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While the female saw-whet broods her nestlings, she keeps the nest cavity very clean. But, when the young are about 18 days old, she starts spending the night in another hole, and then the dirt starts to accumulate. When the young owls leave the nest after another ten days to two weeks, the nest cavity has a thick layer of feces, pellets, and rotting prey parts. - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

Hmm, I hope this doesn't hit to close to home for someone.

 

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...is what this Common Tern was Singing :-)

  

A graceful, black-and-white water bird, the Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America. It can be seen plunging from the air into water to catch small fish along rivers, lakes, and oceans.

 

The Common Tern drinks mainly on the wing, gliding with its wings slightly raised and dipping its bill several times into the water.

 

Common Terns living along the coast drink salt water. They do not seek fresh water even when it is available nearby. Like many seabirds, they have nasal glands that excrete the excess salt.

 

The incubating adult Common Tern flies off its nest to defecate 5-50 m (16-160 ft.) away. It deposits its feces indiscriminately in nearby water or on the territories of other terns.

 

The oldest recorded Common Tern was at least 25 years, 1-month old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in New York.

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

Nikon - 500mm - 1/500 @ f5 - ISO 1600

HOFA0390_B14 FUJINON

 

There were cells for 70 prisoners, but only four. The Gestapo build a cell for 1 man. You see them to the left and right. I counted several hundred. It was a room of 2.5 meters x 1.2 meters. Wooden riser and faeces. No Window. No heating. No light. Death for them had to be liberation. When the typhus epidemic broke out in 1944, all moved in here and left them dead.

 

The Russian soldiers were also imprisoned here. Heroes that have liberated Europe. This is a crime !! The soldier belongs to the prison camp, where he is waiting for a replacement. A soldier is not a Jew nor a criminal. The soldier must be treated fairly. I myself am a former soldier of the Czechoslovak army and I can not imagine this.

The Flehmen response (also called the Flehmen position, Flehmen reaction, flehming, or flehmening) is a behaviour whereby an animal curls back its upper lips exposing its front teeth, inhales with the nostrils usually closed and then often holds this position for several seconds.

It may be performed over a site or a substance of particular interest to the animal (e.g. urine or faeces) or may be performed with the neck stretched and the head held high in the air.

Flehmen is performed by a wide range of mammals including ungulates and felids.

The behaviour facilitates the transfer of pheromones and other scents into the vomeronasal organ located above the roof of the mouth via a duct which exits just behind the front teeth of the animal.

 

IUCN RED LIST STATUS: vulnerable

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~ Robert H. Schuller ~ Robert Harold Schuller (born September 16, 1926) is a retired American televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author. He is principally known for the weekly "Hour of Power" television program which he began in 1970. He is also the founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, where theHour of Power program was previously broadcast.

Schuller was born near Alton, Iowa, on September 16, 1926, to Jennie (née Beltman) and Anthony Schuller. The youngest of 4 children, he is of Dutch descent. He studied at Hope College and received a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in 1950. He was ordained as a minister in theReformed Church in America. He worked at Ivanhoe Reformed Church in Riverdale, Illinois, before moving to Garden Grove, California. There he opened the Garden Grove Community Church in 1955 in a drive-in movie theater. He also built a new 300-seat chapel about four miles (6 km) from the drive-in theater. Schuller conducted a service in the chapel at 9:30 Sunday mornings and then drove his organ to the drive-in to conduct a second service there.

  

 

Vulture keeps things tidy at Gatorland ~

  

Vulture Facts:

 

The vulture is a large, carnivorous bird that is most well known for its scavenging nature. The vulture is one of the few types of bird that is found distributed so widely around the world, as vultures are found on every continent excluding the Antarctic and Australia and the islands that surround it.

 

Different species of vultures of firstly classified into two groups, the old world vultures and the new world vultures. There are thought to be nearly 30 different species of vulture that are found worldwide.

 

The old world vultures are found in Asia, Europe and Africa with these species of vulture thought to be most closely related to eagles and hawks. The old world vulture is not thought to be closely related to the new world vulture and the old world vulture uses its spectacular sight alone in order to find food.

 

The new world vultures are found in the Americas and although there are definitive similarities between the old world vulture and the new world vulture, they are believed to be connected through evolutionary status rather than DNA. The new world vultures tend to be slightly smaller than the old world vultures and use both sight and their excellent sense of smell in order to find their food.

 

All species of vulture are similar in the sense that they scavenge for their food whenever possible rather than killing it themselves. Vultures feed on the remains of dead animals and are never too fussy about what is left. Vultures are known to strip meat, skin and even feathers, leaving only the skeleton of the animal remaining.

 

Although vultures are generally fairly solitary animals, groups of vultures are often seen circling prey from the sky above. This movement of the vultures is called a kettle and a group of vultures together is sometimes known as a venue.

 

Vultures have keen eyesight. It is believed they are able to spot a three-foot carcass from four miles away on the open plains. In some species, when an individual sees a carcass it begins to circle above it. This draws the attention of other vultures that then join in. The feces of theturkey vulture contains strong acids that kill many of the bacteria commonly associated withbird feces. Because of their diet, these birds are able to kill harmful bacteria and viruses with their stomach acids, and halt the potential spread of disease from rotting carcasses.

