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  1. Hannah4181

    Big Game photography!

    You won't need to take your lamp if you are going to use rangers to guide you, all "night drives" are done by using a huge lamp to pick up eyes in the bush, i shouldn't think you will be able to hold a camera and a lamp? If you are using an organised/tourist guide, they will have ample lamps etc. Most use a tracker, who is responsible for shining the lamp and finding game, if its an organised thing, i would doubt that you'd be allowed to shine your own lamp around at will. Plus tbh the trackers are trackers for a reason they know the game and the land inside out and will find you what you want to see. That said in Africa pretty much anything goes if your prepared to pay for it, money talks I spent 6 mths working in Southern Africa, and took night drives out most nights, photography wise its tough! Even with a red filter you struggle to get decent quality images, however night drives tend to leave around 3pm so you do get a wonderful hazy light before you stop for sundowners which is stunning for photography purposes. African wildlife and Photography are my 2 biggest loves in life . . . what i learnt to do was leave the camera at home on night drives and keep the memories as mental photos. Daytime was photography time. Have a wonderful time, Africa is a magical place, it gets under your skin and you never quite get over it.
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    Puppy show . . . . Our Old English crackers!

    On paper your right a tenth season hound shouldn't be still doing the job and to a degree that warrants his food bill . . . . however a professional huntsman that knows his hounds as well as this one does, would not keep him if he was not up to his job. As has been rightly pointed out, an experienced hound will lead the young guns and teach them to not always rely on exuberance and pace to find a line. A pack of hounds is a working being, a well put together pack will hold hounds that cover all manner of skills to get the job done in the most effective way possible, young, old, fast, slow, athletic, hard, and thorough hounds are all needed and all serve their purpose in a days effective hunting. Having followed this pack for 10 years i can assure you there is not one hound in that pristine kennel that is not up to its job, perhaps its about being a professional huntsman and knowing more about your hounds, country and job at hand, than the avid follower, interested in speed and numbers. . . . . . . .
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    Lurcher bitch puppy found approx 4pm in Clare Sudbury, Suffolk. Please PM me for details.
  4. Another great read and photos . . . . the one of little george strutting along with a baby rat, proud as punch in all his stumpy legged ,puppy loveliness, is my fav !
  5. Awesome! Just in time for my visit I hope Come on girls, let me come too, will let you have a go with my equipment I'll have my new equipment by then . . . i may let you touch it.
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    GSP . . . STOLEN!!!!!

    CROSS POSTED. Stolen in the Dover Area in Kent While out walking my 2 GSPs this evening a scum bag in a white Berlingo type van managed to grab Mischka my GSP bitch and get her in the van before I was able to get close enough. The police have been contacted and have the details of the vehicle and the details of Mischka. If anyone in the South or anywhere gets offered a Liver and White Ticked Bitch, please contact me if there's no paperwork. She is just coming in to season as well so someone may realise and be looking for a dog to cover her keep an eye out. She is chipped and I have notified the national register so hoping at some point I will get a result.
  7. I've got an earth already sorted and in use for fox cub shots.
  8. Well done all . . and congrats to Bradley and Dolls . . well deserved.
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    Lost in Suffolk.

    Glad this ended well, i'm only 15 miles from Barton and had emailed all dog contacts and shoots i work with, will update them now.
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    Sensible Folk page..IanB

    Not code related but . . . .. . . . as an experiment . . . i think we should skype the parrots!!!???
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    Sensible Folk page..IanB

    You wouldnt be allowed "in".......you would have to stay out side with me and the rest of the plebs :tongue2: Outside with you and a mountain of plebs is sounding a very exciting place to be! . . . . . Are you , like me, in Sunday night heaven again??
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    Sensible Folk page..IanB

    Sounds like a top idea Millet
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    "the long retrieve"

    Big head..... Dont get me wrong its a cracking retrieve but the dog will have done it plenty of times, it would be a piece of piss for it. Its not my fault i have a faultless second hand gundog . . . . don't be jel be reem! You must just be lucky like me then.............. Amen to luck.
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    "the long retrieve"

    Big head..... Dont get me wrong its a cracking retrieve but the dog will have done it plenty of times, it would be a piece of piss for it. Its not my fault i have a faultless second hand gundog . . . . don't be jel be reem!
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    "the long retrieve"

    Lovely video . . . . i would think though that any breed of gundog that enjoys water retrieves would do the same, i wouldn't choose a chesepeake on that footage. The lab i have hear would do the same no problem.
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    Confined crate boredom & diet

