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  • 17 May 2016
    A friend and I went for a walk in the early hours last Saturday around the Magic Hedge and the Montrose Dunes. We weren't early enough to catch the Short-eared Owl that was seen earlier that day but the hedge was alive with Chickadees and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Even on this chilly and brief visit I managed another life bird, a small flock of Common Redpolls in the clearing. We ambled out to the end of the pier before returning carefully in the shadows behind the hedge hoping to find some secret shaded spot sheltering an owl. No such luck. We did however notice a young Red-tailed Hawk that had garnered the attention of a few photographers so we made our way to join the small group of onlookers. It relocated to another branch but miscalculated and came up a bit short resulting in this lovely awkward moment. Once it decided to leave it gave a few head bobs and allowed me to catch a moment I don't photograph very often, a Redtail in full crouch, spring-loading those legs with its wings just beginning to unfurl. Branches in the way meant tucking in the left wing until... finally clear of the obstructions the hawk flew right at us. It perched in a spot with a better view of the park and several more escape/hunting options. This raised the ire of a juvenile Cooper's Hawk who materialized out from those same shady areas we had just walked through and silently mobbed the oblivious young Redtail. The Coop eventually got fed up and tore off toward the south triggering a small wave of alarm calls from the bushes below as it departed. The Redtail soon left and made a half-hearted stoop on some foraging squirrels. Unlike the Cooper's Hawk though, it flew in a wide circle around the park looking for other opportunities. I heard a local photographer mention he had seen this young bird in the area for at least a week if not more. Perhaps we shall meet again.
    12951 Posted by Alina Borhrisch
  • A friend and I went for a walk in the early hours last Saturday around the Magic Hedge and the Montrose Dunes. We weren't early enough to catch the Short-eared Owl that was seen earlier that day but the hedge was alive with Chickadees and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Even on this chilly and brief visit I managed another life bird, a small flock of Common Redpolls in the clearing. We ambled out to the end of the pier before returning carefully in the shadows behind the hedge hoping to find some secret shaded spot sheltering an owl. No such luck. We did however notice a young Red-tailed Hawk that had garnered the attention of a few photographers so we made our way to join the small group of onlookers. It relocated to another branch but miscalculated and came up a bit short resulting in this lovely awkward moment. Once it decided to leave it gave a few head bobs and allowed me to catch a moment I don't photograph very often, a Redtail in full crouch, spring-loading those legs with its wings just beginning to unfurl. Branches in the way meant tucking in the left wing until... finally clear of the obstructions the hawk flew right at us. It perched in a spot with a better view of the park and several more escape/hunting options. This raised the ire of a juvenile Cooper's Hawk who materialized out from those same shady areas we had just walked through and silently mobbed the oblivious young Redtail. The Coop eventually got fed up and tore off toward the south triggering a small wave of alarm calls from the bushes below as it departed. The Redtail soon left and made a half-hearted stoop on some foraging squirrels. Unlike the Cooper's Hawk though, it flew in a wide circle around the park looking for other opportunities. I heard a local photographer mention he had seen this young bird in the area for at least a week if not more. Perhaps we shall meet again.
    May 17, 2016 12951
  • 01 Aug 2015
    so it's clear that Team Fortress is here to stay for a long, long time.TeraTera's BAM and boss fights bring interesting mechanics, making combat extremely fun and hard!Tera was pretty anticipated when it launched, and was initially a game you had to buy. It went free-to-play later on, and instead adopted a microtransaction option which allows for custom (and shiny) weapon or armor skins, and other commodity advantages, but nothing that influences gameplay. Thus, it's one of those MMORPG's that you can really enjoy without spending a single dime. It has a really, REALLY good combat system that's both complex and engaging. You have to time your skills, dodges and blocks, and the variety of tactics necessary for defeating bosses is big enough to keep you focused for a long time. It looks really good (especially if you're into the over-the-top or half-naked Asian artwork style), and plays well. PvP is also interesting, and provides for some tactical decision making. Definitely a game worth trying.SmiteSmite is your standard MOBA, with a more down-to-earth camera and increased mobility!Smite is a free-to-play MOBA that sets itself apart from League of Legends or Dota 2, through the simple fact that it plays like an MMORPG. You control your character in 3rd person, and move around like any such game. Other than that, it's pretty much the standard MOBA gameplay, with laning, 3 skills + an ultimate, and every other aspect you'd expect to see. Gaining heroes in Smite is tough if you don't want to spend money, but it's not impossible. It just takes time. Still, you get a couple right as you start, so you definitely have the tools to have fun. And fun Smite is! Other than buying heroes and bundles, skins and the like are also available.runescaperunescape has great visuals and an above average rs gold gameplay experience.runescape is also one of those MMORPG's that started off as a subscription-based game, and went free-to-play. The standard pay-for-comfort rules apply, but the core of the runescape game is accessible without compromise to non-paying runescape players. There's a lot to do, and runescapes are actually lots of fun. runescape manages to look good (if not exactly breathtakingly so), and the rivaling factions offer a good set-up for some PvP. Boss fights are pretty fun, and it does take some time to reach the end-game phase (especially when you're new), so runescape will probably keep you busy for a few months at least.World of WarplanesSome good old-fashioned pew pew in the sky!World of Warplanes is pretty much the same thing as World of Tanks, but with planes, obviously. The same free-to-play model is applied, and the runescape game manages to be fun and competitive.