 

That's essential to life. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. www.worldwaterday.org/

 

We must do whatever we can to preserve the few sources of clean water we still have. For Earth, for all species, including us.

 

Happy World Water Day!

 

Black Skimmer at Marco Island, Florida.

  

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I've heard that the cells in our bodies are replaced by new ones every 7 years. I've lived in Seattle 14 years and my car has been stolen for the second time now. The first time it was found 1 week later, containing the feces-stained blue jeans of the heroin junkie who stole it. This time all that remained was a rusting carcass on wheels but the circumstances point to meth users. That car was part of me- the horse to my Sagitarian centaur, the symbol for me of freedom. So now I'm entering a new stage in life, learning to adapt, and noticing more of the details in life that would normally speed past. And I still have my Art. They can't take that away from me! :D

Maman qui arrive avec une belle anguille. Quatre petites bouches à nourrir, elle ne chômait pas ;-)

 

Identification: Taille moyenne : longueur totale : de 41 à 62 cm; queue : de 13 à 21 cm.

 

Poids : femelle : de 500 à 900 g; mâle : de 565 à 1 290 g.

 

Apparence : pelage brun foncé presque noir, abdomen plus clair. A parfois une tache blanche sur l’abdomen, la gorge ou le menton.

 

Signes de présence : le vison se déplace par bonds. Il emprunte souvent les mêmes sentiers pour se déplacer et se mettre à l’eau. Marquage par les sécrétions anales, l’urine et les fèces.

 

Alimentation: Le vison se nourrit de petits mammifères, de rats musqués, de grenouilles, d’insectes, d’oiseaux et de poissons. Il chasse principalement à l’aube ou au crépuscule. Il peut aussi s’introduire dans les piscicultures et les poulaillers.

 

Reproduction: La maturité sexuelle est atteinte vers l’âge de 10 mois pour les deux sexes. Le vison mâle s’accouple avec plusieurs femelles au hasard. L’accouplement provoque l’ovulation, et l’implantation des embryons a lieu plus tard, elle est différée. Les petits naissent en avril ou mai dans des terriers. La taille de la portée est de 3 à 4 jeunes. Le mâle demeure parfois avec la femelle pour aider à élever les petits.

After each feeding, both the male and female parent will collect the feces sacs and dispose of them away from the nest. Not the most glamorous of duties but it keeps the nest clean and cuts down on insects and parasites.

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Sarcophaga carnaria or the common flesh fly is a European species of flesh fly. Only males can be identified with certainty, and then only by examining genitalia. Lavae mostly feed on Earthworms. Adults are attracted to rotting meat and faeces.

The picture has been made with magnification factor 6 and f/13 using a Canon 7D, a Canon MP-E 65 mm f/2.8 and a Canon 2x teleconvertor. It is a single picture and has been made in our garden, while the fly was alive and kicking. The large version of the picture can be found at

 

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Sarcophaga is a genus of true flies, the type of the flesh-fly family (Sarcophagidae). This genus occurs essentially worldwide. These flies are generally well-sized and of a greyish color; like many of their relatives, the typical patterns are lengthwise darker stripes on the thorax and dark and light square dots on the abdomen. Many have conspicuous red compound eyes. These are set further apart in females than in males; the females are also larger on average. As typical for this family, it is almost impossible to tell the species apart from their outward appearance, and many can only be reliably identified by microscopic examination of the males' genitalia (source Wikipedia).

A really upsetting image in many ways with this near pristine male Chalkhill Blue taking minerals from this pile of dog faeces. Although i am sure the majority of dog walkers at the Barnack Hills and Holes NNR do collect their dogs mess many DO NOT and they are invariably the ones who do not keep their dogs under control by letting them run wild throughout the reserve.

I just wish more people would follow the rules and keep our countryside clean and healthy for all of us to enjoy.

•The truth about Yosemite: www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Sexual-Harassment-Common-in...

 

This is another mountain stream, taken over the 4th of July weekend. Taken with Nikon D600, Tokina 17-35 F4 FX Pro, Kinko Circular Polarize, 9 images in 1 stop increments. Edit: Lightroom 5.5; workflow and final edit, Photomatix Pro 4; fusion/layers, NIK Collection; Color Efex Pro 4, Gimp 2.8; Logo. And, while I’m at it; what keeps my feet dry (yes, I stand in water for many of these shots) are a pair of HighTech Waterproof Hikers.

In the right center of the photo is my Jeep. This is the Jeep that has had all four tires flattened, had different colored liquids thrown on it after being washed, had cigarette ashes and tobacco placed on the hood, had animal feces impacted in the driver’s door handle, and had the rear break line pulled back and forth causing it to leak.

Yes; this happens in Yosemite National Park, this happens in America. In today society this is “Being American” This is what happens to those of us whom stand up to corruption; corruption in government, law enforcement, corporations, organizations and society. We become Targets; are lives are destroyed, we are defamed, we are mobbed, harassed, stalked and psychologically tortured.

