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Amazing absolutely amazing.

 

The Eyes of Eagles

 

An eagle’s flight from the top of the world’s tallest building to his handler below. An eagle was fitted with a camera and released from the top of the 2,715 foot Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.
The eagle has no idea where the tiny speck of land was that his handler is standing on or what it looked like among all of the other islands and buildings and people. Somehow from that altitude, the eagle actually picks out and recognizes the trainer from all of the other objects, people, etc. You can see him looking, looking, looking for the trainer, completely invisible to a human eye and the camera, then fold his/her wings and drops like a bullet straight to his trainer.

What surprised the experts is not only how efficiently the eagle spots his trainer from that altitude, but how smooth its flight is with no camera shake whatsoever, even when it goes into a power dive.

 

 

Click on the link below to enjoy this record flight. https://www.youtube.com/embed/ 6g95E4VSfj0?rel=0

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Beautiful

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No, this isn’t photoshopped. This is a cardinal “gynandromorph” – an animal that exhibits both female and male sexual characteristics. As different sexes are differently coloured, each half of the bird is a different shade.

More info: http://news.discovery.com/animals/bi-color-cardinal-mystery-110531.htm

The wonder of genetics!

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Twinzy is a “half sider” budgerigar, also known as a parakeet. Probably one the of the best ever photographed. Twinzy has the characteristics of a blue bird on one side and a green bird on the other, even his tail feathers are split down the middle

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chimera (also spelled chimaera) is a single organism composed of genetically distinct cells. This can result in male and female organs, two different blood types, or subtle variations in form.[1] Animal chimeras are produced by the merger of multiple fertilized eggs. In plant chimeras, however, the distinct types of tissue may originate from the same zygote, and the difference is often due to mutation during ordinary cell division. Normally, chimerism is not visible on casual inspection; however, it has been detected in the course of proving parentage.

Another way that chimerism can occur in animals is by organ transplantation, giving one individual tissues that developed from two different genomes. For example, a bone marrow transplant can change someone’s blood type.

 

Flickrcomments Story Challenge B

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Birds and Brilliant animals

 

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We always think that animals are not as smart as we are. Maybe we have it all wrong. Because animals understand us but we have a hard time understanding animals so we assume that they are not as clever and they do not have deep emotions.. I watch Hasie (our rabbit) he is so aware of his environment, if you move the garden broom he knows and he checks. If you stroke him (which he absolutely loves)  he goes to roll in the sand belly up because he does not want to smell like a human. There is method in his ‘madness’. Survival!

The following photo is not mine and the story comes from a newspaper.

 

Any food lover will tell you it’s good to be open to different taste sensations, so who can blame these inquisitive birds for having a peck at a new dish.

However, when the delicacy is ferocious alligator and you are a thin-legged spoonbill it might be wise to let another diner take the first bite.

These incredible rare pictures capture the moment a flock of the beautiful pink-hued birds discovered the large reptile gliding through their watering hole.

The images of the Roseate breed spoonbills were taken at the Murrells Inlet in Huntington Beach State Park just metres from the home of American photographer Phil Lanoue.

According to Mr Lanoue the birds showed no fear as they cornered the alligator and began to tug at its tail.

The birds appeared to be intrigued by the stranger in the waters and followed the alligator around the marsh pond in South Carolina.

Mr Lanoue, 58, was watching the sunset when the incredible scene unfolded.

He said: ‘The spoonbills became completely fascinated with the alligator and in particular its tail.

‘They were absolutely obsessed. They seemed to be reacting to the alligator in the same way a cat would to a dangled piece of string.

‘Once they found the tail they were curious and they just wouldn’t leave it alone.

‘The alligator attempted to go about it’s business which was getting itself fed but it was clearly annoyed at the unwanted attention.’

The Birds

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No not the movie, real life!

 

He may not have captured his fish but Bruce Huntley certainly got an incredible photo to document his ‘terrifying’ run-in with nature.

Huntley was out fishing in his rubber dinghy on Washington’s picturesque Lake Padden when a bald eagle with a 6ft wingspan swooped down and snatched a fish straight off his line.

The bird of prey came just 10ft away from Huntley’s inflatable boat to pick up his lunc Huntley admitted to the Bellingham Herald that the experience of having such a powerful bird so close was ‘terrifying.’

 

Just to tell you I’m watching you!

 

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And for a fleeting moment he perched on her arm.

a-z Archive – Y

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Yellow Weavers.

 

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Interesting little birds and when they build nest the ‘wife’ will unpick until she finds something to her liking.  But something very interesting which we experienced while we were having lunch at the West Coast restaurant (We went to see the Wildflowers). On the tables were those little envelopes with cane sugar (in white little bags) and artificial sweetener (in red little envelopes). Whilst these weavers were so furiously building nest they would swoop down and take an envelope to eat in the nest. And most of them took the RED envelopes with the artificial sweetener

Colour speaks!

 

Not such a good photo

 

The photo below comes from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

 

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