    290 Posted by zhawjohn zhawjohn
  • so it's clear that Team Fortress is here to stay for a long, long time.TeraTera's BAM and boss fights bring interesting mechanics, making combat extremely fun and hard!Tera was pretty anticipated when it launched, and was initially a game you had to buy. It went free-to-play later on, and instead adopted a microtransaction option which allows for custom (and shiny) weapon or armor skins, and other commodity advantages, but nothing that influences gameplay. Thus, it's one of those MMORPG's that you can really enjoy without spending a single dime. It has a really, REALLY good combat system that's both complex and engaging. You have to time your skills, dodges and blocks, and the variety of tactics necessary for defeating bosses is big enough to keep you focused for a long time. It looks really good (especially if you're into the over-the-top or half-naked Asian artwork style), and plays well. PvP is also interesting, and provides for some tactical decision making. Definitely a game worth trying.SmiteSmite is your standard MOBA, with a more down-to-earth camera and increased mobility!Smite is a free-to-play MOBA that sets itself apart from League of Legends or Dota 2, through the simple fact that it plays like an MMORPG. You control your character in 3rd person, and move around like any such game. Other than that, it's pretty much the standard MOBA gameplay, with laning, 3 skills + an ultimate, and every other aspect you'd expect to see. Gaining heroes in Smite is tough if you don't want to spend money, but it's not impossible. It just takes time. Still, you get a couple right as you start, so you definitely have the tools to have fun. And fun Smite is! Other than buying heroes and bundles, skins and the like are also available.runescaperunescape has great visuals and an above average rs gold gameplay experience.runescape is also one of those MMORPG's that started off as a subscription-based game, and went free-to-play. The standard pay-for-comfort rules apply, but the core of the runescape game is accessible without compromise to non-paying runescape players. There's a lot to do, and runescapes are actually lots of fun. runescape manages to look good (if not exactly breathtakingly so), and the rivaling factions offer a good set-up for some PvP. Boss fights are pretty fun, and it does take some time to reach the end-game phase (especially when you're new), so runescape will probably keep you busy for a few months at least.World of WarplanesSome good old-fashioned pew pew in the sky!World of Warplanes is pretty much the same thing as World of Tanks, but with planes, obviously. The same free-to-play model is applied, and the runescape game manages to be fun and competitive.