With the resent VA whistleblowers; there are Doctors, Nurses coming forward stating the same treatment for speaking out. They have worked hard, sacrificed much to become who they are; to have it all destroyed for telling the truth. I too know who I am; I’m an American, an American that proudly served his country, an American that received 12 medals, an American that was awarded Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, a proud father, an American that will stand up for our Rights, our Constitution, an American that will not be bullied or intimidated, an American that knows who he is and no one will ever take that from me.

Help us bring Social Change through Photography; bring awareness and stop Gang Stalking, Community Based Stalking and Workplace Mobbing. We are trying to make these changes one community at a time. So, here is a contact page for Yosemite National Park: www.nps.gov/yose/contacts.htm. Once on this page; click on ask a question or make a comment. This is your National Park please take the time to contact them; tell them to put a stop to Gang Stalking, Community Based Stalking and Workplace Mobbing.

These immoral and illegal acts are allowed in Yosemite National Park by Law Enforcement, encouraged and performed by its Contractors. Thank you for taking the time to visit my photostream.

 

Explore Dec 15/08 ..California Quail (view large) 60km winds blowing snow sideways, taken from inside my house. -3C, windchill -16C. Very low light. Iso 3200, f5.6, 1/200 sec. The topknot looks like a single feather, but it is actually a cluster of six overlapping plumes. The California Quail digests vegetation with the help of protozoans in its intestine. Chicks acquire the protozoans by pecking at the feces of adults. IMG_0692

Prospective visitors should be aware that the air throughout the La Jolla Cove area is filled with the odor of seal and bird feces. The stench can be especially offensive on the warmest days in the summer. The extensive fecal contamination also causes unsafe swimming conditions.

Les 4 petits garnements se sauvent: Zut ;-(

 

Identification: Taille moyenne : longueur totale : de 41 à 62 cm; queue : de 13 à 21 cm.

 

Poids : femelle : de 500 à 900 g; mâle : de 565 à 1 290 g.

 

Apparence : pelage brun foncé presque noir, abdomen plus clair. A parfois une tache blanche sur l’abdomen, la gorge ou le menton.

 

Signes de présence : le vison se déplace par bonds. Il emprunte souvent les mêmes sentiers pour se déplacer et se mettre à l’eau. Marquage par les sécrétions anales, l’urine et les fèces.

 

Alimentation: Le vison se nourrit de petits mammifères, de rats musqués, de grenouilles, d’insectes, d’oiseaux et de poissons. Il chasse principalement à l’aube ou au crépuscule. Il peut aussi s’introduire dans les piscicultures et les poulaillers.

 

Reproduction: La maturité sexuelle est atteinte vers l’âge de 10 mois pour les deux sexes. Le vison mâle s’accouple avec plusieurs femelles au hasard. L’accouplement provoque l’ovulation, et l’implantation des embryons a lieu plus tard, elle est différée. Les petits naissent en avril ou mai dans des terriers. La taille de la portée est de 3 à 4 jeunes. Le mâle demeure parfois avec la femelle pour aider à élever les petits.

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some Victorians would collect dog faeces and sell it to tanneries, it was used to soften cow hides.

The Flehmen response (also called the Flehmen position, Flehmen reaction, flehming, or flehmening) is a behaviour whereby an animal curls back its upper lips exposing its front teeth, inhales with the nostrils usually closed and then often holds this position for several seconds.

It may be performed over a site or a substance of particular interest to the animal (e.g. urine or faeces) or may be performed with the neck stretched and the head held high in the air.

Flehmen is performed by a wide range of mammals including ungulates and felids.

The behaviour facilitates the transfer of pheromones and other scents into the vomeronasal organ located above the roof of the mouth via a duct which exits just behind the front teeth of the animal.

 

Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

syncerus caffer

 

kafferbuffel of Afrikaanse buffel

buffle d'Afrique ou buffle noir des savanes

Afrikanischer Büffel

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**dear flickr friends a nasty desert bug has me down and out -damsure not in beverly hills! Ill be back among you real soon**

xo

                   

View majamom's mapTaken in (See more photos here)Roadrunners are ground cuckoos, are any of about 15 species of birds constituting the subfamily Neomorphinae of the Cuckoo Family (Cuculidae), noted for terrestrial habits. There are 11 New World species, 3 of which lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.

 

Other ground cuckoos include the Morococcyx erythropygus, a species widespread in Central America and 5 species of Neomorphus, found from Costa Rica to Bolivia.Three species of the very large Carpococcyx, are found in Southeast Asia and acquire a length of 24 inches.

 

Comparisons

 

The two species of Roadrunners include the Lesser Roadrunner (G. velox) a slightly smaller, buffier and less streaky bird, of Mexico and Central America, which grows to a length of 18 inches.

 

Description

 

The legendary Roadrunner is famous for its distinctive appearance, its ability to eat rattlesnakes and its preference for scooting across the American deserts, as popularized in Warner Bros. cartoons.

