bird hitching a ride, could it be real?

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« on: 20/11/2009 02:38:34 »


real or not??
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If there’s a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #1 on: 20/11/2009 14:09:18 »
It appears to be real.  The link below shows a couple of additional photos:

http://www.sawse.com/2008/06/18/blackbirds-hitching-a-ride-on-hawks-back/
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #2 on: 21/11/2009 00:10:50 »
theres some debate on that website as to whether or not its real.... well i know that smaller animals will 'travel' upon a larger one, eg some species of fish but its usually for a food source (eg eating off/cleaning of bigger fish).. not sure ive ever heard of truly just hitching a ride, which appears to be what this dude is doing! Seems strange.... lazy bird? [;)]  [:-\]
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« Reply #3 on: 24/11/2009 06:08:54 »
Who says he's hitching?
Maybe he's just "surfing the bird"

I think the little bird can never reach the same altitudes than that bird of prey, so maybe he's just a thrill seeker, hooked on "birdrenaline"
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« Reply #4 on: 25/11/2009 02:22:38 »
I've seen this picture before somewhere.

I'm not sure, but I think that the black birds were trying to harrass the bigger bird, because it was threatening their young.

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« Reply #5 on: 25/11/2009 03:00:43 »
so maybe he's just a thrill seeker, hooked on "birdrenaline"

Surely "ad-wren-aline"  [:I]


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« Reply #6 on: 25/11/2009 04:06:20 »
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I think that the black birds were trying to harrass the bigger bird, because it was threatening their young

Yeah its in the link that LeeE posted above, seems to have a copyright on that version of it.... (i got it by chain email) so maybe belongs to them? Harassing a threat seems a legitimate reason but the birds wings are folded in, so fully landed, i think harassing would be more of a quick swoop in no? why fold wings?
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If there’s a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #7 on: 25/11/2009 04:17:19 »
Well, it's not such a bad place to stand, it makes the bird you're mobbing work harder just to carry you, and it can't get you with it's claws so it's safer, meanwhile you've got your claws in its back...

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« Reply #8 on: 25/11/2009 13:45:16 »
How is it holding on? given that the muscles in a birds foot automatcally contract to clasp onto something under pressure, but big birds back is flat or at least soft with feathers so i dont see that would be possible?... Does anyone think that is a legitimate argument? Im ruling it out as a fake unless anyone can give a better explanation!  [:P]

Birds can walk on flat ground.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!