Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The bee eaters passerine birds

The bee-eaters are a group of near-passerine birds in the family Meropidae containing three genera and 27 species. Most species are found in Africa and Asia, with a few in southern Europe, Australia, and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies, and usually elongated central tail feathers. All have long down-turned bills and medium to long wings, which may be pointed or round. Male and female plumages are usually similar.

As they're name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat flying insects, especially bees and wasps, which are caught in the air by flights from an open perch. The stinger is removed by repeatedly hitting and rubbing the insect on a hard surface. During this process, pressure is applied to the insect, thereby extracting most of the venom.

Most bee-eaters are gregarious. They form colonies, nesting in burrows tunnelled into vertical sandy banks, often at the side of a river or in flat ground. As they mostly live in colonies, large numbers of nest holes may be seen together. The eggs are white, with typically five to the clutch. Most species are monogamous, and both parents care for the young, sometimes with assistance from related birds in the colony.

Bee-eaters may be killed by raptors; there nests are raided by rodents and snakes, and they can carry various parasites. Some species are adversely affected by human activity or habitat loss, but none meet the International Union for Conservation of Nature's vulnerability criteria, and all are therefore evaluated as "least concern". They're conspicuous appearance means that they have been mentioned by ancient writers and incorporated into mythology.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

What are Drunken Trees?

Drunken trees are a stand of trees displaced from their normal vertical alignment. This most commonly occurs in northern subarctic taiga forests of black spruce under which intermittent permafrost or ice wedges have melted, causing trees to tilt at various angles. Some trees survive their soil eroding and continue to grow. Others collapse or drown as the subterranean ice melts. As they are staggered across the landscape, people often refer to them as 'drunken trees.'
Drunken Trees are also called, tilted trees, or a drunken forest may also be caused by frost heaving, and subsequent palsa development, hummocks, earth flows, forested active rock glaciers, landslides, or earthquakes. In stands of spruce trees of equal age that germinated in the permafrost active layer after a fire. They tilting begin when the trees are 50 to 100 years old, suggesting that surface heaving from new permafrost aggradation can also create drunken forests.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

The Golden Pheasant - Chrysolophus pictus

The golden pheasant or Chinese pheasant is a gamebird of the order Galliformes and the family Phasianidae. The genus name is from Ancient Greek khrusolophos, "with golden crest", and pictus is Latin for "painted" from pingere, "to paint". It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the Falkland Islands, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Winter in Hawaii From Above

Acadia National Park - 4K Hyperlapse/Timelapse

I visited Acadia National Park in Maine last month for the first time and was taken aback by the natural beauty of the landscape. During the week I spent on Mount Desert Island, I shot timelapses and hyperlapses whenever I could in an attempt to capture that beauty. I frequently post my adventures to Instagram and my photography can be found on my Flickr page but be sure to follow me here on Vimeo if you'd like to catch my full timelapse projects. Music by the talented Nick Rice:
Soundcloud.com/nickrice I shot with a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm, Nikon 35,50, and 85mm D series lenses, Dynamic Perception and eMotimo Motion Control systems, and an Induro carbon fiber tripod. For inquiries about licensing any of my footage, contact me at Mw.Irion@gmail.com

Acadia National Park - 4K Hyperlapse/Timelapse from Mark Irion on Vimeo.

Friday, 2 October 2015

A Rare Picture of white peacock blue feathers

A rare picture of white peacock blue feathers is what is the bird with most beautiful feathers?” the answer is definitely going to be Peacock The feathers of Peacocks are so beautifully designed.

The way to paradise,sao,miguel,azore portugal.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Mysterious Things in The World

Julia Roberts is breaking the internet with this video!
Posted by Mysterious Things in The World on Thursday, May 28, 2015