Taken by Nikolaiya.
Anonymous asked: Hey, I am Lena from Environment Victoria (w3 environmentvictoria org au) We are non-profit organization dedicated to safeguard Victoria's Environment. Could we use your little penguin pic for a publication? If you would like to help us safe the living places of little penguins, like Wilson Prom, it would be fantastic, if you could send me the pic to: lena.herrera at environmentvictoria org au Thanks!! Lena
Hi Lena! The photo wasn’t taken by me - I have linked the image to the source though, so if you click through you’ll be able to get in touch with the photographer - good luck!
Male Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus), Jalisco, Mexico.
(photo: Pleautaud | Flickr)
This is the Ayam Cemani, an Indonesian breed of chicken.
What makes it awesome? Well, it’s black. Absolutely, utterly, black. Black feathers. Black skin and nails. Well, that’s cool right? Well, it also has black muscles, and black bones, and organs that are so dark they are almost black.
This is literally a chicken that is entirely black inside and out.
Only their blood isn’t blood, but even so it is way darker than the blood of other animals.
How bad ass is that?
Gandalf the Great Grey Owl gets scared of going outside and flying out in the open so his owners at Knowsley Safari Park have built his aviary inside a brick shed. He now spends his days watching the world go by out of his window. Photos by Mark Bridger [Article]
Another owl, a Pygmy owl, which is the smallest of the European owls, buries itself in the snow in Oulu, Finland. The Pygmy owl was perching high in a pine tree before flying back to play in the snow.
Mr Peltomaki added: “The Pygmy owl was looking down intensively for about 30 seconds - obviously it heard a vole under the snow - then it very quickly dived in to the deep soft snow, very close to me. First its head was under the snow when it was looking for vole and it was almost completely covered. The whole hunting sequence lasted 15 seconds and the owl looked very satisfied when it flew off with a vole. I was thrilled to witness and capture this scene on camera.”
Picture: Jari Peltomaki/SOLENT (via Owls by David Tipling and Jari Peltomaki - Telegraph)
Cinnamon Ground Dove (Gallicolumba rufigula)
Also known as the golden-heart dove, red throated ground-dove or the golden-heart pigeon, Gallicolumba rufigula is a species of ground dove that is distributed throughout Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and West Papua. Like other ground doves G. rufigula lives most of its live on the ground forages mainly in the leaf litter for fallen fruits and seeds.
A shot of the adult male Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus), Malaysia.
Scientists Meet About Status of Elusive Bird
Experts met last week at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, in South Carolina, to share information about the Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) - a secretive bird that for many represents one of the “Holy Grails” of North American birding. Seen by few and studied by fewer still, its status is poorly known and feared to be tenuous. It is not known if the dramatic losses in the mid-Atlantic region in recent years extend to the south Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Participants reviewed methods most likely to give good answers.
The workshop was led by The Center for Conservation Biology and supported by USFWS Migratory Birds.
(via: USFWS_Migratory Birds)
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