 

The Roadrunner is a large, black-and-white, mottled ground bird with a distinctive head crest. It has strong feet, a long, white-tipped tail and an oversized bill.

 

It ranges in length from 20 to 24 inches from the tip of its tail to the end of its beak. It is a member of the Cuckoo Family (Cuculidae), characterized by feet with 2 forward toes and 2 behind.

 

When the Roadrunner senses danger or is traveling downhill, it flies, revealing short, rounded wings with a white crescent. But it cannot keep its large body airborne for more than a few seconds, and so prefers walking or running (up to 17 miles per hour) usually with a clownish gait.

 

Vocalization

 

The Roadrunner makes a series of 6 to 8, low, dovelike coos dropping in pitch, as well as a clattering sound by rolling mandibles together.

 

Tail

 

The Roadrunner has a long, graduated tail carried at an upward angle.

 

Legs

 

The Roadrunner has long stout legs.

 

Behavior

 

The Roadrunner is uniquely suited to a desert environment by a number of physiological and behavioral adaptations

 

Its carnivorous habits offer it a large supply of very moist food

It reabsorbs water from its feces before excretion

A nasal gland eliminates excess salt, instead of using the urinary tract like most birds

It reduces its activity 50% during the heat of midday

Its extreme quickness allows it to snatch a humming bird or dragonfly from midair.

 

Habitat

 

The Roadrunner inhabits open, flat or rolling terrain with scattered cover of dry brush, chaparral or other desert scrub.

 

Food & Hunting

 

The Roadrunner feeds almost exclusively on other animals, including insects, scorpions, lizards, snakes, rodents and other birds. Up to 10 % of its winter diet may consist of plant material due to the scarcity of desert animals at that time of the year.

 

Because of its lightening quickness, the Roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador's cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.

 

It then swallows its prey whole, but is often unable to swallow the entire length at one time. This does not stop the Roadrunner from its normal routine. It will continue to meander about with the snake dangling from its mouth, consuming another inch or two as the snake slowly digests.

 

Breeding

 

When spring arrives, the male Roadrunner, in addition to acquiring food for himself, offers choice morsels to a female as an inducement to mating. He usually dances around her while she begs for food, then gives her the morsel after breeding briefly.

 

Both parents collect the small sticks used for building a shallow, saucer-like nest, but the female actually constructs it in a bush, cactus or small tree. She then lays from 2 to 12 white eggs over a period of 3 days, which results in staggered hatching. . Incubation is from 18-20 days and is done by either parent, though preferably the male, because the nocturnally incubating males maintain normal body temperature.

 

The first to hatch often crowd out the late-arriving runts, which are sometimes eaten by the parents. Usually only 3 or 4 young are finally fledged from the nest after about 18 days. These remain near the adults for up to 2 more weeks before dispersing to the surrounding desert.

 

In the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California where there is only one rainy season, Roadrunners nest in Spring, the only time there is abundant prey to raise a brood. In the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, they breed again in August or September after summer rains increase their food sources

    

The first day of fog and its official, winter has arrived....

 

A great devotee of the mazaars. high on weed....shivering, shaking in the morning cold. A lost soul, no time for hygiene....people say that his robe is wrapped with his feces and urine. They avoided him as they walk by, I didnt know what to say to him....Gave him some money and left him alone in his thoughts.

Thank God my nose was blocked at that time.

Lal Dighir Par, Chittagong.

Un des jeunes qui attend maman avec du bon poisson, miam ;-)

 

Identification: Taille moyenne : longueur totale : de 41 à 62 cm; queue : de 13 à 21 cm.

 

Poids : femelle : de 500 à 900 g; mâle : de 565 à 1 290 g.

 

Apparence : pelage brun foncé presque noir, abdomen plus clair. A parfois une tache blanche sur l’abdomen, la gorge ou le menton.

 

Signes de présence : le vison se déplace par bonds. Il emprunte souvent les mêmes sentiers pour se déplacer et se mettre à l’eau. Marquage par les sécrétions anales, l’urine et les fèces.

 

Alimentation: Le vison se nourrit de petits mammifères, de rats musqués, de grenouilles, d’insectes, d’oiseaux et de poissons. Il chasse principalement à l’aube ou au crépuscule. Il peut aussi s’introduire dans les piscicultures et les poulaillers.

 

Reproduction: La maturité sexuelle est atteinte vers l’âge de 10 mois pour les deux sexes. Le vison mâle s’accouple avec plusieurs femelles au hasard. L’accouplement provoque l’ovulation, et l’implantation des embryons a lieu plus tard, elle est différée. Les petits naissent en avril ou mai dans des terriers. La taille de la portée est de 3 à 4 jeunes. Le mâle demeure parfois avec la femelle pour aider à élever les petits.

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Man working at the Chaouwara Tanneries of Fez, Morocco.

The Chaouwara tanneries are one of the cityâs most iconic sights (and smells), offering a unique window into the pungent, natural process of producing world-class leather using methods that have changed little since medieval times. The tannery consists of a honeycomb of stone vessels filled with various dyes and foul-smelling fluid.