    Kongs filled with meat/whatever are excellent boredom breakers, when my bitch injured her shoulder and needed 3 months cage rest i used them all the time. There is a lot of training toys like kongs that you can use to keep her mind active. I found that once my dog had got used to the idea of being in the crate, i could let her out in the evening to lay on the sofa, she would walk around the lounge but i just made sure she didn't jump on or off the furniture. You know your dog and will be able to make a decision on how you think she'll react to a bit of freedom. My bitch has a lot of collie in her and the mental punishment on her was far worse than the physical, she needed the out time from the cage to keep her sane. I also took her out and about in the car on appointments with me, she happily lay on the front seat and enjoyed the change of scene, again i lifted her in and out of the car, but the stroll from the house to the car, parked 30 meters up the lane, seemed to relax her. IMO the stretch out from a little controlled walk like that was important. The young gundog i have needed crate rest last summer for a torn muscle, i ended up having to lift him from the crate to the dog box, and from the dog box into the river, then walked up and down a jetty for 40 mins with a ball on a stick under his nose!! The intense swimming had phenomenal results to his well being and healing, a complete exercise with no weight bearing at all, i simply lifted him out the river, rub down, back in the dog box and back home into the crate. Obviously it was summer and therefore the weather allowed the swimming. When i first started the bitch in the crate i also used rescue remedy in her water, just to take the edge of her, this dog went from total freedom of 300 acres and a good 5/6 miles daily behind the quad every day, to a crate!!! She worked it out though and healed beautifully. Diet wise, with both of mine i left them on their normal raw diet, i just decreased the amount they got due to not having exercise at all. Its something you can work out by looking at your dog each day.
  17. Will consider getting my dog stuffed like Molly the legend, killed by a van! lol

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    2. rob190364


      Hannah, I know Molly has a few bad hair days but I wouldn't say she looks like she's been hit by a van and stuffed! ha ha

    3. Moll.


      Cheers pet..lol lol


    4. THLpatrick


      im considering my dog just to get killed by a van

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    Fox Red labs

    This boy was rescued from a kennel in Northumberland whilst i was working up there last winter . . . . Literally from a kennel, as in he'd not been out of it more than a few times his entire life. b*****ds. Was a complete wild, physco when i got him, fearful, aggressive, and totally unconnected with humans . .. . . . For me thats what makes him more special, the fact that he had such a rough start and has taken to family life and work with such ease, honestly i never liked Labs, preferring edgier breeds, pastrol/collie types . . . . but this dog has changed my mind completely, he's a joy to own.
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    Fox Red labs

    I have a fox red lab, Moss . . . its his first season and he's showing real promise in the field, excellent drive and focus, never tires of work, and is a joy to train and own. A natural and a prime example of a dog that knows his job, he just seems to understand what is expected of him in the field. I actually rescued him when he was 7 months, unfortunately he'd been castrated, a real shame as he's a cracking dog both in looks and work ability.
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    Nikon coolpix L120 14.1 mega pixel camera

    Thanks Marcy thats really helpful . . . you've found a link to the same camera, thats a tenner more expensive than this one . . . . As sweet as your gesture was, its was a little pointless?? . . unless your hoping to get a game of auction site snap going?
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    Great Grey Owl

    I'll be buying new, so its really just a toss up between the 2, the D4 is expected Feb/March here, i am very tempted, although will prove to be an expensive upgrade with the batteries and memory cards. Video doesn't faze me as i wouldn't use it, but that said if you have it then who knows. The FPS and immense ISO range are the bits that get me excited, as you well know, hounds going in and out of cover, dogs on the move in shadowy winter sun, and general shit, grey english weather . . . . the ISO performance is very important for what i shoot. I don't think the D3X will drop massively to be honest, most pros' will keep old bodies as second cameras and the second hand market for them will fly, so i should imagine they will retain their price, both new and second hand. Glass wise i'm pretty well covered, although a super wide angle would be my next buy, or a 600 2.8 . . . once the new body has earned the funds! Yeah 10 fps would be nice for some of my situations.. How the hell do you get a camera to earn funds? please advise.. I'd like to think its more the photographer than the camera, my D700 which i'm upgrading from has more than earnt its keep. If your trading as a professional photographer you need to keep up with technology, that said you can spend 10 grand on a camera and without the knowledge either business wise or camera wise to back it up, your screwed. Do you make money from your photos Romany?
  22. Most fox hound packs in England now hunt a drag, and are accompanied by a large bird of prey, Eagle Owl/Golden Eagle . . .in the unfortunate event that a fox is flushed and a gun is not present, then the BOP is used to dispatch the fox ahead of the hounds.
  23. Sunrise . . . . . Sunsets . . . . .