Sleepy bird is sleepy

This is one of our few breeding barn owls, hence no jesses. He and his mate have successfully bred this year and so we have some tiny barn owl babies ((which I hope to get photos of soon))

He’s one of our few owls that have stayed mostly nocturnal and so the majority of the time you’ll only ever see him snoring away.

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Meet Juliet, one of our Snowy Owls!

Juliet is being manned at the moment to get her more confident around new people/visitors. She is super sweet yet super sassy, and is known to have a bit of an attitude problem. Other than that she’s a lovely bird to be around and I can’t wait to see her in the display area more!

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Stunning Portraits on Vintage Paper Materials by Mark Powell

London-based artist Mark Powell composes stunning illustrations on outdated and humble canvases. He uses old envelopes, maps and other vintage-like paper materials to sketch human and animal portraits. His main subject is the many faces of old men, which mirror the beauty, texture, wrinkles and folds of a his material. Powell also cleverly integrates the existing art on the paper materials, he chooses to repurpose by keeping intact the papers’ original symbols, stamps, lettering, and typography. He is philosophically and artistically uses figures of wisdom and time, such as an elephant, owl, other birds, and the wrinkle faces of old men, to accentuate the beauty in history and experience. 

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The Mesozoic Park: Yi qi

Common name: Batdino Size: Pigeon sized (10cm). Age: Mid Jurassic (160 million years ago) Geographic range: China/Mongolia. Liked: Flying/gliding. Disliked: Being eaten. Taxonomy: Animalia > Chordata > Dinosauria > Theropoda>Scansoriopterygidae>Yi>qi

The Jehol and Daohugou Biota of north eastern China (see http://on.fb.me/1cViPit and http://on.fb.me/1Hnu8YF) have repeatedly stunned palaeontologists over the last couple of decades with their well preserved 160 and 130 million year old ecosystems. The time period covered by the two formations spanned the transition between feathered dinosaurs and birds, amongst other things, and the exceptional preservation of these fossilised organisms has brought us many feathers, mammalian fur and other rarities to study that are usually not preserved in fossilisation.

Yi qi comes from the older rocks of the Daohugou formation, some 160 million years old.

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