Standing in the vats, the workers go about their duties, ending up with their own skin dyed in various colours as a result.

But first, they will sort through the raw hides, stretch and soak them for two to three days in pits containing a mixture of quicklime, water, salt and cow's urine.

This helps to get rid of any leftover hair and fat on the skins.

Then the hides are cleaned - with the aid of the 'smoothing' pigeon faeces. Workers stand barefoot in vats and knead the skins to further soften them up.

After they have been dried, the animal skins undergo the dyeing stage.

At this point, they are transferred to vats containing various colouring agents.

Mint, for example, is used to achieve a green colour; cedar wood for brown; henna for orange; saffron for yellow; indigo for blue; and poppy flower for red.

Olive oil is also sometimes used to give the leather a shiny gloss.

Afterwards, the products are dried on the roofs of the Medina - and then, to market.

The ancient tannery is one of three in the Old Medina, which was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 1981.

Taken near Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Instructions:

 

- Stalk extremely slowly keeping your binoculars or camera as the case may be continually obscuring your face.

 

- Move only a half step at a time, or a full step if needing to straddle any obstacles along your path for the next fifty yards or so.

 

- Pay no heed to the high grass in your face or to the tangle of thorns at your feet that perchance may trip you up... and then down.

 

- Never look the subject bird in the face, but keep your head down using only your peripheral vision to determine how close you are getting to the bird.

 

- Keeping your head down will also benefit you by helping you avoid stepping on any fresh or over ripened dog feces that may sprinkle your path which could result in ticking you off and offending the bird.

 

- When you finally get to within full frame distance of your subject, duck and weave and contort your (past the due date) frame into whatever form works for the moment to capture a less obscured picture of of a back-lit pipit that you can manage.

 

- Finally, don't let that oft occurring annoying little twig in the foreground that ruins the very rare clear view of a well stalked bird that almost never perches get the better of you. You have relatives that will do that for you. ;-)

  

American Pipit

This small island on Lake Couchiching, is completely taken over by Double Crested Cormorants.They breed and nest on this island and have so covered the island that there feces have destroyed most of the vegetation and leaves on the trees, do to the alkaline nature of their droppings.But it is an interesting site.

"De la tara". Chicken coop at the countryside. This place has never been cleaned, they sleep in their own feces.

The housefly (also house fly, house-fly or common housefly), Musca domestica, is a Diptera of the Brachycera suborder. It is the most common of all domestic flies, accounting for about 90% of all flies in human habitations, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects, found all over the world; it is considered a pest that can carry serious diseases.

 

Houseflies feed on feces, open sores, sputum, and moist decaying organic matter such as spoiled food, eggs and flesh. Houseflies can take in only liquid foods. They spit out saliva on solid foods to predigest it, and then suck it back in. They also regurgitate partly digested matter and pass it again to the abdomen.

 

Today's Bible Verse:

 

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

PROVERBS 14:12

This fine specimen was sunning on a dock along the banks of the New River in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

 

From the Florida Keys to the northern reaches of Palm Beach County, iguanas are moving into new neighborhoods almost as fast as savvy real estate speculators.

 

They generally live in warm climates - cold kills them - and the consensus is that they are eating their way northward. One University of Florida professor has seen them as far north as Pinellas Park.

  

As vegetarians, the four-footed lawn mowers have chomped their way through expensive landscaping, caused headaches for botanical gardens and pooped on the deck of more than one cabin cruiser.

  

Iguana experts aren't sure how many of the green lizards live in Florida; estimates range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. They get pretty big: It's not unusual to spot a four-footer in a tree or even a six-footer on a seawall.

 

It often freaks out new residents, especially those from the north or Midwest who aren't used to a 3-foot, spiny, tongue-flicking lizard in their yard.

 

Iguanas are not native to Florida. Most were former pets, illegally dumped in canals or swamps, or descendants of former pets. Some got big and unruly and escaped from cages. Others may have arrived in cargo ships and escaped, crawling to thick foliage.

 

The iguanas look more ferocious than they actually are; however, their feces carries salmonella.

  

"The iguanas are here, and we're probably not going to eradicate them," said Kenneth Krysko, a herpetology expert with the Florida Museum of Natural History, who once helped catch 1,000 iguanas on Key Biscayne.

 

Krysko said the lizards were first reported in Miami in 1964. At some point, they were spotted in the Keys. In the '80s and '90s, iguanas became popular pets, but many people couldn't deal with those that grew bigger than their family dog. Now they are common in waterfront subdivisions in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

 

Bill Kern, an urban wildlife specialist and professor at the University of Florida, says there are a few things people can do to stave off the iguanas. Don't feed them (they'll come back for more). Don't plant impatiens or mango trees (iguanas love those). And most of all, don't try to capture them yourself (iguanas are dangerous when cornered).

 

"If you try to catch them, they will bite, they will scratch, and they will slap you with their tail," he said.

Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia, is home of one of the most remarkable bunch of engineers in the insect world, the Cathedral termites also known sometimes as the Spinifex Termites (Nasutitermes triodiae). Mounds of the Cathedral termites on the dry plains of the Northern Territory dominate the landscape and often tower more than 15 feet in height. Constructed from mud, plant parts, termite saliva and faeces, the columns of the mound are extraordinarily tough and able to withstand the rigors of wind, rain, heat, and hungry predators. Construction of the hollow columns allows for internal circulation of air from the cooler soil at the base of the mound to the warmer top. This clever ventilation provides a central air-conditioning system that enables the colony to remain relatively cool even when the external temperatures are bloody hot.

 

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Sunset over Andrew Hayden Park.

 

Andrew Haydon Park is a park on the Ottawa River in the city of Ottawa. There is a bandshell for outdoor concerts and a picnic area. The Nepean Sailing Club is located nearby at Dick Bell Park. It is a beautiful park that features walking trails, play structures & swimming.

 

Migrating Canada Geese and shorebirds stop over along the marshy edges of the river near the park. Resident Canada Geese also inhabit the park's two ponds resulting in the common feces problem associated with geese in parks.

 

The park was named after Andrew Haydon, former Reeve of Nepean.

 

The landscape-architect Donald W. Graham worked on this project.

  

This is the third cousin once removed from the Geico Gecko. He's much younger and trying hard to be the replacement Gecko for next years ad campaign. He is staying with me in Florida while he studies his lines for new commercials...

 

The Geico Insurance Company Lizard which is a gecko, is not an actual duplicate of what the real gecko lizard looks like. They took liberties of changing the looks of this type of lizard to make it more appealing.

 

The real gecko lizards are small to average sized lizards belonging to the Gekkonidae family of lizards.

 

The real gecko is unique in their vocalizations in socializing with one another. They make chirping sounds while communicating with one another.

 

The Geico gecko is in real life a unique species of lizards. They have no eye lids, just membranes that cover their eye. The membrane is transparent and they lick it clean.

 

When they need to defend themselves they expel this foul smelling material along with feces at their enemy.

 

The Geico geckos are the lizards that in real life can actually walk across the ceiling with their unique specialized toe pads. These toe pads let them climb many trees with ease.

 

In other tropical countries they have a species called the House Gecko that becomes a welcome quest in homes and actually make their homes in those of humans.

 

The Ballestas Islands form an important wildlife reserve, with over 160 species of marine birds, including Humboldt penguins, cormorants, boobies, pelicans and, occasionally condors. There is also animal life, including sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales and two endangered turtles. The islands are off the coast of the Paracas National Reserve, 240 km south of Lima and are a separate National Reserve by themselves.

The islands surrounding seas are rich in creel, and associated upper food chain fish. They provide a safe breeding ground for sea lions, pelicans and a large variety of bird life.

It is not allowed to disembark in the islands, but boats arrive until the banks of the islands.

 

The quantity of birds is particularly obvious from the huge amount of guano, covering the red rock of the islands with baked white clay - which, surprisingly enough, used to be Peru’s main industry, used extensively by Europeans for fertiliser. There are still a few guano factories on the islands, which guys live on for two months at a time like oil riggers.

 

Guano (originates from the Quichua language of the Inca civilization and means "the droppings of sea birds".) is the excrement (feces and urine) of seabirds, bats, and seals. Guano manure is an effective fertilizer and gunpowder ingredient due to its high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen and also its lack of odor. Superphosphate made from guano is used for aerial topdressing. Soil that is deficient in organic matter can be made more productive by addition of this manure.

 

A while back I told one of my contacts here on Flickr I still had yet to capture a shot of our New Mexico State bird.

 

Well I finally did it. And I ony had to travel to Arizona to do it.

 

Some Roadrunner facts for you:

 

* Roadrunners are quick enough to catch and eat rattlesnakes.

 

*Roadrunners' extreme quickness allows it to snatch a humming bird or dragonfly from midair.

 

* Roadrunners prefer walking or running and attain speeds up to 17 mph. hour

 

* The Roadrunner reabsorbs water from its feces before excretion.

 

The roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador's cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.

 

Best Viewed On Black

On an African starfish (carrion) flower. Two common flies that are attracted to rotting flesh (carrion) and animal feces: A. Green bottle fly (Phaenicia sericata) of the family Calliphoridae. B. Flesh fly (Sarcophaga sp.) of the family Sarcophagidae.

 

Some of the most notorious carrion flowers belong to the Milkweed Family (Asclepiadaceae), a very diverse plant family characterized by milky-white sap. Several South African succulent genera, including Stapelia, Caralluma and Huernia, resemble spineless, sprawling cacti with strange starfish-shaped flowers. The flesh-colored, hairy blossom of S. gigantea may be 8 to 10 inches across (20-25 cm), with a nauseating stench. Fringes of soft white hairs on the reddish-brown petals superficially resemble a layer of mold growing on rotting matter (at least through the compound eyes of carrion insects). Occasionally grown in southern California, the curious flowers attract flies and maggots when they are in full bloom. Another South African species, S. flavirostris, has strange blossoms that look and smell more like a furry, dead animal than a flower. The striped "zebra flowers" Huernia zebrina also produce an intensely fetid odor as they lie on the desert sands of South Africa. Another genus of climbing milkweeds (Ceropegia) produces striking, malodorous blossoms shaped like a wine glass, often with glistening cilia to attract flies. Like Aristolochia, they detain their visiting flies until the male flowers are mature.Two common flies that are attracted to rotting flesh (carrion) and animal feces: A. Green bottle fly (Phaenicia sericata) of the family Calliphoridae. B. Flesh fly (Sarcophaga sp.) of the family Sarcophagidae.

