kingfishers, who need to consume their own bodyweight in food each day, prey on unsuspecting fish in rivers and streams, diving with great speed and stealth before returing, heavy with water, to their waterside perches.  the kingfisher, whose wings flap at eight times a second, is the largest bird to hover, and can catch in a fish less than half a second.  

photos by (click pic) marco redaellli, charlie hamilton jamesmax rinaldi, jamie macarthurjacopo rigotti, and christopher schlaf, who will spend hours and days in silence and stillness hiding along (as well as in) known fishing hotspots for the kingfisher, in the hopes of capturing images such as these.  

The American robin lent its name to a striking shade of blue, but the vivid hue may have been colouring eggs long before the bird evolved – perhaps long before any birds evolved. It may have appeared in the dinosaur ancestors of birds that lived 150 million years ago.

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Sketchbook: Regents Park pond sightings. So many tiny ones!

kawaii-dingo said: Oh, and may I ask, why birds?

Someone told me that she had seen a bird. A strange little, with one leg and the red smeared head only partly painted on, and barely flecked down his breast. She said it was like one of my birds. She watched it for a long time. 

And we went looking for a place. We found where the ducks sleep, and gentle fed ourselves between them, fast hearts and little grass breath. And we got inside the tree, and we listened to the leaving geese. 

I do not know why birds. Perhaps one day I will stop, but right now I don’t seem able to.

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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Today’s americanhikingsociety‘s My Public Lands @Instagram Takeover Travels to Wyoming

“Last year’s #NationalTrailsDay was a huge success thanks to federal land agency partners such as BLM.  In 2014, over 144,000 Americans got outside to explore trails in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Canada at one of the over 2,100 activities that took place from local parks to BLM managed lands.   Over 21,000 volunteers contributed their time & sweat to spruce up our nation’s trails resulting in 1,360 miles of trails maintained!  Over 550 people attended events that took place on BLM land last year which included hikes, bikes, and various trail projects.

For example, volunteers this year can join a guided natural history hike on Peak Divide Trail in BLM Wyoming. Many sagebrush songbirds and plants are found along the trail and will be identified throughout the hike. The trail winds through two miles of badlands on the southern edge of the Wilderness Study Area, offering spectacular views of the McCullough Peaks area and the Bighorn Basin. Visit the @AmericanHiking website for more information about this and other National Trails Day events.”  

Photo by Lisa Marks, BLM Wyoming