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Poland wildlife and similar wild life where you live.


wildrover 98 | 4,451
10 Jun 2009 #91
HA..i am happy to report that this evening i actually saw a badger for the first time in Poland... One of the things i brought back from the UK in my fully loaded Jeep was a new mountain bike , so tonight i went for my first ride on it... I rode ten miles along a tarmac cycle track that is near my home , it used to be a rail line , and runs through lovely countryside to the town of Polczyn zdroj...

These cycle tracks are great for spotting wildlife , seems a cycle makes less noise than a person walking , so you can get pretty near to animals before they leg it....

On my ten mile cycle i saw four rabbits , a deer , a large eagle that scared the hell out of me when it launched itself off a branch just over my head , and as dusk fell i came up behind a badger cantering along the track ahead of me , when i got close he turned off into the long grass , but i did get pretty close....

So if you want to see the wildlife , leave the car at home , and get on yer bike.... I feel strangely healthy too for some reason...?
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
14 Jun 2009 #92
When i was a kid in Ireland i used to catch pinkeens (spelling?), Little fish, they were kind of pink and very small.
Just a fond memory.

Here are some small fish in Poland that look kind of link pinkeens (except the colour). What are they? Are they baby fish?.









wildrover 98 | 4,451
14 Jun 2009 #93
Perhaps the ones you caught as a kid were sticklebacks , they are a bit pinkish.....I think the ones in your pictures are minows , but i am not much of an expert on fish . other than the kind you eat with chips on Scarborough seafront...
stumbellina
15 Jun 2009 #94
Those photos are SO beautiful!! Where are those places? Can you give more details to the location? I live in Berlin and I want to go!!
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
15 Jun 2009 #95
Those photos are SO beautiful!! Where are those places?

Which photos?.
The last four there, were taken yesterday in Myslenice and Pcim, just south of Krakow on the way to Zakopane.
The rest of the photos are taken from all over Poland.

I just saw a

Weasel
gumishu 11 | 5,331
25 Jun 2009 #96
weasels are cute - a friend of mine once found a little weasel and took it home - his mom would feed it with milk - I think they have released it afterwards but I can't really remember - and yes they are very slim - guess they can dig into mouse holes with little trouble
wildrover 98 | 4,451
25 Jun 2009 #97
Weasels , stoats , and Minks all look pretty similar , don,t know how you tell the difference , other than minks are usually black....i think..?
lukaszk
25 Jun 2009 #98
Tose fish are probably minnows (Phoxinus phoxinus) - strzebla in Polish.
//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_minnow

They are to be found in most moutanious streams togedher with trout and grayling. They are also living in cold streams of northern lakealands (in those where trout can be found).

They are small fish all their life long and trout feed on them.

Regards

£ukasz
gumishu 11 | 5,331
28 Jun 2009 #99
Weasels , stoats , and Minks all look pretty similar , don,t know how you tell the difference , other than minks are usually black....i think..?

weasels are very slim and significantly smaller than stoats and minks
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
28 Jun 2009 #100
Weasels , stoats , and Minks all look pretty similar , don,t know how you tell the difference , other than minks are usually black....i think..?

It was easy, I saw the guy and googled it and he looked exactly like the photo from Wiki I posted :)

They are to be found in most moutanious streams togedher with trout and grayling.

Yes, maybe, many people here fish for trout.
Thanks for the info

weasels are very slim and significantly smaller than stoats and minks

Yes, I have seen a white mink in a cage in Ireland, very beautiful and very angry because of the cage.

In the English language a "weasel" is something negative to call someone.
I have no idea why but it means a sneaky person who lies an cheats.
away guy 10 | 343
28 Jun 2009 #101
I love hunting and fishing .... but im against hunting of certain animals ...
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
29 Jun 2009 #102
Which ones and why?.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
29 Jun 2009 #103
I was brought up in a hunting family. By the age of 6 i knew what the insides of most animals looked like, i also had a basic understanding exactly where my meat came from, how it was looked after ect. I DO think that makes a big impact on what i buy today. I was always taught by a local game keeper that you only hunt for animals you can be certain of will not make it through the harsh Scottish winters or will have a bad effect on the local environment. And even then it should only be down to the gamekeeper to decide how to run his land and livestock. In Scotland we have a big deer problem, which can be controlled by many means, but selective hunting is probably the best form. A stalker is not allowed to shot anything in site, he must only choose what the gamekeeper see's fit. This is what hunting should be about. But unfortunately it isnt always the case :/
krysia 23 | 3,057
29 Jun 2009 #104
I love hunting and fishing .... but im against hunting of certain animals ...

