Paul Beecroft: For The Birds

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Male Blackbird

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Great Tit

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Starling

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Collared Doves

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Hedge Sparrow

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Chaffinch

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Robin

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Wood Pigeon

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

This is a very rare visitor to my garden. He only gave me enough time to fire off a quick shot before he was gone again.

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Song Thrush

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Magpie

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Red Kite.

These birds were close to extinction here in the UK a few years ago. Following a very successful release scheme there are now hundreds of them. Quite often I will have 20 or more circling in the sky over my house.

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Grey Squirrel.

This Squirrel is a regular visitor to my bird table. He steals the food and will break into containers of food and take everything as can been seen with the slice of toast that he has just pinched.

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Paul Beecroft (above center – the one without the hump) has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. Most recently, Paul worked as a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.

Paul retired from his colorful career just a couple of weeks ago.

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Falconry: Uniting the World

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Welcome to Abu Dhabi, where falconers from all across the world met at the International Festival of Falconry.

Please join Paul Beecroft and his good friend, Peter Devers from the U.S., on a brief tour of the grounds. They’d like to introduce you to some of their new and dear friends, both human and feathered, starting with the beautiful bald eagle (above) and three falcons (below).

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Display tents

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Teepee

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Kyrgyzstan tent.

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Flags and display stands of various nations.

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South Korean Falconer

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Thailand and Romanian Falconers

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Turkish Falconer (below left) and a very young Slovakian Falconer

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New Zealand and Russian Falconers.

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American Falconers

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Paul Beecroft (above center – the one without the hump) has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. Paul currently works as a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.

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Paul Beecroft: International Festival of Falconry in Abu Dhabi

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In December 2014, the International Festival of Falconry was held in Abu Dhabi under the kind patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. This event was hosted by the Emirates Falconers’ Club.

About 800 falconers from some 80 countries attended the festival. The first few days were spent in a desert camp. Time was spent meeting falconers from all over the world, listening to presentations on falconry, but the highlight for me was hawking in the desert on a camel. Although not the most comfortable of rides and only falling off once it was an incredible experience. In fact, that’s me riding the camel (center) in the top photo.

On the evening prior to the Public Festival (more photos to follow) we were guests of the Abu Dhabi Falconry Club which included an evening BBQ, flying of falcons by club members and musical entertainment. The hospitality they showed us was exceptional.

View of the Desert Camp

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Opposite view

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Camels are ready and waiting.

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Falcons arrive.

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Falcons ready with the Camels.

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This Camel was actually the one tied behind me in the top photo. It spent most of the time brushing against my leg. It was quite happy with me scratching his head or resting my hand on his neck.

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Welcome message at the Abu Dhabi Falconry Club.

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The Saluki Dogs joined us.

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Inside view of the Abu Dhabi Falconry Club House.

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Outside view of the Clubhouse during the evening.

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Paul Beecroft has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. Paul currently works as a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.

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Tired of Cold and Snow? Let’s Go To Africa With Paul Beecroft!

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Paul Beecroft has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. Paul currently works as a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.

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Lizard and Killer Bees Poised To Add Realism To Fiction

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Writers are forever searching for ways to bring depth, dimension, and personality to their characters who work in the field of death investigations.

One method of capturing that extra bit of realism is to pay close attention to what real cops, investigators, coroners, etc., post on social media and blog posts. Believe me, you’ll find a treasure chest overflowing with details that could make your characters rise to a level you never thought possible.

For example, professionals who see the worst that life has to offer on a daily basis often turn to the beauty of nature to take them away from the dark side of humanity, and there’s no better example to turn to than Coroner’s Investigator Paul Beecroft.

Paul investigates death. That’s what he does and he’s darn good at it.

In his off time, though, Paul, like many other law enforcement professionals, turns to nature—the earth, the oceans, the stars, plant life, and wildlife.

Yes, there’s a side of your characters that even you haven’t seen. Why not give them the opportunity to open up and let others inside their private world? You and your readers will be glad you did.

Here are a few beauties that recently caught Paul’s eye. Remember, his camera lens is typically aimed at dead bodies and crime scene evidence.

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Killer bees.

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Paul Beecroft has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. Paul currently works as a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.

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Poe’s Raven To Retire: Picks Replacement

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Suppose, if only for a fleeting moment, that Poe, while weakly pondering at midnight on that dreary eve, had the notion to send a bird other than a Raven to first tap on that chamber door. Would a change in feather design and color affect the story?

Let’s have a bit of fun with this idea by having a few of Paul Beecroft’s new-found South African feathered friends stand in for the ebony superstar of Poe fame. Maybe they can shed a little light as to why E.A. selected the black-plumed winged vertebrate as the lead in his famous tale.

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    Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Go-Away-Bird of the saintly days of yore;
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
    But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
            Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

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Go-Away-Bird

Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
            Quoth the Banana Bird “Nevermore.”

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Yellow-billed Hornbill, aka The Banana Bird

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But the Red-billed Hornbill, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only

That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.

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Red-billed Hornbill

    But the Wahlberg’s Eagle still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;

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Wahlberg’s Eagle

Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;

Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
            Quoth the Jackal Buzzard “Nevermore.”

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Jackal Buzzard

    And the Yellow-billed Stork, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door

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Yellow-billed Stork

Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
            Quoth the two kinds of Hadeda Ibis “Nevermore.”

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Hadeda Ibis

Quoth the Starling “Nevermore.”

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Starling

But the Guinea Fowl and Vultures still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,

Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door

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Guinea fowl and Vultures with Warthogs

Quoth the Warthog “Nevermore.

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Okay, Raven it is…

*Photos taken by Paul Beecroft during a recent journey to South Africa.

The goofiness…well, I’m to blame for that portion of the post. Sorry, Paul.

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Paul Beecroft has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. Paul currently works as a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.

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