Friday, August 29, 2008

Afternoon Feed

A quick video of a flock Swallows (Hirundo Neoxena) feeding on small aquatic insects.

I filmed this just last week (early August) and this scene replays itself every afternoon.

I will be interested to see how long it continues, as it will possibly depend on the transformation of the insects from aquatic to airborne creatures.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Conspiracy of Science - Earth is in fact growing

An interesting theory I came across some time ago.
Makes fascinating viewing.

If this does not link, It can be found here.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Thinking about Spring

Although the air is still cold, as the above vapor trails demonstrate, rare glimpses of spring are already underway and an awareness of this is apparent with the behavior of various birds in the area.
Denis Wilson, a bird watcher extraordinaire, told me to keep an eye open this season as it is proving to be a time of great interest for such activity.

Water fowl are already pairing off, with great squabbles over prospective mates....

Magpies have already begun swooping other birds around the nearby nesting site they have chosen and are already gathering building materials.

The kookaburras think the whole matter one of great hilarity...

Creatures, such as this Millipede, have also been seen out and about during the warmth of midday ....

Yes, winter has not let go of its grip yet though many are anticipating its arrival as the days slowly get longer...

With a veranda that will serve as a perfect watch platform this year, I shall follow the progression with interest.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

A day at the zoo

Whats better than spending a day than to visit the zoo?
Spending a day to visit a zoo that works at preserving rare and endangered animals.

This site is dedicated to the wonders of nature, so it seems only fitting to give a mention to a great zoo that helps, through breeding programs, to save some of the animals most under pressure of extinction.

I am, of course, speaking of Mogo Zoo.

Located just south of Batemans Bay, on the far south coast of NSW, it is a well planned and growing concern.

I have posted pictures of some of the interesting creatures that can be found there....enjoy.

This Golden Lion Tamarin (above) is one of the most endangered primates in the world and was great to see at such close range.
Indeed most of the animals were able to be seen at very close quarters, such as these Cotton Top Tamarins pictured below....

There were a great range of primates....

Everyone seemed very relaxed in a environment that suited their needs well...

Not everyone way having a nap and the Meerkats were willing to have a family portrait done...

You could be forgiven, at times, feeling you were in the heart of Africa......

There is even a good collection of large cats....including a large pride of White Lions.....

Yes, it was a big day for all....

If you are interested in seeing this great zoo, check out their website for more info.

There are memberships and animal adoption schemes also available.