Why should some animals be killed because you don't like them and others not because you do like them? Why kill animals? What did they do to you? They want to live like everyone else.

If you want to hunt animals so badly, go hunt some woodticks and mosquitos. Nobody would miss them. :)
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
30 Jul 2009 #105
Okay this is a beetle I saw today.
I want to get better at taking shots of wildlife.
Anyone know anything about this beetle or similar beetles?.









wildrover 98 | 4,451
30 Jul 2009 #106
Its quite similar to a dung beetle , but not quite round enough........Any beetle experts here....?
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
30 Jul 2009 #107
Any beetle experts here....?

"Beetles, under the class known as Coleoptera, are believed to make up at least quarter of the animal kingdom. Beetles are the largest group of animals, representing one fifth of all known living organisms and one fourth of all animals. Almost half of all living beetles are known as weevils under the family known as Curculionidae. It is believed that the number of species of beetles range from approximately 250,000 to 350,000."

From here: hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/KeithSingh.shtml
I think an expert might have trouble too.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
30 Jul 2009 #108
I wonder if the pumas are still roaming the forests. Were they eventually tracked down?
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
31 Jul 2009 #109
I read somewhere that it was a large cat. I am serious. I don't know how reliable that was, but it was in one of the major Polish newspapers.
gumishu 11 | 5,331
31 Jul 2009 #110
Its quite similar to a dung beetle , but not quite round enough........Any beetle experts here....?

no way a dung beetle - must a member of Cerambycidae or Carabidae
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
31 Jul 2009 #111
Cerambycidae

Longhorn beetle (wiki)

The longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae; also known as long-horned beetles or, more archaically, longicorns) are a cosmopolitan family of beetles, typically characterized byextremely long antennae, which are often as long as or longer than the beetle's body.

Maybe not.

Carabidae

Ground beetle

This is a large family, with more than 40,000 species worldwide, approximately 2,000 of which are found in North America and 2,700 in Europe.[1]

Could very well be, it had wings but did not use them. It was black and on the ground not near much water and no huge amounts of big dung around.

constituting about 25% of all known life-forms.[1] 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species[1]),

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetle

So getting it down from 350,000 different species to only 2,700 is pretty good.
I had no idea beetles rule the world, what a human I am.

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Beetle in Polish is Żuk.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
31 Jul 2009 #112
Beetle in Polish is Żuk.

Oh don,t get me going on that one....... first time i saw a Zuk truck i was sure the first letter of its name was an F.....even when i looked closer , it still looked like an F......so from that moment on this vehicle was known as a fuk truck......
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
20 Aug 2009 #113
Tettigoniidae or better known as crickets (wiki) to you and me.

Tettigoniids may be distinguished from grasshoppers by the length of their filamentous antennae, which may exceed their own body length, while grasshoppers' antennae are always relatively short and thickened.

The males provide a nuptial gift for the females in the form of a spermatophylax, a body attached to the males' spermatophore which is consumed by the female. The function of the spermatophylax is to increase the attachment time of the males' spermatophoreand thereby increase his paternity. [1]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tettigoniidae
:)

Cricket in Polish is swierszcz.

Grasshopper directly translates to "field horse" konik polny :)









McCoy 27 | 1,275
20 Aug 2009 #114
"field horse"

or field pony, konik means a little horse
Sasha 2 | 1,083
20 Aug 2009 #115
Anyone know anything about this beetle or similar beetles?.

I think it's either "zhuk-olen" (deer-beetle - Rus), Lucanus cervus or "chlebny zhuk" (bread beetle - Rus) Anisoplia austriaca. Were there any grains close to the place?
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
22 Aug 2009 #116
Were there any grains close to the place?

Not really no, it was in the middle of a forest in the Chełm mountain in Myslenice, south of Krakow.
There wasn't a field around for kilometres.
gumishu 11 | 5,331
28 Aug 2009 #117
I wonder if the pumas are still roaming the forests. Were they eventually tracked down?

I have heard a report that some animal took two rabbits from a farm near Branice on Polish-Czech border in Opole region recently - I am not sure it has been observed though
Seanus 15 | 19,706
13 Sep 2009 #118
Has there been a final word on this topic?
gumishu 11 | 5,331
18 Sep 2009 #119
ii have recently read that there had been three pumas and that they have been secretly shot - there were fugitives from illegal Czech breeder's
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808
1 Nov 2009 #120
I finally got a photo of a deer, she was good enough to pose for me.
I see quite a lot of deer here but this is the first time I have managed to take a photo.
Can anyone tell me what type of deer it is?











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