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_MG_2046 print

Observed: 25th June 2012 By: miked
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_MG_2046
_MG_2046
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miked's picture

Intermediate in size

the naturalist man's picture

??

Well Mike you've done it, you've stumped me! I'm not even sure I can tell which print you are looking at. Could you post a close up of the print you intend an identification for?

Graham Banwell

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miked's picture

see closer up, looks a bit

see closer up, looks a bit like a boot print but not as there were no other human footprints around.

the naturalist man's picture

Still ??

This one is weird! It looks as though something slipped and then dug its feet in hard, at least three feet in hard and one soft (marks top left). assuming the four marks are the four feet can you give me some idea of the distance between these marks?

Thinking off the top of my head I'm wondering if it were a rabbit, or rat, which landed on its haunches (or heals) with its legs splayed apart, as they often do when running on mud, and slipped down with its hind legs bouncing down and closer if you can picture what I mean. But it can not be that because the hind two prints would be long as the animal got its balance by digging in its feet; unless it fell forward as its feet dug in.

Can you remember if there were any prints beyond these?

I'm fairly certain the animal was going right to left because the deep holes have a steep side to the left and a sloping side to the right where the leg lent back.

I'll keep thinking; do these ramblings trigger any other ideas?

Graham Banwell

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miked's picture

Not sure if this is relevant

Not sure if this is relevant or not but there are cranes on site, see photo at end of this document:
http://www.floodplainmeadows.org.uk/files/floodplain/July%202012sm.pdf

the naturalist man's picture

Crane

Good idea, but cranes have three toes similar to pheasants etc. only much bigger of course. Also their sole is flat; now if you said they had ostrich we might be onto something, their sole has segmented prints.

Graham Banwell

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miked's picture

well they do have some pretty

well they do have some pretty strange birds down there, think there were some that looked like humans dressed as birds at one stage when they were dealing with those cranes originally.