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Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« on: July 04, 2016, 08:39:40 PM »
 WOW ! Just took a short ride in crepuscular light , had a very LARGE owl take off from my left . He , or she , just barely made enough altitude to clear the Aerofoil . Swear I could hear its wings beating the wind as it passed over . Dog , amazing stuff , even if a bit disconcerting  :laugh:

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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2016, 08:44:52 PM »
"crepuscular"- good job!
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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2016, 09:00:41 PM »
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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2016, 09:06:58 PM »
Glad it was just an Oh My moment instead of an Oh S*&# moment.
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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 09:28:58 PM »
Dusty:  Gotta remember, owls are crepuscular birds.   

Personally, I've never had a close encounter with an owl on a bike.  Many, many close calls with big vultures in the south and west. 

Probably the worst bird I've ever tangled with is my wife's talking African Grey parrot.   She is a sarcastic little beast, with a sick sense of humor.    You can tell pretty quickly that birds are basically dinosaurs.    A T-Rex would have the same kind of humor.
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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2016, 09:31:04 PM »
 I agree John . Experience would indicate that crepuscular conditions are often when wildlife is very active , so slowing down is a habit formed from that knowledge .

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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2016, 09:33:06 PM »
Dusty:  Gotta remember, owls are crepuscular birds.   

Personally, I've never had a close encounter with an owl on a bike.  Many, many close calls with big vultures in the south and west. 

Probably the worst bird I've ever tangled with is my wife's talking African Grey parrot.   She is a sarcastic little beast, with a sick sense of humor.    You can tell pretty quickly that birds are basically dinosaurs.    A T-Rex would have the same kind of humor.

  :laugh: :laugh: Obviously ,

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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2016, 09:40:05 PM »
The gentleman teaching me restoration killed an owl a month or 2 ago riding home from work  :sad:
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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2016, 09:49:52 PM »
A frenetic moment indeed!


And a clsoe call!
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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2016, 10:07:33 PM »
If you are in the southeast either a great horned owl or barred owl are the two likely candidates....

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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2016, 10:14:40 PM »
If you are in the southeast either a great horned owl or barred owl are the two likely candidates....

 Are "Barred" Owls not allowed in certain establishments  :huh: :grin:

 Am in the corner of NW Arkansas at the moment , hard to tell , think it was a Great Horned owl .

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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2016, 10:21:20 PM »
the aftermath of a cockatoo-strike on the brake lever of Pete's yellow 2V Griso...


I'm guessing a yellow bike with a yellow duffle-bag was the last thing that bird ever saw.

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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2016, 10:24:49 PM »
Are "Barred" Owls not allowed in certain establishments  :huh: :grin:


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Haha somebody is in a good mood.....I like you like this.

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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2016, 10:34:41 PM »
Haha somebody is in a good mood.....I like you like this.

 My normal mood is good , except when my Indian gets up  :laugh:

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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2016, 10:46:27 PM »
My normal mood is good , except when my Indian gets up  :laugh:

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2016, 01:33:15 AM »
So owls are dinosaurs of the crepuscular period?

I nearly dodged a owl on highway 12 in eastern Washington years ago.  It broke the windshield and took out the right post, antenna, and mirror on my '69 vw van.  I stopped and sent my birdy springer to find it.  He couldn't -- that owl had ruined my van and kept on going.

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2016, 05:32:38 AM »
Wow, this belongs in the lightening strikes twice thread. Very recently, riding a country road during mid day, I spotted a large bird in the road. I began to slow and much to my surprise, it was a fairly large owl. He/she was near the edge of the other side but took off as I got near and flew right toward me. I ducked and thankfully, we missed one another. It had to been by a hairs breath though.

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2016, 06:06:39 AM »
So owls are dinosaurs of the crepuscular period?

I nearly dodged a owl on highway 12 in eastern Washington years ago.  It broke the windshield and took out the right post, antenna, and mirror on my '69 vw van.  I stopped and sent my birdy springer to find it.  He couldn't -- that owl had ruined my van and kept on going.

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2016, 06:07:53 AM »
Reminds me of an encounter I had 41 years ago. I was riding along a county back road on my Suzuki GT380 in the western suburbs of Chicago. Out of the side bushes comes a pheasant. Ducked and it struck the top of my helmet. Hate to think what a full face impact would have been like.
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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2016, 06:22:29 AM »
I've had a close encounter with a turkey buzzard that was chowing down on something dead on the shoulder of a two lane road.  It got spooked by the MAC 2-1 exhaust on the bike in front of me.  It was so full of dead animal it couldn't get any lift.  I swerved and ducked and it's wing brushed my helmet.  Man, those things are massive (and ugly) up close!
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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2016, 07:49:07 AM »
WOW ! Just took a short ride in crepuscular light ...
I bet that encounter got your corpuscular fluids flowing!
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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2016, 09:10:25 AM »
.  I stopped and sent my birdy springer to find it.  He couldn't -- that owl had ruined my van and kept on going.
Maybe that's why the other got banned - hit and run! (hit and fly?)

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2016, 09:43:46 AM »
The day I picked up my stelvio from the dealer I was 1/4 mile down the road with trees on both sides and saw something out of the corner of my right eye.  looked over and a Hawk swooped down and nailed my right fog light, last I saw he was rolling on the ground.  I didn't stop due to traffic but when I got home had to pluck the right side of the bike.
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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2016, 10:52:58 AM »
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It was so full of dead animal it couldn't get any lift. 
You were lucky. Normally in that condition, they puke it up as they take off. It's kind of nasty... :cool:
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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2016, 11:13:37 AM »
I've got little to contribute. The Eldorado liquified a sparrow on the 125 interchange somewhere in the late eighties.
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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2016, 12:42:16 PM »
Out in Maine I once hit a seagull square in the chest of my leather jacket hard enough to tear my hands off the grips.  I was able to recover and get over to the side of the road to wait for the tears to stop.  It was weeks before I could breathe deep or sneeze without wincing.
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Re: Clsoe encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2016, 12:49:54 PM »


Personally, I've never had a close encounter with an owl on a bike.  Many, many close calls with big vultures in the south and west.   :1:

You can tell pretty quickly that birds are basically dinosaurs.    A T-Rex would have the same kind of humor.

Pelican is just a Pterodactyl with feathers.

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2016, 01:03:20 PM »
  I once caught a starling on my faceshield at 70 mph.  It sort of exploded into a smelly mess.

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2016, 01:10:38 PM »
I had a bunch of near misses when I lived out in the country.  The big issue was that my trip to work was perfectly timed with the 3 turkey hens that lived up the street and used the road as a glide path from their roost.  I knew to look out for them but there were several close calls.

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Re: Close encounters of the ... bird kind ???
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2016, 02:18:40 PM »
Ran into a flock of galahs on the back road to Wagga once and that wasn't pleasant!
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