Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Dream Weaver - REO Speedwagon

With nothing of significance to report on the Blog today, unless you include a lunchtime pint with Ted King & Vera Powell at The Swan, I'll get straight on to one I made earlier!

The following 2 photographs were taken in a private garden in Portland in early July this year. A strange occurrence, to say the least, but no one has any delusions about it being a wild bird, it has obvious escaped from somewhere. This is the second 'Weaver' to have been seen on Portland (see below) but regardless of provenance a beautiful bird to see.

Village Weaver - Portland, Dorset published by kind permission of the finder/photographer.

Same bird, different angle.

This Village Weaver was photographed in The Gambia where, along with most other African countries, it is common, and is a popular cage-bird.

Cape Weaver - of Southern Africa taken near Cape Town.

Southern Masked Weaver - common throughout Southern Africa, this photograph was taken in Botswana.

Vitteline Masked Weaver - widespread throughout much of Africa, and a popular cage-bird. This individual was seen in the Portland Bird Observatory Garden - Martin Cade.

Baya Weaver - Swaziland

Streaked Weaver - United Arab Emirates - Martin Cade

Lesser Weaver (tee hee its not a bird)

The family Ploceidae, or Weavers, are small passerine birds related to the Finches. Seed-eating with rounded conical bills, most of which breed in sub-Saharan Africa, with fewer species in tropical Asia and also in Australia. The Weaver group is divided into the Buffalo, Sparrow, Typical and Widow Weavers. The males of many species are brightly coloured, usually in red or yellow and black, and are often alone in construction of their 'woven' grass nests from which the name was derived. On the subject of nests, each species weaves a separately identifiably shaped nest which can aid the identification of the bird.

One of the best days we've had so far as 'readership' is concerned, thanks for all your support.

Country | State/Region | City | ISP

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drill down1674.46%EstoniaEstonia
drill down1062.83%NetherlandsNetherlands
drill down721.92%United StatesUnited States
drill down501.34%CanadaCanada
drill down300.80%RomaniaRomania
drill down240.64%

drill down240.64%AustraliaAustralia
drill down230.61%JapanJapan
drill down120.32%ArgentinaArgentina
drill down110.29%SpainSpain
drill down80.21%DenmarkDenmark
drill down60.16%New ZealandNew Zealand
drill down50.13%ColombiaColombia
drill down50.13%VenezuelaVenezuela
drill down50.13%IrelandIreland
drill down50.13%BrazilBrazil
drill down40.11%NorwayNorway
drill down40.11%BelgiumBelgium
drill down40.11%IndiaIndia
drill down30.08%GermanyGermany
drill down30.08%FranceFrance
drill down20.05%Moldova, Republic OfMoldova,    Republic Of
drill down20.05%United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab    Emirates
drill down20.05%PortugalPortugal
drill down20.05%VietnamVietnam
drill down20.05%FinlandFinland
drill down20.05%Russian FederationRussian    Federation
drill down10.03%CroatiaCroatia
drill down10.03%MexicoMexico
drill down10.03%ThailandThailand
drill down10.03%PolandPoland
drill down10.03%CyprusCyprus
drill down10.03%EcuadorEcuador
drill down10.03%ItalyItaly
drill down10.03%SingaporeSingapore
drill down10.03%EuropeEurope
drill down10.03%Czech RepublicCzech Republic
drill down10.03%Asia/pacific RegionAsia/pacific    Region
drill down10.03%Bosnia And HerzegovinaBosnia And    Herzegovina
drill down10.03%TurkeyTurkey
drill down10.03%Costa RicaCosta Rica
drill down10.03%TaiwanTaiwan
drill down10.03%ParaguayParaguay
drill down10.03%IndonesiaIndonesia
drill down10.03%SwedenSweden
drill down10.03%PakistanPakistan
drill down10.03%BelarusBelarus
drill down10.03%PhilippinesPhilippines

and finally, on my way home today I received an invitation to attend the ceremony of 'Splice the Mainbrace' at the Corner House, Straights, Portland on Saturday 31st July 2010. There was nothing in the Royal Navy that was surrounded by so much attention to detail and formality than the daily 'rum ration'. I have often promised myself that I would one day write down the full traditions of what ceased to exist on 16th June 1970, the reason I tell people for my leaving the Navy? More will be reveled closer to the time.

D'ya Hear There!

Let it be known by this proclamation that all Seafarers, members and ex-members of Her Britannic Majesty’s Royal Navy including members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Naval Reserve, Women’s Royal Naval Service, and other diverse organisations, together with members and ex-members of the other Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion, and the Royal Naval Association, and also any other interested civilians who may wish to attend, take part in, and imbibe of the ancient and revered occasion of Splice the Mainbrace which will be ceremoniously conducted together with various historical lectures and competitions in aid of the local Royal National Lifeboat Institute on Saturday 31st July 2010 at 14.30 or 5 bells of the afternoon watch at The Corner House Inn, in The Straits on Portland, to mark the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the stopping of the daily issue of 1/8 of an Imperial pint of Rum to the Royal Navy.

Precedence will be given to the more senior attendees who drew a daily tot during their Naval career. Most especially welcome are holders of crossing the line and/or blue nose certificates, three-badgemen, ratings whose Service Certificates have no corner, anyone who has, or has had, a blue station card, members of the Fleet Air Arm whether or not their front line time has included a Warship, members of the Submarine Service as long as they are in date for a proper (ie non-birdbath) dhobi, Royal Marines, no matter which instrument they play, Blazer owning Field Gunners, with or without all appendages, Regulars and Irregulars of the Corner House Inn, Gentlemen (or Ladies) with more than 12 tattoos which are spelt correctly, Uckers (Ludo Navy Rules) Grand Masters, Scurry faced B*****ds, and in fact pretty much anybody.

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