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tanemera

Hoopoe Bird
« on: December 11, 2006 »
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  • I seem to remember that there was some discussion back in September about the bird that flies around at dusk in Los Gigantes making a strange, squeaky, sound - a bit like "that's the way to do it".  I have been  informed (by a usually reliable source) that this is, in fact, the "hoopoe" bird and that it is similar in appearance (but not related to) the woodpecker.  It has a crested head and the male and female look very similar.  I was shown a cutting from a 2002 issue of the Wetern Sun confirming this and, yes (for the benefit of all you cynics), it was not dated 1 April but some time in March.  Anyone have any other information?

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #1 on: December 11, 2006 »
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  • I know Iquote m sad Juan, but when Iquote m not logged on to Losgigantes dot com, Iquote m usually on my all time favourite website Islamonline dot net.  Funnily enough I was only reading their fascinating article about the Hoopoe bird, just the other night.

    http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1157365865758&pagename=Zone-English-HealthScience%2FHSELayout

    (No chance of being accused of trying to get free advertising through this one Gigi)

    I doubt very much whether the Hoopoe could be the bird which is commonly heard  around Los Gigantes at night because the Hoopoe is diurnal (active during daylight) and the sound the Hoopoe makes is different from the distinctive clicking sound of the Shearwater.


    RoyL

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    « Reply #2 on: December 12, 2006 »
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  • Falstaff - I thought the Hoopoe bird was the one that flew in ever decreasing circles until the inevitable happened?  ;)

    Hibisco Lass

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    « Reply #3 on: December 12, 2006 »
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  • Falstaff, an entirely different subject - just a big thank you for contacting me with contact details of the apartments in Arena - did the trick!  Thanks again.

    alovebreed

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    « Reply #4 on: December 12, 2006 »
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  • Back to the subject of the night birds jaun whoever told you this is of there troley . What you here at nights are fruit bats everyone knows that.

    Furlongs

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    « Reply #5 on: December 12, 2006 »
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  • Hello Juan.  Re Bird query.  Having heard and seen the birds whilst on holiday this year I am sure that they are a variety of 'Shearwater'  Probably ,Cory'

    Regards,

    Furlongs

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #6 on: December 12, 2006 »
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  • Alovebreed may have a point about the  fruit bats. I will consult Islamonline dot net and get back to you.

    tanemera

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    « Reply #7 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Now this really is interesting!  I read about the Hoopoe in the Western Sun (NOT April 1 edition!) when a bird expert showed me the article and assured me that this was the bird that flies around LG in the evening with a bouncy flight singing "that's the way to do it" in a squeaky voice.  Falstaff's Islam website picture looks just like the one in the article I read in the WS and my friend assures me he has seen one by his swimming pool.

    Having said this, I was previously sure that the bird in question was a bat of some sort because they fly just like the bats in my garden back in the UK and appear to be scooping up insects.  So, until I hear to the contrary, I now agree with you guys - it's a fruit bat! Whether or not Hoopoes CAN be seen in LG is another matter.  Thanks for your responses.  That Islam web site article was very interesting, thanks Falstaff, and I will show this to my friend in January.

    tanemera

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    « Reply #8 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Back to the subject of the night birds jaun whoever told you this is of there troley . What you here at nights are fruit bats everyone knows that.

    Sorry, but not everyone knows that!  I don't and neither to many others I have spoken to.  Hence my question! By the way, I am sure my friend is well attached to his "troley". (Actually he has a "trolley" and "there" should be "their", or rather "his", to be pedantic).

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #9 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Well Juan, for once Islamonline has let me down badly. However,  Iquote ve done a little research on the fruit bat theory.

    They are not native to the Canary Islands, but there are many fruit bats on the African west coast and some fruit bats love bananas.

    There is a species called the Egyptian Fruit Bat. Its signals are audible to the human ear as harsh cracking sounds. Egyptian fruit bats are unique in that they roost primarily in caves rather in tall trees.  They use their echo location only when orientation by means of vision is not possible, such as on very dark nights.

