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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Fri May 25, 2018 12:16 pm

Yeah, Frank. They all know they are always at risk of a collapse and they choose to stay over trees on purpose.
Hang glider pilots never do this. Paragliding and BASE-jumping are the most dangerous forms of parachuting.
It's far different than hang gliding. Paragliding should not be associated with our sport.

PG fatality #1582 -- Ben Letham, 26, from Scotland
April 22, 2017        Queenstown gondola, Bob's Peak, Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND
    Ben Letham was a commercial tandem operator for GForce Paragliding, performing aerobatics recreationally. As his girlfriend watched, he attempted a tumble, fell into his sail and got tangled up, then plummeted for five seconds and impacted on his back on a building of the Queenstown Primary School where vendors were setting up for the Night Noodle Market.
    "He began flipping over and over again, seemingly out of control," said a witness. "Then his parachute just folded and he plummeted to the ground."
    In November of 2012, Letham had crashed off Bob's Peak where he was freed from a tree about 60 meters above the ground. "Paragliders often circle over the heavily forested Bob's Peak," wrote the New Zealand Herald. "The rationale for flying over the [nature] reserve is a crash will be cushioned by trees."
-- R. Masters, manuscript
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Mon May 28, 2018 7:02 am

May 27, 2018
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Taxidermists arrive at the nesting crater of an Ozone Warbler.
After plucking and stuffing, a search is conducted for an egg.
Unfortunately, no egg was found.
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Mon May 28, 2018 12:59 pm

May 28, 2018
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Deep in a thick forest, an Ozone Warbler's lonely cries echo weakly through the foilage.
"Hallop! Hallop!"
Soon a mate may come... but the skies remain empty.
The calls grow weakerstill, then finally the creature falls silent.
"Yeah, we thought about going back in there," says a taxidermist, lowering his binoculars. "But we can't get our ladder through all that brush."
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Wed May 30, 2018 1:06 pm

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Moments before capture, an uncomprehending Ozone Warbler gazes at an approaching taxidermist.
"It had just emerged from its nesting crater when I saw it," said the taxidermist, proudly. "It was then that I knew I had to pluck it and stuff it."
Unfortunately, no egg was found.
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:29 pm

May 26, 2018
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High on the shoulder of a rocky mountain, taxidermists begin to pluck and stuff an Ozone Warbler as others search for an egg below the nest.
Unfortunately, no egg was found.
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:53 am

June 15, 2018
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"Ya know, we're tryin' to get ready for ski season and we got all these danged Ozone Warblers nesting up here," says an exhausted ski lift maintenance worker. "I wish they'd nest in trees like other birds."

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Although angry skiers awaiting snow pelted the nesting pair with rocks to drive them away, the creatures were too distracted by mating to pay much attention to the scene below. only pausing occasionally in their activity to utter satisfied cries of "Hallop! Hallop!"

"My children are watching this disgusting behavior!" complained one woman.

"Hopefully, an egg will result," said a professor from the university as he keenly observed the endangered species.

Unfortunately, no egg was found.
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:32 am



In this rare video footage, taxidermists are shown responding to reports of an Ozone Warbler spotted in a nesting crater on a nearby mountainside.
Upon arriving at the scene, one taxidermist says, "I can't wait to pluck it!"
"I can't wait to stuff it," says the other.
Unfortunately, no egg was found.
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:27 am

June 21, 2018
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High on the side of a lonely mountain, an Ozone Warbler's mating calls echo through the dense forest.
    "Hallop! Hallop!" it cries, forlornly.
    Soon, it hopes, a mate will come.
    And then, perhaps, an egg.
    Unfortunately, no egg was found.
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:35 am

June 10, 2018
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After building its nest, an Ozone Warbler searches for tastey grubs in the bark of a tree.
Occasionally it utters a cry of "Hallop! Hallop!" in hopes that a mate will come.
And then, perhaps, an egg!
"Ozone Warblers can live for weeks foraging for insects below their nests," says a professor from the university, sagely.
Unfortunately, no egg was found.
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Re: Nesting behavior of the Ozone Warbler

Postby Frank Colver » Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:33 pm

Once the Ozone Warbler has committed to making a nest, it is very important as to where it chooses to do so. Those who choose a tree, in the forest, often experience great difficulty but many survive to nest again. However, those who choose to nest on the hard plain or the rocky mountain side often experience great injury or death and may never nest again. :cry:

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