    Aug 01, 2015 290
  • 22 Jul 2015
    Horse flooring industry was born, geothermal flooring brands Geothermal parkland performance wall molding industry on Chinese market, the brand is still a new industry much attention, consumer awareness for geothermal floor quite poor, and the laying of warm fashion raging hit, suggesting the development of the industry in the number of problems particularly in regard to warm the floor, facing the arrival of winter heating, geothermal flooring market is experiencing the quality of & ldquo; big test & rdquo ;. We know that geothermal floor ergonomic & ldquo; head cold feet warm & rdquo; physical needs, but also to heat the floor canceled the room heating pipes and radiators, more conducive to the layout and beautiful room, so in this way more and more people recognized and accepted. But how performance to warm the floor of security, service, maintenance how to ensure, how to choose the material, giving consumers a lot of doubts. ??? Geothermal floor of the consumer market still training, still need to strengthen and improve industry standards. Currently, consumers are marked geothermal floor dedicated product price is still the focus, but the concept to warm the floor of the chaotic present situation on the market giving consumers a lot of confusion, combined with air conditioning, warm regional restrictions and other factors has hindered the promotion to warm the floor, resulting in the industry's prospects confused. For this reason, to really choose good geothermal flooring brands, consumers should take full account of thermal cooling performance of the pvc fence and rail road ties, the stability of the material, moisture heat resistance, wear resistance and formaldehyde emission standards, etc., only to use these comprehensive standards in order to ensure a quality home life. The cohabitation of the current market, a shortage of qualified warm flooring brands, most so-called warm the floor heating system can not be applied, which gives the rapid development of China to warm the industry caused some impact. Geothermal flooring industry itself as an emerging industry, the traditional flooring industry in China will bring new opportunities for development, as a way to adjust the industrial structure and there are, but many traditional companies in order to successfully catch the warm car & ldquo; Express & rdquo; at the expense of manufacturing various concepts confuse consumers, even crudely, the non-compliance, no quality control on the floor to sell out, which not only give consumers a loss of property, but also to consumers when installing floor heating system to warm the floor & ldquo; King & rdquo; and far, preferring to choose tiles and other products; plus maintenance, safety, service and other long-standing problems are still shrouded in geothermal floor brand market, geothermal outside wall tiles south africa industry as a great potential for development of the industry, should be fully expansion type of development, but the industry's standardization work because there is no strict implementation delays of the current situation of confusion. Current geothermal flooring industry only play a guiding role in the industry standard, did not play the role of mandatory national standards, and therefore its standardized development pattern is still long way to go.
    254 Posted by qi zhen0926
  • Horse flooring industry was born, geothermal flooring brands Geothermal parkland performance wall molding industry on Chinese market, the brand is still a new industry much attention, consumer awareness for geothermal floor quite poor, and the laying of warm fashion raging hit, suggesting the development of the industry in the number of problems particularly in regard to warm the floor, facing the arrival of winter heating, geothermal flooring market is experiencing the quality of & ldquo; big test & rdquo ;. We know that geothermal floor ergonomic & ldquo; head cold feet warm & rdquo; physical needs, but also to heat the floor canceled the room heating pipes and radiators, more conducive to the layout and beautiful room, so in this way more and more people recognized and accepted. But how performance to warm the floor of security, service, maintenance how to ensure, how to choose the material, giving consumers a lot of doubts. ??? Geothermal floor of the consumer market still training, still need to strengthen and improve industry standards. Currently, consumers are marked geothermal floor dedicated product price is still the focus, but the concept to warm the floor of the chaotic present situation on the market giving consumers a lot of confusion, combined with air conditioning, warm regional restrictions and other factors has hindered the promotion to warm the floor, resulting in the industry's prospects confused. For this reason, to really choose good geothermal flooring brands, consumers should take full account of thermal cooling performance of the pvc fence and rail road ties, the stability of the material, moisture heat resistance, wear resistance and formaldehyde emission standards, etc., only to use these comprehensive standards in order to ensure a quality home life. The cohabitation of the current market, a shortage of qualified warm flooring brands, most so-called warm the floor heating system can not be applied, which gives the rapid development of China to warm the industry caused some impact. Geothermal flooring industry itself as an emerging industry, the traditional flooring industry in China will bring new opportunities for development, as a way to adjust the industrial structure and there are, but many traditional companies in order to successfully catch the warm car & ldquo; Express & rdquo; at the expense of manufacturing various concepts confuse consumers, even crudely, the non-compliance, no quality control on the floor to sell out, which not only give consumers a loss of property, but also to consumers when installing floor heating system to warm the floor & ldquo; King & rdquo; and far, preferring to choose tiles and other products; plus maintenance, safety, service and other long-standing problems are still shrouded in geothermal floor brand market, geothermal outside wall tiles south africa industry as a great potential for development of the industry, should be fully expansion type of development, but the industry's standardization work because there is no strict implementation delays of the current situation of confusion. Current geothermal flooring industry only play a guiding role in the industry standard, did not play the role of mandatory national standards, and therefore its standardized development pattern is still long way to go.
    Jul 22, 2015 254