Tag Archives: Bird

Baby Screech Owls Being Weighed

A group of orphaned baby screech owls being weighed on a scale at WildCare’s Hospital in San Rafael, CA.

These orphaned Screech Owls are being weighed in WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital. They will stay in care until they’re old enough to be released back into the wild. Orphaned birds like these are always raised with others of their own species and contact with humans is kept to an absolute minimum. These little owls are gaining weight and soon will be ready for release!

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Blackie the Mutant Penguin

This all-black penguin was spotted by adventurer Andrew Evans in Antarctica. According to ornithologist Allan Baker:

“Well that is astonishing,” he said. “I’ve never ever seen that before. It’s a one in a zillion kind of mutation somewhere. The animal has lost control of its pigmentation patterns. Presumably it’s some kind of mutation.” He explained that typically, melanistic birds of all species will have white spots where melanin pigmentation has failed to color the feathers. But it’s extremely rare for melanin deposits to occur where they’re not normally located, as genes control those pathways (in this case, in the breast feathers of the king penguin). After looking through several texts, he ruled out the potential for it to be a hybrid and said that it’s closer in coloring to the Little Blue penguin. “But look at the size of those legs,” he added, “It’s an absolute monster.”

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It’s a…?

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Time-Travelling Bird Tries to Sabotage LHC

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A bird has dropped a piece of baguette into outdoor machinery associated with the LHC, causing a technical fault. Was this the work of time-travelling bosons? If so, they’ve proved creative, if not competent: the incident did nothing to delay the run-up of the collider.

Large Hadron Collider Scuttled by Birdy Baguette Bomber [The Register]

The Lazy Worm

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I agree whole-heartedly.

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Midway

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Photographer Chris Jordan has published a series of photographs of baby albatrosses on the atoll of Midway who died because of our trash. Midway receives a lot of the trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Horrifying.

The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking. To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

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