 

The putrid-smelling starfish flower (Stapelia gigantea) is flesh-colored (mine are actually yellow) and covered with soft white hairs. It attracts flies and maggots to the central orifice where the male and female floral sex organs are located.

    

EXPLORED January 13, 2011

 

Big Meadows - Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

 

This tiny Whitetail Fawn was probably 1-2 days old at the time this photo was taken. They instinctively know to get down in grassy cover and stay put until mom gives them the signal to get up. Sometimes though this is not always the ideal situation for a new fawn because predators can (and do) move in quickly and easily without any resistance whatsoever.

 

A doe will move her fawn shortly after giving birth, consuming its urine and feces, and then leaving the fawn hidden and alone most of the time to help prevent predators from targeting its location. Generally the doe will remain somewhere in the vicinity of the fawn, feeding and/or bedded down, and will not give you the slightest clue that she has a fawn.

 

It is amazing to watch the new fawns each Spring, they grow so rapidly - especially during the first 72 hours of their life. Their legs quickly turn into 'stilts'. Within a week they have complete control of those long legs and can run fast enough to keep up with mom if she flees an area for whatever reason. I learn a little more about them each year just from sitting still and observing them (while waiting for my photo opps of course!). Although one can learn a lot about wildlife from written material, there's nothing quite like experiencing it firsthand.

 

Click here for my short video clip on YouTube of a newborn fawn just learning to stand and use its legs.

 

And also 2 short video clips of an hour old fawn trying to get adjusted to its legs and getting cleaned up by its mother.

 

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General Facts: The Water Vole lives along banks of canals, slow moving rivers, lakes and marshes and is about 8 inches long. It is sometimes incorrectly called the Water Rat, this being a confusion with the Brown Rat which also swims well. The water vole is usually seen as it dives into the water to swim. Its normal tendency is to submerge, whereas a rat stays on the surface. After swimming, the water vole often sits upright on the bankside, feeding on a water plant or washing its face. One sign of its whereabouts is is a patch of the bank where the plants have been bitten off. There may also be tracks in the mud near by. The water vole has a home territory based on a burrow, the entrance to which is sometimes just below the surface of the water. Male voles live along about 130 metres of water bank, while females have ranges about 70 metres long. They deposit distinctive black/greenish, shiny faeces in latrines. Latrines occur throughout and at the edges of their range during the breeding season.

 

www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th1m.htm

Schmutzgeier (Neophron percnopterus)

 

Der Schmutzgeier ist mit 60 Zentimetern und einer Spannweite von bis zu 165 Zentimetern der kleinste der vier europäischen Geier. Dabei erreicht er ein Gewicht von durchschnittlich 2 Kilogramm. Das Weibchen ist durchschnittlich um 1/3 größer als das Männchen.

Der Schmutzgeier ernährt sich, wie die meisten Raubvögel, von Aas und Fleisch. Er frisst tote Tiere, Eier, lebende Insekten, Schnecken und Frösche. Zudem ernährt er sich auch von Abfällen und Fäkalien, worauf sein Name hinweist.

Schmutzgeier können Eier aufbrechen, indem sie aus dem Flug Steine auf die Eier fallen lassen.

 

The Dirt Vulture is the smallest of the four European Vultures with 60 centimeters and a span of up to 165 centimeters. It has an average weight of 2 kilograms. The female is on average 1/3 larger than the male.

Like the majority of birds of prey, the Dirt Vulture feeds on carrion and flesh. He eats dead animals, eggs, live insects, snails and frogs. In addition, he also feeds on waste and faeces, as his name indicates.

Dirt vultures can break eggs by dropping stones from the fly.

 

Quelle:

www.natur-lexikon.com/Texte/AL/001/00001-Schmutzgeier/AL0...

Collected eggs, bed bug nymphs, feces from harborage on mattress. Hard to see on mattress, but easier once taped, collected and photographed (and zoomed in). L.Sorkin

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Dear financiers. It usually doesn't take longer than 5 seconds for people to be aware of what's going on around them, however, it usually takes more than 1.5 life times for us to start caring. Actually, it's not that difficult. We are just lazy. All we need to do is to give a shit.

 

How to conduct a business

 

1. Find a comfortable location

 

2. Start doing your business

 

3. When you conduct your business, look around

 

4. There may be others who are after your spot

 

5. Instead of fighting to death, you may share your lovely space

 

6. Do your poo

 

7. Share the fruit of your excrement

 

8. Use your lovely poo to nourish your surroundings, the people and the local community

 

9. You may also smear your rich manure to enrich some big businesses

 

10. Never bring your business on to the dining table, very bad manners

  

This shitty advice is brought to you by Linus & The Feel Good Factory.

