Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii)

…a very small species of elanid kite (Elaninae) which breeds from Panama, Colombia and Venezuela south to Bolivia and northern Argentina, with an isolated population occurring in Nicaragua as well. Its currently expanding its range and was proved to breed in Trinidad 1970, and is now becoming more common along the Pacific slope. Like other small kites, pearl likes feed mainly on lizards, birds, and insects which are usually caught on the ground. 


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Image: Dave Curtis

 elanid said: My book group has a policy that people can’t recommend books they haven’t read, cuts down on unenjoyable books - perhaps would be useful for your group. Fwiw though, I do like The Thief, slow start or not. :) Hope it improves for you!

That might be a good idea, yeah.  The Thief is starting to get more interesting, though, so hopefully the rest of it will be easier to read.  And I’m definitely looking forward to The Queen of Attolia.

elanid asked:


(re: this post, asks are still open!)

1. First impression: Ha, that was on that pre-workshop thread, so I think I was just excited that you went to the school my friend Vince was (at the time) planning to go to.

2. Truth is: I am so glad we have gotten to see each more this year! Like in person, although obviously our friendship is pretty heavily founded on text. : ) 

3. How likely is it that u could convince me to do a crime: …not likely at all… Because I am the not-evil one of us… obviously… [my reputation being saved by that public answer: uh, pretty likely, whoops, aside from my obvious stand-up-citize-ness] 

4. Have you ever made me laugh: Gosh, no, not any of your jokes, or even when you fell off a chair those three times.

5. Best feature: General excellence? Let’s see, one particular way you are awesome — you are clever in all the best ways! Like, whether it is being entertaining or being supportive, there is definite cunning being implemented, and it is awesome.

6. What animal do u remind me of: Oh, cat for sure. I’ve decided that your daemon should be a sand cat, because they are tiny nocturnal fluffy jerk cats.

7. Recommend u a book/movie: Ha! I feel that between you having read most things and you hating, um, most things also — this could be unwise. Oh, but have you seen Captain America 2 yet? I actually feel that you should see it, because it is seriously quality. 

8. If i could take u to a place on earth it would be: Here, all the time! (I am predictable in this answer.) Otherwise — oh, easy, I should have thought of this before: Harry Potter World in Orlando! So much so.