charolais cattle and that bull. You saw some beautiful things Amy, you have turtles in your garden!!! I wish I did, it would be fantastic, the Stick insect is amazing, I've only ever seen a pet one. And a fantastic picture of the humming bird moth!
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:14 pm

What a nice little turtles Amy, they are really sweet to have around! :)
The picture of this hummingbird mot is just amazing, what a stunning insect, he really looks like a little hummingbird!

I love the walking stick too, as i had a lot of them, a few years ago, i had the species from India, but it looks much the same as the one you have there.
Funny thing is, that they bred quit well, laying dousands of eggs, so i had lot of little sticky's in my terrariums.
But everytime, i went in there, to give some new plant-material on which they feed on, i brought lots of those sticky's around the house, without knowing that, haha.
I didn't knew, until i sat behind my computer in the livingroom, and one of them was walking around on my desk-top, haha.
they are quit small when they hatch, between 1/2-1 cm...

Sweet cat too by the way.
My brother lives in Spain, were there are a lot of those straycats, and my sister in law addopted some of them too.
Most of them are build like Siamese cats, and have large canines, like their pre-ancestors again.
They bring home everything, from lizards, birds, grasshoppers up to cockroaches(the big ones!) affraid .
One of them is specialized in cockroaches, so they named him "Cucaracha", shortly called "Cuca",because of that.
That he brings them is not the problem, but he takes them inside the house, plays with them for 5 minutes, and then he looses interest, so my brother has to catch the cockroaches again then, and they are very fast and can make themselves very flat, so they can go under almost everything, even a sheet of paper if they want! Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:28 pm

This time, the latest movie of my living-room fish-tank, Central-America.
My proud are the very big Herichtys bocouti's, the male is about 42 cm long, 30 high and weighs about 2 1/12 kg.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:37 pm

Lovely turtles!They are soo cute!
The walking stick is freakin' cool.I saw some at the museum of natural history in Vien.


Lovely aquarium,Willy!I am not so good at cyclids,but they look very healthy!You did a great job with the whole arrangement!

Great news guys!We are going to buy the marine aquarium very soon.Already found the model,the technical parts and made a list of the wildlife inside!It will be a nano-reef,with almost 120l and 6-7 different fishes!I will try to stick to the Indo-Pacific area.

The even better news is that we keep the old one,too!I don't want to say bye-bye to my first aqua-love!
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:50 pm

Wow Willy ! How big is your tank ?

I just have a little tank with 2 goldfish in it. I fear that I may lose one of the fish soon, he has not been well for a week and nothing seems to be working bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:53 pm

I saw a lady on Animal Crackers which used a floating belt for her goldfish,which couldn't swin from birth!Anything is possible!Just hope!
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:56 pm

I think I seen a goldfish like that :) It had swim bladder or a similar ailment.

Well it has like a white fuzzy spot on it's face. It has had it once before and I completely changed the water, bought new pebbles, used various medications etc and it was fine. I have done the same this time but it doesn't seem to be getting any better.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:00 pm

The white dots are a disease.It is highly contagious!I used a treatment for my tetra neons(from JBL-called Punktol 1000).Poured a lot in the water,in 2 days everything was perfect!Very good product!
It's box is blue and rectangular.Plastic.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:17 pm

Strange...Did you consult a vet or the seller at a pet shop?
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:25 pm

Yep went straight to the pet shop that I got them from.

It's probably poor water condition now that I think about it. We had the electric off for a few days so the filter wouldn't have worked No I will get a new filter this week as I wanted to replace the old one anyway.

The fish is happy in itself. Still eating, doing normal fishy things. And what ever it is on it's face, hasn't got any worse.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:21 am

Thanks guys!
My tank is 200x70x60 cm, netto 840 lt, but together with the biologic filter which contans 160 lt, together 1000 lt!
And i am not the biggest in this field by far.
I know some guys who have 5 mt tanks in their livingroom, or even as a pond in the garden, but where you can see into from the cellar!

The disease sounds like a fungus to me, but that doesn't matter, main point is, if it is on the outer skin.
Well, first you have to change minimum 20% of your water every week, very important!
For now change 50%, and put one eating-spoon of salt or sea-salt(available in the supermarket too) on 10 lt of water of the tank, just throw it in, and watch the fish, if they react normally.
When yes, it is ok.
Leave this for 2 days, and see if the fungus or other disease is gone.
When yes, change about 70% of the water again, and keep on doing this every week anyway, this must help normally with diseases of the outer skin.
you don't need medicinal stuff, those are just chenicals, that harm the aquarium-inviroment, only in the last case use this.
Salt is a miracle medicine, for us too!

You don't need to buy a new filter, just change the content, or wah it out in soft warm water, normally every 3 weeks or so, that is depending on the size of your tank, and how many fish you have.

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:50 am

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Beautiful pictures everyone. The cattle are beautiful. The birds are amazing, especially the pheasant. I love the pigs.
Here are some more photos I took.
Enjoy.