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8000 people showed up......For HYPE HYPE HYPE........

 

if you didnt know....sam adams the mayor of portland setup an eviction for the occupy portland camp last night at 12:01am

 

I had to see for myself if the cops were going to gas the protestors or do anything.....and NOPE...the crowd just thinned and people of portland let the police come in and clean up the filth that has become occupy portland......

 

walking through the occupy camp....all you could smell was human feces and garbage.......

 

is this what a revolution looks like?

 

hours later police raided the camp with no resistance what so ever.......and started throwing away all the garbage left behind by the occupy portlanders.......

 

You can watch whats left of the Hype live right now follow the link below

www.livestream.com/occupyptown

 

you can also read about the events unfolding as well in this article

www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/11/police_end_...

Compressed and dried patties of feces used for fuel to cook.

Dung beetles are beetles that feed partly or exclusively on feces. All of these species belong to the superfamily Scarabaeoidea; most of them to the subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae of the family Scarabaeidae. This beetle can also be referred to as the scarab beetle. As most species of Scarabaeinae feed exclusively on feces, that subfamily is often dubbed true dung beetles. There are dung-feeding beetles which belong to other families, such as the Geotrupidae (the earth-boring dung beetle). The Scarabaeinae alone comprises more than 5,000 species.

 

Seen @ Addo elephant Parc, South-Africa (site of the largest remaining population of the endangered flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus))

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBXmhnf0ryE

I have posted these birds before however, I was able to get very close to this Roadrunner near our driveway. I just rolled down the window and shot.

 

Here are a few interesting facts about them.

 

The legendary roadrunner bird is famous for its distinctive appearance, its ability to eat rattlesnakes and its preference for scooting across the American deserts, as popularized in Warner Bros. cartoons.

 

Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador's cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.

 

It then swallows its prey whole, but is often unable to swallow the entire length at one time. This does not stop the roadrunner from its normal routine. It will continue to meander about with the snake dangling from its mouth, consuming another inch or two as the snake slowly digests.

 

The roadrunner is uniquely suited to a desert environment by a number of physiological and behavioral adaptations:

Its carnivorous habits offer it a large supply of very moist food.

It reabsorbs water from its feces before excretion.

 

A nasal gland eliminates excess salt, instead of using the urinary tract like most birds.

 

It reduces its activity 50% during the heat of midday.

 

Its extreme quickness allows it to snatch a humming bird or dragonfly from midair.

 

Read more: www.desertusa.com/birds/roadrunner-bird.html#ixzz4ZKXVmliS

Kamagong, mabolo (both in Philippines), butter fruit (Singapore) or velvet apple (scientific name: Diospyros blancoi) is a plant of the genus of ebony trees and persimmons, Diospyros. Its edible fruit has a skin covered in a fine, velvety fur which is usually reddish-brown, and soft, creamy, pink flesh, with a taste and aroma comparable to fruit cream cheese (the aroma of the fruit itself, however, is unpleasant, comparable to rotten cheese or cat feces; inspiring names like the French "Caca de Chat" in Reunion). It is native to the Philippines,[1] where kamagong usually refers to the entire tree, and mabolo is applied to the fruit. It is also found in the Micronesian Islands of Palau, known as matib (Palauan). Velvet apple trees rarely found in Sri Lanka too.

 

Locally (In Bangladesh) known as GAAB

ID :- Ishrat Zakia Sultana

 

www.markcarmodyphotography.com/blog

 

The Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis albus), also known as the greater sheathbill, pale-faced sheathbill, mutton bird and paddy, is one of two species of sheathbill and is classified as a wader/shorebird. It is usually found on the ground, only flying when alarmed or during migration. It the only land bird (excluding Penguins) native to Antarctica. It is pure white except for its pink, warty face; its Latin name translates to "snow white". They are commonly known in the Antarctic as "Mutts" because of their call which is a soft "Mutt, mutt, mutt". Alternate names include "Mutton Bird", as the first explorers likened their meat to mutton.

 

They breed on subantarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and the migrates to the Falkland Islands and coastal southern South America in the southern winter; they are the only bird family endemic as breeders to the Antarctic region. They are also the only Antarctic birds without webbed feet. It finds its food on the land. It is an omnivore, a scavenger, and a kleptoparasite. It steals krill and fish from penguins and sometimes eats their eggs and down-covered chicks. It also eats carrion (including seal afterbirths and stillborn seal pups), animal feces, and, where available, human waste. They often follow people working in Antarctica around - just in case some misfortune happens and human might then be on the menu. (wikipedia)

 

This Snowy Sheathbill was hanging around an area where Rockhopper Penguins routinely exited the ocean and headed up to their breeding site on Saunders Island. The Sheathbill was eating the feces deposited by the penguins on the beach. Cool birds though!

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