"The ‘teeth’ you see in the photo […] aren’t the same as the things you and I carry around in our gums. Unlike lizards and mammals, somewhere during their evolution birds lost the ability to produce enamel. Enamel is the tough white stuff that coats our teeth and which makes them so hard. So those goose teeth won’t be as hard as your own but they would still come in handy cutting through things like grass. They would also let the goose get a better grip on slippery things like snails. What this photo shows is a row of sharp points, or serrations, inside the beak. Scientists have a word to describe those serrated birds’ ‘teeth’. They call them tomia.” (via Mark David)
The coolest falcon I ever met + gpoy with an owl, two years ago. I took a LOT of photos of these birds (and the castle in the background) and only edited & published a few. Might be time to take a second look at that folder. Was thinking about Ireland this week since it’s St. Patrick’s Day (on Sunday). This was about three weeks before my mom died, so I was sad, but I remember this trip and these birds were a bright spot.
(Source: Flickr / westwhim)
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Flamingos take refuge in a bathroom at Miami-Metro Zoo, Sept. 14, 1999 as tropical-storm force winds from Hurricane Floyd approached the Miami area.
What a great photo. It should be a painting. Is it a painting? It should be a painting.
"Clever bird fine tunes its fishing technique with a small scrap of bread."
"There are a number of things which separate the burrowing owl from other species. The first clue is in the name. Another is that they are the smallest species of owl on the planet and more often or not they do not weigh more than half a pound and reach around ten inches in height. They also come out in the day time, unlike most other owls." (The Burrowing Owl: The Smallest Species of Owl)