Thank you Amy, I'm impressed you have walking sticks at your door Shocked Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:01 pm

Thank you for the information, Willy :)

It seems to have got smaller today. We have plenty of salt so I'll give that a go. The filter is many years old so perhaps it is best to have a new one.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:25 pm

I totally missed these wonderful creatures from your neighborhood. I really like the way you took their pictures, guys. It's really amazing! Thank you.

This is something very interesting in this forum. There is always something new and interesting to see almost everyday. Just that I don't have the time in the world to see them everyday. Anyway, good job and thanks for sharing your hobbies because it's very very interesting.

And Harriet, your photography really rocks! It's crystal clear and very detailed. I can't believe you are only using Nikon D70 and a regular lens. You must have done something special because it's like a photos came out from the high end cameras with a super dooper kinda special lens. Anyway, as always. I am such a big fan of your photography. cheers

And based on the white spots from the fishes. It's a fungal infection and can simply treated by a normal table salt to be added into the water.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:25 pm

Beautiful fish aquarium Willy. I love all your fish. Glad everyone liked the walking stick and the turtles.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:10 pm

Thanks Amy! queen

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:11 pm

This time I have also photos of bird. I went to walk and sat near the river. Luckily I had my camera with me-I just couldn't believe my luck when I saw him-the kingfisher. He was extremely beautiful, blue color was very shiny. These several seconds were like miracle Very Happy I dreamed only about 500mm lens, then photos would be much closer drunken
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:50 am

Great pics Ana cheers And I'm sure that was a magic and emotional moment I love you

I remember I saw one flying near me but it was a blue flash and then nothing... Lucky Ana Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:35 am

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Great pics Ana cheers And I'm sure that was a magic and emotional moment I love you

I remember I saw one flying near me but it was a blue flash and then nothing... Lucky Ana Very Happy

Yes Christophe, "blue flash"-perfect name for this creature Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:45 pm

Beautiful pictures Ana, what a lovely thing to see!
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:31 pm

Beautiful bird Ana. Thanks for the photos. The blue is amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:02 pm

Here's more from me: tongue

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:58 pm

Wow Gabe, they are stunning! Beautiful!
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:04 pm

Thanks, Harriet! alien

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:15 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:19 pm

Such a wild and free spirit!
And your shots clearly conveyed it! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:27 pm

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Such a wild and free spirit!
And your shots clearly conveyed it! Wink
Thanks Gabe Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:30 pm

Yep... we have a talented artist here! Very Happy
The kitten's eyes are amazing! And my Goodness! these chicks are so cute that I want to kiss them one by one! Laughing

Great work, Harriet!

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:32 pm

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Yep... we have a talented artist here! Very Happy
The kitten's eyes are amazing! And my Goodness! these chicks are so cute that I want to kiss them one by one! Laughing

Great work, Harriet!
Thank you Gabe!!
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:36 pm

Thank You for beautiful photos Gebe and Harriet! Great photos of beautiful horse, You know Harriet I'm one of these "horse lovers" here Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:47 pm

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Thank You for beautiful photos Gebe and Harriet! Great photos of beautiful horse, You know Harriet I'm one of these "horse lovers" here Razz
Thank you Ana. Yes I do know you're a horse lover Ana! cheers It was a lovely day, I went on a photo shoot with my brother, he was the pro and I was just tagging along. Wow, he was a beautiful bay, his name was Barty.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:24 pm

Fantastic pics Harriet Very Happy .

You are living in a great place and it seems you know how to savor it sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:39 pm

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Thank You for beautiful photos Gebe and Harriet! Great photos of beautiful horse, You know Harriet I'm one of these "horse lovers" here Razz
Thank you Ana. Yes I do know you're a horse lover Ana! cheers It was a lovely day, I went on a photo shoot with my brother, he was the pro and I was just tagging along. Wow, he was a beautiful bay, his name was Barty.
Yes it must be very lovely day with beautiful light but to make such good photos there is a special "eye" needed. I use to spent some time with horses every week but none of my horse photos are good as yours cat And yes, Barty seems to be very nice bay-guy Wink

By the way, who in your country is most famous horse photographer? You know to making postcards, posters or albums about horses? In Poland we have Zofia Raczkowska-she is old distinguished lady and very famous because of her talent to making wonderful images of horses. I use to collect postcards with photos from her (my second collection next to animal figures)

Here are some of her works, I couldn't find her official website, probably because of her age(around 90)
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:50 am

Thank you Kiki!
I don't know who the famous horse photographer for this country is, actually Ana. I know a famous photographer for landscapes, Colin Baxter, but that's it (and my brother, but he's not famous... yet Laughing ). I love looking at other's photography in books and on the internet, but I don't know them by name:roll:
Those photos you put up Ana are beautiful. I love the first and second one.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:24 pm

Beeing not on the forum for one day means that you miss a lot of great stuff... Laughing

Ana, that was a great catch to take pics of the kingfisher, it is a beautifull colourfull bird, specially for the northern parts of Europe.
Here we have them too, but they are very rare, as they need little clean and clear freshwater-streams to live and breed.
So that will be a new lens then in the future... Very Happy

Harriet and Gabe, more fantastic pictures too! cheers

The chicks are so sweet, but i ask myself, if they knew that they are on a diner-plate, a view in the future more or less... Embarassed
The kittens did you capture very well too!