    Lorro Park has been accused of releasing Egyptian bats (not sure if they are fruit bats though) on Tenerife and causing damage to local species. Egyptian bats have been found in both North and South Tenerife. The Tenerife government is going to spend (or has spent) 120,000 Euros to eradicate the Egyptian Bat.

    The Hoopoe is found on Tenerife.

    Hoopoe, Shearwater or Bat?  Take your pick of one Juan.

    blue

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    « Reply #10 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • [Sorry, but not everyone knows that!  I don't and neither to many others I have spoken to.  Hence my question! By the way, I am sure my friend is well attached to his "troley". (Actually he has a "trolley" and "there" should be "their", or rather "his", to be pedantic).
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    Here we go again,what a load of stuck up sods you are.
    Watch you're back with you're spelling folks we have a perfectionist in our midst.

    tanemera

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    « Reply #11 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • [Sorry, but not everyone knows that!  I don't and neither to many others I have spoken to.  Hence my question! By the way, I am sure my friend is well attached to his "troley". (Actually he has a "trolley" and "there" should be "their", or rather "his", to be pedantic).
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    Here we go again,what a load of stuck up sods you are.
    Watch you're back with you're spelling folks we have a perfectionist in our midst.

    No, not a perfectionist, I just don't like my friends being accused of being "off their trolleys" when I raise a perfectly sensible topic! Also, if you think we are all "stuck up sods", perhaps you should find another website to read.

    poolepirate

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    « Reply #12 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Back on topic.

    The bird is a Cory's Shearwater-for sure. There has been a previous topic on the this subject and the sound bite that was listed proved without a shadow of a doubt that the Cory's Shearwater is the bird in question.

    Try this link:  http://selvagens.seawatching.net/calls/Cal_dio_bor2_NH.mp3

    The evidence of this, I think, will be conclusive.






    blue

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    « Reply #13 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Here we go again,what a load of stuck up sods you are.
    Watch you're back with you're spelling folks we have a perfectionist in our midst.
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    No, not a perfectionist, I just don't like my friends being accused of being "off their trolleys" when I raise a perfectly sensible topic! Also, if you think we are all "stuck up sods", perhaps you should find another website to read.
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    I would assume alove breed doesn't even know your freinds juan so therefore I would then assume it was  not a personal attack,so stop spitting the dummy.
    On this forum there has been the spelling issue for so long & people are tired of it.Somehow, we all managed to move on so, now I am assuming that you havn't.
    As for moving to another site GET STUFFED would be the answer of the perfectionist.
    You are something else.

    el observador

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    « Reply #14 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Don't know anything about the birds / bats, sorry.

    blue, calm down matey - perhaps I need to buy you a nice Dorada ?

    We all do make occasional spelling mistakes and it is not a huge problem.

    I would like to see a hoopoe some day !

    TTFN

    el obs

    tanemera

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    « Reply #15 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Back on topic.

    The bird is a Cory's Shearwater-for sure. There has been a previous topic on the this subject and the sound bite that was listed proved without a shadow of a doubt that the Cory's Shearwater is the bird in question.

    Try this link:  http://selvagens.seawatching.net/calls/Cal_dio_bor2_NH.mp3

    The evidence of this, I think, will be conclusive.

    It certainly sounds right.  I knew there was a previous discussion but couldn't trace it.  Thanks for your input.






    tanemera

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    « Reply #16 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Back on topic.

    The bird is a Cory's Shearwater-for sure. There has been a previous topic on the this subject and the sound bite that was listed proved without a shadow of a doubt that the Cory's Shearwater is the bird in question.

    Try this link:  http://selvagens.seawatching.net/calls/Cal_dio_bor2_NH.mp3

    The evidence of this, I think, will be conclusive.









    Sorry, put my reply in the wrong place.

