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Monthly Archives: April, 2014

P is for Pelican

Pelican photo by Richard Taylor on Flikr. . . The name pelican derives from an Ancient Greek word, which itself came from a word meaning ‘axe’. Despite having the biggest beak, up to 1.6 feet, and being the heaviest birds to fly, pelicans are remarkably graceful in the air. They have air bubbles in their …

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O is for Orangutan

Pregnant orangutan clinging to the last tree in rainforest felled for palm oil    Caters News Agency. . 80% of the rainforest in Sumatra and Borneo, where orangutans live, has been cut down in the last twenty years. In only ten years time, there will be no orangutans left unless something is done very quickly …

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N is for Night Heron

Night Heron photo by Paruula on Flikr. . Black-crowned night herons do not look quite like other herons, they have the typical hunched posture, but with shorter necks and legs, which makes their body look stockier.  However when they hunt they extend their neck and look more heron-like. They have a black shadow on their heads …

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M is for Moth – Moon Moth

Photo by © John Saxon on Flikr. . . The luna moth lives in North America. It is a beautiful, huge, pale-green moth, 4.2 inches across, but is seldom seen as it only flies at night. Caterpillars feed on a variety of plants including walnut, birch, alder and, rather appropriately, Moonflower leaves. The moth makes …

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K is for Kingfisher

. . The kingfisher’s feather pigments are actually brown… the colours of  blue, red and green are really iridescence, caused between different wavelengths of light interfering with each other. This is why it never looks the same colour from moment to moment, and why its feathers shine. Kingfishers are our brightest birds in the UK, …

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J is for Jaguar

Photo of Jaguar by Jannick Turbe on Flikr. . . Jaguars are the largest cat in South America, and are now mainly confined to the Amazon basin. Formerly they used to roam as far north as the US/Mexico border. They have the most beautiful coats – golden light marked with black rosettes. Unlike most other …

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I is for Invisible!

The eye of an Australian giant cuttlefish, taken by Richard Ling on Flikr. . Cuttlefish are a type of mollusk, and are masters of disguise. They have the largest brain in comparison to their size of any invertebrate. This photo shows the gorgeousness of the colours they can achieve. They can disguise their appearance in …

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H is for Hue – The Secret Miracle of Birds

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) by Ralph Arvesen, Flikr. . . The secret universe of birds is extraordinary – and completely unavailable to us. Their vision has more acuity – they can see far finer grades of every colour than we can. A lemon-yellow petal to them may be a myriad of lemon-ness we will never experience. …

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G is for Gorilla

Photo by Christoph Würbel on Flikr. . . . . There are 100,000 western lowland gorillas left in the wild – less than the population of Crawley, West Sussex. There are 17,000 eastern lowland gorillas left in the world – the same population as Ripley, the fourth smallest city in the UK. There are 880 mountain …

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F for Fritillary (F number 2)

Well, I forgot that Sunday was a day off – and put up ‘F’ on Saturday night. So here is ‘F’ number 2 – Fritillary, an exquisite butterfly. . This beautiful photograph of a Gulf fritillary is by Ralph Daily on Flikr. . Fritillaries . Fritillaries, fritillaries, have butterfly fragilities, they flit and flutter by …

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