A few photos of the stunning Southern carmine bee-eater breeding colony we stopped by on the Caprivi river in Namibia. Over a thousand birds gather in a 1-2 hectare plot of sand, digging little burrows under the grass tussocks. To see them all flying around and hawking moths was pretty special, but even better were the squabbles over landing space.
The resplendent quetzal is an aptly named bird that many consider among the world's most beautiful. These vibrantly colored animals live in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures.
During mating season, male quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an amazing train up to three feet (one meter) long. Females do not have long trains, but they do share the brilliant blue, green, and red coloring of their mates. Male colors tend to be more vibrant.
Left this guy for 2 minutes to put a load in the laundry... When i came back i couldnt find him.. Behind the curtains? Nope
On the floor? No..
His little playground? Not there either... Must be on the bookshelf!! No??? Suddenly a leaf falls down.
I look over and find the little guy here.
Love the framing of this beautiful pelican
A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
Unique to New Zealand, the yellow-eyed penguin, is thought to be one of the world's rarest penguin species.
On the New Zealand mainland, the species has experienced a significant decline over the past 20 years. On the Otago Peninsula, numbers have dropped by 75% since the mid-1990s and population trends indicate the possibility of local extinction in the next 20 to 40 years.
Considering myself fortunate to sight and photograph this beautiful creature from quite a far distance.
Shot at Cape Saunders, Dunedin, NZ 🇳🇿
Grey bush chat (Saxicola ferreus).
Small songbird of forest edges, open scrub, and farmland, usually seen in pairs or small flocks. Male is silvery gray overall with black face and white supercilium, throat, belly, and wing patches. Female dull brown overall, with a rufous tail and faded version of the male's head pattern. Bold but not very active, usually seen perching for long periods on posts and overhead wires.
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