It has been an exciting week! I have regularly been logging remotely onto the tawny box at Yew View and was delighted to see that our female had laid another egg, taking us up to four, for the first time! Tawnies usually lay 2-3 eggs and I feel that this 4th egg is an indication […]

via We have 4 tawny eggs and otters visiting almost every night! — www.wildlifekate.co.uk

We have 4 tawny eggs and otters visiting almost every night! — www.wildlifekate.co.uk

Birds, Uncategorized

Feathers vary widely in their shape and size and are one of the defining characteristics of birds. Feathers perform many functions for birds which include flight in most species, thermoregulation, waterproofing in marine species, and communication and camouflage via their colour. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of bird feathers, your pictures […]

via Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Feathers — National Geographic Blog

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Feathers — National Geographic Blog

Birds, Feathers, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photos, Wildlife Photography

In nature there are many types of interactions; mutualism where both organisms benefit, competition where both organisms may be negatively affected, commensalism where one benefits and the other is not affected, competition where each organism is affected negatively, and predation/parasitism/herbivory where one species benefits and the other is negatively affected. Thanks to all the photographers…

via Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Interactions — National Geographic Society Newsroom

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Interactions — National Geographic Society Newsroom

Nature Photography, Photography, Photos, Wildlife Photography

In the wild, February and March may seem like the worst time for a bird to raise a family, with challenges including frigid temps, sleet, wind, and snow. But this is no ordinary bird, this is a great bird—a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). These large, thick-bodied raptors- weighing in at 2.5 to 5 pounds […]

via Early Birds Get More than the Worm — New York State Parks Blog

Early Birds Get More than the Worm — New York State Parks Blog

Birds

You may be surprised to learn that there are not one, but four different checklists of all the birds in the world. As you will read below, out of a current total 11,524 extant and recently extinct species, the four lists agree on 9,968 (86.5%) of them, leaving 1556 species considered by some but not […]

via The Four Different Checklists of Birds of the World — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

The Four Different Checklists of Birds of the World — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

Birds

The Ediacaran fauna, a group of extinct species that lived between 571 and 541 million years ago, has been an evolutionary anomaly. Its fossil record contains multicellular organisms, but they are just plain weird, bearing little resemblance to present-day metazoan (multicellular) animals. The two species of “dickinsoniids” shown below, for example, lack a mouth or […]

via The earliest known animal? — Why Evolution Is True

The earliest known animal? — Why Evolution Is True

Animals, Evolution, Fossils