A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: Egyptian Goose

St James Park

Post 1

Minorvogonpoet

I have a feeling I've seen these geese in St James Park in central London. I used to work nearby and, when I had the time, I'd walk round the lake. There was a collection of wildfowl there. smiley - smiley


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Post 2

paulh, hiding under my bed

For some reason, this bird reminds me of the dodo in "Alciein Wonderland."
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/alice-oxford-and-the-dodo

It's more the posture and the fact that the beak seems to have been stuck on rather than growing out of the animal naturally.

Also I love the plum-colored beak. The bird looks like it's wearing lipstick!

(Like the dodo, some other related species are extinct. I'm glad that this one is thriving in some places.)


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Post 3

Willem

Hello minorvogonpoet and Paulh! Thanks for the comments.

Yeah the dodo stuff is interesting. But we do today have a fairly good idea of what living dodos look like. Have you seen my own article about them?


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Post 4

paulh, hiding under my bed

I don't think I have.

The Dodo probably has gotten a bad rap. I doubt that it was doing anything so wrong that its extinction was deserved. probably it was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


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Post 5

Willem

Well, if you have some time … it's a pretty long article but I think there's some thought-provoking stuff in there:

https://www.h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/brunel/A74255510


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Post 6

paulh, hiding under my bed

"Unable to find your page."


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Post 7

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Try this: A74255510


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Post 8

Willem

That should work thanks Dmitri!


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Post 9

Minorvogonpoet

Your article on the dodo is both interesting and eloquent. smiley - smiley


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Post 10

paulh, hiding under my bed

Yes, that's excellent.smiley - ok

Three islands, three flightless bird species.

I recall that birds in Hawaii nested on the ground because there were no predators -- until Man brought in some mongoosees. smiley - sadface


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Post 11

Willem

Thanks Minorvogonpoet and Paulh!

Yes Paulh… actually it's a similar story for many, many islands all over the world. I'll tell more perhaps in a special colours of wildlife article ...


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Post 12

paulh, hiding under my bed

I'd appreciate seeing that.smiley - ok

The mongoose was considered a solution to the vermin problem in Hawaii. What people forgot about, though, was that mongooses are diurnal, while rats and mice are nocturnal. The ground-nesting birds were sitting ducks (or Ne-Ne's) for them smiley - headhurts.

Sitting Duck Casino is in the Simpsons' Margefornia.

There's also an qactul duck by that name
http://imgur.com/gallery/bCTjJ

Here's a link to a Chief Sitting DFuck, but I can't tell if it's fiction or fact
http://books.google.com/books?id=5RLNCQAAQBAJ&pg=PT310&lpg=PT310&dq=%22sitting+duck%22+indian&source=bl&ots=6xYgap7SQB&sig=ACfU3U1ECsfaZonoyqaRpTekp4g-UaJ71w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiajZqrobboAhXtg3IEHT_bATAQ6AEwF3oECAwQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22sitting%20duck%22%20indian&f=false


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Post 13

paulh, hiding under my bed

["qactul" sounds like a deliberate pun on "actual," but it was a typo, and so not intended.


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