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Petting an owl

Petting an owl

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New Gouldian finch population found in Kimberley THE RARE AND BEAUTIFUL Gouldian finch is hardly ever seen on the Dampier Peninsula in the western Kimberley, but indigenous rangers have now found a population of the birds breeding there. The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae) was once common in the savannah woodlands across northern Australia, but numbers have dwindled in the past 50 years. The 2500 or so remaining are mostly scattered in the eastern Kimberley around Wyndham, and in parts of the Northern Territory and northern Queensland. But the birds change their breeding and feeding spots from year to year, depending on conditions. Not a transient population

Auto-Tune Auto-Tune PBS Airdate: June 30, 2009 NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON: "Our love was like a supernova," Newborn Chicks Eric Isselee photographed the newly hatched chicks of various rare birds. He photographed them for a year in captivity in France. Take a look how big the chicks are in comparison with its own shell! A hobby like this one requires a lots of time, and Eric just did it. Cows Enjoy Jazz Funny Videos, Free Games, & Funny Pictures Sign up | Login Cows Enjoy Jazz Black Browed Albatrosses from South Africa photgraphed by Frans Lanting Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography, nature photography Tags: africa Mariachi Band Serenades Beluga Whale Funny Videos, Free Games, & Funny Pictures Sign up | Login Mariachi Band Serenades Beluga Whale [+] This is not random at all.

The catchiest New Wave song (written by a doomsday cult) of all time I know a girl who was part of "the Family" (as they call it). She grew up in one of the "homes", and while she hasn't gone into any great detail, there is definitely a "free love/sex" thing going on there (the girl I know is awesomely nice, and very... open-minded). On the other hand, she complained a bit about the restrictions about living there (and I think sex is sort of a recruiting tool in a way, although she never explicitly said that). Anyway - she moved out on her own, and ended up moving to another country (I knew her when she was living in Asia). I had never heard of "the family" before she told me a bit about it. I looked it up in the same wiki article that's linked to from this page.

Rare albino hummingbird photographed by Marlin Shank A fifteen year old amateur photographer named Marlin Shank recently captured some images of an exceedingly rare creature: an albino hummingbird. Photography is a great way for people of all ages to connect with nature. Marlin Shank's photos of the albino hummingbird have been making the rounds on various online birding groups and Marlin's dad Kevin wrote a great nature photography lesson for Nature Friend magazine, which published the photos. Albinism is a genetic condition that results in a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, scales or feathers of an animal. Typically an albino creature has blood-red eyes, which adds to its odd, otherwordly appearance.

It's electric! Ars Electronica kicks off Kat Austen, CultureLab editor "He's completely covered in metal and there's a 7-metre no-go zone around him", one of the Ars Electronica technical support told me as I waited to see the Tesla Orchestra perform yesterday evening at the festival's opening night. "I saw him at rehearsal," he continued, referring to the orchestra's conductor and director Ian Charnas. "He was amazing. It's the blitz, it plays the music." Electricity was in the air as we waited for Charnas to appear, tantalised by two Tesla coils, exuding potential from atop a cement grandstand that forms part of the Ars Electronica Centre.

Orphaned baby owls Linford and Christie By Nick Enoch Published: 10:54 GMT, 20 March 2012 | Updated: 14:13 GMT, 20 March 2012 It's not the usual thing you'd expect to find in a kitchen - but these orphaned baby owls seemed right at home as they nestled in two cups. 63 Haunting Videos of U.S. Nuclear Tests Now Declassified and Put Online Last month, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory put on YouTube 63 now-declassified videos documenting American nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1962. According the Lab, “around 10,000 of these films sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults. Not only were they gathering dust, the film material itself was slowly decomposing, bringing the data they contained to the brink of being lost forever.” In the first video above, weapon physicist Greg Spriggs discusses how a team of experts salvaged these decomposing films, with the hope that they can “provide better data to the post-testing-era scientists who use computer codes to help certify that the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective.” If you click the forward button, the playlist will skip to the next video, the first of 63 nuclear tests. Several of those clips you can watch below:

Lazy spider monkey hitches rides on parrots What’s a monkey to do when he can’t face the 8m (26ft) climb to the top of a tree? Simple – just hitch a ride on a parrot friend. This squirrel monkey is enjoying the benefits of befriending the blue and gold macaw by hopping on its back for rides. The bone idle animal lives with a male and female parrot at a countryside hotel, and the trio have become inseparable. ‘Its favourite activity is to climb on the back of the parrot and ride it around,’ said photographer Alejandro Jaramillo, 23, who spotted the unlikely pals in San Agustin, Colombia. ‘Amazingly, the monkey never fell off.

The Womens Room Nice images I have found include (left) and eimekucom (right) It was bad enough when we just did the blog and Twitter on TWR, I found myself online more than off. Then Instagram came along and that nice @indiaknight told us we should be on it and now I almost prefer it to Twitter, it’s so uplifting looking at everyone’s photos. 6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think Mankind has a long and checkered past with crows and ravens: They have been feared as symbols of death, because they're all black and scary, revered as creators of the world because, well, it was either them or the seagulls, and worshiped as trickster gods, because of their baffling intelligence. Intelligent enough, in fact, for us to start worrying ... #6. They Can Remember Your Face Next time you see a group of crows, look closely. Try to remember which one is which, and see if you can tell the difference between them the next time you pass.