    It certainly sounds right.  I knew there was a previous discussion but couldn't trace it.  Thanks for your input.

    tanemera

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    « Reply #17 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • Here we go again,what a load of stuck up sods you are.
    Watch you're back with you're spelling folks we have a perfectionist in our midst.
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    No, not a perfectionist, I just don't like my friends being accused of being "off their trolleys" when I raise a perfectly sensible topic! Also, if you think we are all "stuck up sods", perhaps you should find another website to read.
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    I would assume alove breed doesn't even know your freinds juan so therefore I would then assume it was  not a personal attack,so stop spitting the dummy.
    On this forum there has been the spelling issue for so long & people are tired of it.Somehow, we all managed to move on so, now I am assuming that you havn't.
    As for moving to another site GET STUFFED would be the answer of the perfectionist.
    You are something else.

    I can't be a perfectionist, because if I was I would be perfect so couldn't be a "stuck up sod".

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #18 on: December 14, 2006 »
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  • I recall that a wrestling match between Malcolm Muggeridge and the Archbishop of Canterbury was once used to decide whether God existed or not (as I recall he did exist by two falls to one). Perhaps such a contest could be organised in the square to decide conclusively the origin of the mysterious noises in the sky above Los Gigantes. What do say Juan (in the Hoopoe corner) and Alovebreed (in the Bat Corner).

    alovebreed

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    « Reply #19 on: December 15, 2006 »
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  • sounds nothing like it pirate. As to the wrestling no problem by me.

    tanemera

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    « Reply #20 on: December 15, 2006 »
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  • At first I was convinced it was a Hoopoe.  Then I was persuaded it's an Egyptian Fruit Bat.  Now I'm sure its a Cory's Shearwater, after asking a local (UK) "twitcher's" opinion today.  He thinks it's the Cory's Shearwater which apparently likes to live in caves by the sea (e.g. LG's cliffs) - a bit like me in fact.

    So, Falstaff, now it's a 3-way match.  I'll take the Shearwater corner, Alovebreed can have the Bat corner, Falstaff can referee and, if it's a draw, the Hoopoe wins.  Can't say fairer than that, unless Falstaff wants to take on the winner!

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #21 on: December 15, 2006 »
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  • No fear of that Juan, Alovebreed  (being a tag team) would win hands down and I couldnquote t referee because I lquote m not familiar with wrestling rules. However, having lived most of my life in Wales, I am an expert in the ancient Welsh marshal art of Llap Goch  which could be used to decide the issue.

    http://www.llapgoch.org.uk/

    But letquote s not be too hasty Juan, Roy is arriving in LG today and we should wait for him  to examine the bat/bird guano samples.

    http://www.dirtworks.net/Bat-Guano-Organic-Fertilizer.html?gclid=CMeF05aClYkCFQKCEAodRm4Z3g

    Sorry Gigi, hope I havenquote t broken the advertising rules again.

    cowyed

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    « Reply #22 on: December 15, 2006 »
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  • Having supplied the details re the Shearwater in Sept I have now found out that this info is wrong. Due to the falling numbers of visitors to Tenerife , the tourist board thought that if Scotland could get more visitors thro the Ness monster story then Tenerife could make their own fictional character up. Hence the croaking nocturnal bird located in L.G. This can be seen and heard each night especially after a visit to a local hostelry when they appear very clearly.

    kirktonlass

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    « Reply #23 on: December 16, 2006 »
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  • I can't help with the noises around LG - but when we were in Tenerife in June we were in Los Cristianos for the day and we saw a hoopoe bird there.   We didn't know what it was and asked someone in the crowd round it who told us it was a hoopoe - and we looked it up on the internet when we came home and it definitely WAS a hoopoe.   I don't know what sound it made as maybe it was a bit shy with so many people around it!! ;D ;D

    alovebreed

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    « Reply #24 on: December 16, 2006 »
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  • I stand corected the name of the bird is the bullshit  bird and not a bat .