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Category Archives: A-Z Blog Challenge 2015

Q is for Quoll

This image of a sleeping quoll was taken by Lizardstomp, in Trowunna Wildlife Park, Australia, and is on Flikr. There are several types of quoll, they are Australian marsupials, although only one type has a true pouch – the rest form a fold when breeding to tuck their babies into and their young hang from …

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P is for Platypus!

The platypus, picture above by Klaus on Flikr, is one of the most amazing animals on earth. It is a leftover from the Miocene period… when creatures had not split into reptiles, birds and mammals as entirely as they have today. Consequently it has attributes of all three types of species. It looks very much …

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O is for Ocelot

This beautiful image of an ocelot was taken by Dan Bodenstein on Flikr. Ocelots are found in South America. They have exquisite coats, that can vary in colour and markings, and each is unique. They are solitary, like most cats, and only come together to mate, although sometimes cats of the same sex sleep together …

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N is for Nightingale

This wonderful image of a nightingale singing at night was taken by Derek Thomas on Flikr. The nightingale, although beautiful, is an unremarkable little bird, pale brown in colour. It is seldom seen in the open, it is shy and tends to stay hidden in leafy trees and shrubbery. A member of the thrush family, like …

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M is for Marmoset

A gorgeous pygmy marmoset image, taken by Day Donaldson on Flikr. Some time ago, a couple of years, I wrote a pygmy marmoset poem. I wasn’t that pleased with it, and decided to have another go for this A-Z. Imagine my horror when I tried to Google information about them, and found nearly every link to …

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L is for Lepus europeaus (Hare) and Leveret

L is for the Latin name for the hare. And L is also for Leveret, the name of a baby hare. This superb image is by Allan Drewitt for Natural England, on Flikr. Hares are very like rabbits, but a lot rarer, and altogether more wild and beautiful. For me, a rabbit sits on the grass, …

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K is for Kestrel

This beautiful (captive) European kestrel image was taken by Marcus Peaston on Flikr: Kestrels are one of the most common birds of prey in the UK, and although they have adapted well to man-made environments, often seen hunting alongside roads, their numbers have declined a lot since the 70s. This was thought to be mainly due to loss of hunting …

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J is for Jaguar

One of the most beautiful, golden cats has to be the jaguar. Here is a brilliant photo by Diriye Amey on Flikr, of a jaguar in the wild at Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa.   Jaguar . She moves as smooth as shadow clouds and leaves the ground as still, . her skin is …

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I is for Ibex

Today I’m talking about a type of goat, the alpine ibex, pictured in the photo below, taken by Rick McCharles on Flikr. This amazing creature, that likes to stand on the brink of the world, was brought back from the brink of extinction by a ban on hunting them, re-introduction, and the formation of protected areas for them …

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H is for Hummingbird

As you know, I love animals, and among animals, I have a soft spot for birds. If you’d like to know why, see G for Grizelda Greenfinch, in 2013’s A-Z Challenge. If I see a post on Facebook about birds, I take notice. When I saw this bird, from La Bioguia’s page, I just had to write a …

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