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catch that pigeon…

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Damn that pigeon!, every evening when i am teaching photoshop in the computer labs, i see the Palapittas (Andhra Pradesh state bird) flying into the neighbouring field. The Palapitta (the telegu name for it), also known as the Indian Roller and even the Milk Pigeon, looks like a regular enough bird when static, a nice turquoise/brown affair, but when it flies, it’s AMAZING…vivid blue/turquoise wings, a flash of brilliant colour…

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Needless to say i have been trying to catch that pigeon (photographically of course) for years, still not done it to my satisfaction…its always too far away, too fast. Even my young students try to help be by lobbing stones at it (from a distance, with no chance of hitting it) to coax it into flight…like i said, damn that pigeon!!!

beasts of the eastern firth…

HUGELY excited…whilst walking across the Forth Road Bridge…pictured below…

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…spotted this creature swimming in the murky waters of the Firth of Forth (well my eagle eyed pal spotted it first, to be accurate), never seen one in this area  before. It was small, dark and on it’s own…wondered if it was a harbour porpoise??

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From the bridge its quite a distance looking down, but you could tell the creature was small, and also much darker (almost black) than it appears in my photos…dolphin or porpoise…does anyone know?

“Harbour porpoises are the smallest cetaceans found in Scottish waters. They are also the most abundant cetacean in inshore waters, being found all around our coastline. They tend to be alone or in small groups, although they may form larger groups in areas where there is an abundant food source.”

I filmed this from the Forth Road Bridge, the noise and the shakiness is comes from the vibrations from the relentless traffic thundering past:

…also spotted in same location, the seldom seen and extremely timid female smurf…

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