NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2015 July 30 

Milky Way over Uluru 

The central regions of our Milky Way Galaxy rise above Uluru/Ayers Rock in this striking night skyscape. Recorded on July 13, a faint airglow along the horizon shows off central Australia’s most recognizable landform in silhouette. Of course the Milky Way’s own cosmic dust clouds appear in silhouette too, dark rifts along the galaxy’s faint congeries of stars. Above the central bulge, rivers of cosmic dust converge on a bright yellowish supergiant star Antares. Left of Antares, wandering Saturn shines in the night.

Crested Shriketit (Falcunculus frontatus)

…a species of shriketit (Pachycephalidae) which is endemic to the continent of Australia, where it is known to occur in open eucalypt forest and woodland. Despite their large parrot-like bill, crested shriketits feed mainly on insects and spiders. The large bill is used for bark-stripping, allowing the crested shriketit to gain access to invertebrates under tree bark. 

Although F. frontatus is currently placed in the family Pachycephalidae, recent genetic evidence suggests that it belongs in its own family Falcunculidae. The three subspecies of F. frontatus which all have disjunct ranges are also sometimes given full species status. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Pachycephalidae*-Falcunculus-F. frontatus

Image: Frankzed

6

I’ve been taking some time off so far this year to spend time with great friends around the world. Needless to say, its been an incredible time, and I feel so lucky to be able to do this stuff… to take some time to really live. 

As always, my travel journal - http://latitudinaltales.co.uk/ - is chokka with film love from the last 6 months and more.