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mystery animal

Postby Yorkshire Kris » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:39 pm

Any idea what this animal is/was?
It's in the woods near Otley?
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Chez » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:00 pm

I can't make much out on my laptop. Does it look like a big bird? The only bird I know which long legs and neck is the Rhea. Its flightless so will not have flown up there. Can I see long toes to the top left of the photo? Rhea have thick toes, a bit more like pigs feet (can't remember technical name) as opposed to the thin toes of wild birds or chickens.

What does it look like Kris?
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Yorkshire Kris » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:08 pm

Chez wrote:I can't make much out on my laptop. Does it look like a big bird? The only bird I know which long legs and neck is the Rhea. Its flightless so will not have flown up there. Can I see long toes to the top left of the photo? Rhea have thick toes, a bit more like pigs feet (can't remember technical name) as opposed to the thin toes of wild birds or chickens.

What does it look like Kris?


I really don't know what it is, I'm really puzzled. Possibly a pheasant?
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Re: mystery animal

Postby kata » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:29 pm

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Re: mystery animal

Postby tatter » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:22 pm

perhaps a crane of some kind .But my guess would be a Heron
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Re: mystery animal

Postby otorongo » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:51 am

Looks like a banana flower.
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Tom2006 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:28 am

It doesn't have the bill of a heron or crane to my eyes anyway but it's hard to tell. How long would you estimate it was Base to bill? I doubt it would have died there so maybe someone dumped it?
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Conifers » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:43 pm

Pheasant. Presumably an unretrieved casualty of the local shoot :evil:

If significantly larger than I think, then probably a dumped Turkey carcass.
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Springy » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:47 pm

I'm not sure what it is but I am sure that it's as dead as a Dodo! :P

The beak doesn't seem to match the body in my eyes. Canada goose for the head and heron for the body! icon_scratch

Having looked again, I think Conifers is right! icon_thumleft
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Yorkshire Kris » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:11 pm

This photo was taken by a friend yesterday. Apparently there were a couple of dead birds like this and a mole stuck to a fence. A shot pheasant makes sense I guess.
Such a shame if it is a shot bird.
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Blairs » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:29 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:This photo was taken by a friend yesterday. Apparently there were a couple of dead birds like this and a mole stuck to a fence. A shot pheasant makes sense I guess.
Such a shame if it is a shot bird.


The long neck and apparent size looks nothing like a Pheasant though.
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Springy » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:27 pm

Bit of a long shot but could it be a peacock? A female one that is, as there seems to be no long tail feathers of a male.
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Re: mystery animal

Postby Blairs » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:15 pm

Springy wrote:Bit of a long shot but could it be a peacock?


Yes! A quick google of peacock skeleton and the neck looks very similar and nothing like nothing in native birds.
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