I love the little bird on pic two Gabe, it is called a Common Goldcrest(Regulus regulus), and difficult to spot normally, as they are very tiny birds, one of the smallest in the northern parts of Europe.
They are maximum 9 cm long, and the weight is between 4 and 7 gramms, which is very light of course.
They life in desily pine-forests around here, but they are rare too, in our crowded little country.
There is another very close related species, the Firecrest(Regulus ignicapullus), which has the same weight and length, but has a more broad golden orange crest on the top of his head.

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:02 pm

Thanks Willy! :) (for the info, too!)

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:45 pm

Oh, no problem, we are here to help eachother, isn't it... Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:19 pm

Thanks Willy. We only keep chickens and ducks for their eggs and just as pets. I would NEVER eat any of my hens or ducks, not for a million pounds.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:44 pm

Gorgeous photos, Harriet !

Your horse pictures remind me so much of Bob Langrish's work ^_^ I have quite a few of his pictures on my wall.
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:52 am

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Thanks Willy. We only keep chickens and ducks for their eggs and just as pets. I would NEVER eat any of my hens or ducks, not for a million pounds.

I know Harriet, it was just a joke and a play of words... Laughing
Of course you would't do that!

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:23 am

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Thanks Willy. We only keep chickens and ducks for their eggs and just as pets. I would NEVER eat any of my hens or ducks, not for a million pounds.

I know Harriet, it was just a joke and a play of words... Laughing
Of course you would't do that!
Wink ok then Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:46 am

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Gorgeous photos, Harriet !

Your horse pictures remind me so much of Bob Langrish's work ^_^ I have quite a few of his pictures on my wall.
Thank you Rio! I wish I could photograph horses more often.

You wouldn't believe the place I went to yesterday. It was fabulous. We've been looking around for some new ducks, because on Monday night last, the Mink got into the run and killed all my ducks, it didn't take any of the bodies away as I think my brother and I frightened it off as we ran down, but all four were dead. So because my brother and I were so upset (my brothers on holiday at the moment) I decided to buy some more as a surprise for when he comes home.
But to cut a long story short, the place we went to buy the ducks from was this Farm, and the nice chap you owned it bred the most wonderful geese, cranes, chickens and ducks! It was like a zoo. The farm was beautifully kept, really tidy and clean. He also showed us some adorable Beagle puppies! It was a thrill to look round, the chap really enjoyed showing us too. Because it was so lovely there we asked if we could bring my brother back and the guy said of course and that the best time to come back would be in September when all the birds are the most colourful. So we're going back cheers We'll buy something then as well, as he sells everything so cheap ( I guess he's so well-off he doesn't mind selling cheaply) for three Khaki campbell ducks and a rare breed drake (forgotten the breed) it only cost £22.00! When some ducks we looked at elsewhere were £15.00 - £20.00 EACH.
He had a Crane pair with red on the back of their heads, they were so beautiful. Two other cranes were showing off and calling. Their heads were grey, yellow colour. It was so loud their call. I don't know what type they were, but it was fantastic watching them.
I wish I had pictures to show, but of course I didn't have my camera. Rolling Eyes



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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:55 am

Too bad for your ducks Harriet pale

The first pair of cranes you are talking about is maybe a pair of Brolgas ? here is a pic... Not from me !


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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:30 am

Those ones are too blue actually, the ones I saw were white with black on their tail feathers.
He had two of these too
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:45 pm

What a sad story to hear about the loss of your ducks Harriet... Sad
Better take care of your enclosure for your fowl now, and make it tidy and closed, before that mink comes back again.

But nice, that you found some nice and cheap ducks back again, and that this person is a friendly one, that showed you all of his birds.
That must be nice to have a little bird-zoo like that in your area.
Take your cam next time! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:33 pm

We will miss the ducks!Happy Feet especialy! Sad

WOW!The man had crested cranes!
Did he have mandarin ducks,too?
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PostSubject: Re: Animals around your house...   Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:11 pm

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What a sad story to hear about the loss of your ducks Harriet... Sad
Better take care of your enclosure for your fowl now, and make it tidy and closed, before that mink comes back again.

But nice, that you found some nice and cheap ducks back again, and that this person is a friendly one, that showed you all of his birds.
That must be nice to have a little bird-zoo like that in your area.
Take your cam next time! Laughing
Yes, we will be extra careful with them, we've set traps for the mink and our neighbour is also setting traps his side.
I will take the camera next time. Laughing
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