Sunday, October 15, 2017

BEAUTIFUL HAWK ON MY BIRD BATH

BEAUTIFUL HAWK ON MY BIRD BATH

Look at this beautiful hawk sitting on my bird bath. From the really noisy hawk sounds, I've been thinking there was a hawk's nest in my neighbor's tree. Look how huge it is!! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SILVERBACK BUKIMA DISPLAYS STUNNING LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE

SILVERBACK BUKIMA DISPLAYS STUNNING LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK
I found a link to this article on facebook.  I love animal behavior!
 Ensnared Mayani (center) was sandwiched between sub-adult Buzara and dominant silverback Bukima when the team arrived. The snare can be seen on Mayani’s left hand. The tail of the snare is draped over Buzara’s back.
Gorilla Doctors Eddy Kambale and Martin Kabuyaya are no strangers to mountain gorilla intelligence, but what happened during a recent intervention left them in complete awe. Responding to a call from Southern Sector Warden, Innocent Mburanumwe, the Gorilla Doctors and a team of Virunga rangers headed up to Bukima to locate the Rugendo group and remove a deadly snare from the arm of young Mayani. Performing a procedure on a young gorilla is always challenging because the natural instinct of the family — especially the silverbacks — is to protect the young. Because the Rugendo group has three silverbacks and a blackback on the cusp of full maturity, this intervention had the distinct possibility of becoming difficult and dangerous. As expected, several of the silverbacks charged the team in an attempt to protect Mayani from the perceived threat. What transpired next, though, left everyone stunned. The dominant silverback of the group, Bukima, began chasing the others away from the Gorilla Doctors. Bukima then proceeded to maintain a safe perimeter for Dr. Eddy as he worked to remove the snare. Bukima clearly knew that Dr. Eddy and the rangers were there to help. And, he also knew that as the leader of the group, it was his job to manage the situation.
Silverback Bukima helps protect Dr. Eddy Kambale as he waits for Mayani’s anaesthesia to take full effect
Mayani with silverback Bukima after the snare was removed. Mayani’s wound is healing and he is expected to make a full recovery.
In the words of Dr. Eddy Kambale, “it was truly an amazing intervention”. We couldn’t agree more. 
 Posted by Robert Williams - September 11, 2017
virunga.org/news/silverback-bukima

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ELEPHANT CALF HELPS MOM CHARGE TOURISTS

Little one on a rampage.
Listen to his tiny trumpet.  Cutest thing ever!
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Friday, August 11, 2017

MAMA ELEPHANT & TINY NEWBORN

MAMA ELEPHANT & TINY NEWBORN

"MOM GENTLY GUIDING HER NEWBORN CALF OFF INTO THE SUNSET"
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

TWO BULLFROG TADPOLES FOR MY FISH POND

Today I got two bullfrog tadpoles for my fish pond. 
They're huge!
 Will enjoy watching them turn into a big green spotted frog.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

BIRDHOUSES & CANNA LILIES

BIRDHOUSES & CANNA LILIES

This morning I was looking at the birdhouses around my yard. 
They really need a new coat of paint.
I'll do that when the birds have finished nesting.
Through the years, I have added more and more.
I love the way they look and it gives the birds a choice when they're looking for the best and safest place to build their nests.  The little wrens sleep in the houses at night.
Years ago, I was painting in a home out in the country.There was a broken trunk of a cedar elm and I noticed two titmice going back and forth feeding their babies.
 They had built their nest in the opening of the broken trunk.
  After that, I started putting some of the birdhouses on 4x4's.
My salmon cannas have started blooming.  Yesterday, I noticed a family of blue jays playing around nearby.  I'm sure the baby blue jays were learning to fly.  They landed on my canna bloom and bent it.  So, I put these trellises out this morning for the birds to land on, instead of my cannas.  Hopefully!  I love trellises and I have a lot of them.
 I keep them in flower beds for the birds to land on and I get to see who is visiting my yard.
When they're up in the trees you really can't see them.
This is a very tall sunflower plant.  The birds planted it for me. 
 It's almost finished blooming and the flowers are drying.  
I'll put them in the backyard so the birds can eat the sunflower seeds.
This is such a good time of year, but it's getting really hot in south Texas.
I hope you are enjoying the wildlife in your yard, too.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SIGNS OF A FAWN IN DISTRESS

SIGNS OF A FAWN IN DISTRESS

No automatic alt text available."Ears are straight, fawn is great.  Ears are curled, fawn is alone in the world."  Look at the ears before picking up a fawn.  It takes a few days of not eating for the ears to curl.  Here's a photo of both scenarios.

WILD HEART RANCH

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"YOUR HEAD IS A LIVING FOREST FULL OF SONG BIRDS"

e.e. cummings ~ BETH CONKLIN ART

"YOUR HEAD IS A LIVING FOREST FULL OF SONG BIRDS"
e.e. cummings
ART BY BETH CONKLIN
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

ZEBRA CROSSING THE RIVER ~ LIONS WATCHING

ZEBRA CROSSING THE RIVER ~ LIONS WATCHING

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A BLIND HORSE & HIS BEST FRIEND

A BLIND HORSE & HIS BEST FRIEND

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

KITTEN LOVE ~ I LOVE KITTENS

KITTEN LOVE ~ I LOVE KITTENS

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"IT'S NICE TO HAVE A FRIEND WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT"
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

HAND PAINTED ~ TROMPE L'OEIL ~ BIRD NEST & EGGS

HAND PAINTED ~ TROMPE L'OEIL ~ BIRD NEST & EGGS

There are three nests in my yard right now. 
I can hear the babies in the nest in the front yard.
Sweet baby birds!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

THREE LION CUBS ~ KATAVI NATIONAL PARK TANZANIA

THREE LION CUBS

THREE LION CUBS
 photographed in Katavi National Park Tanzania 
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

HIMALAYAN MONAL ~ NATIONAL BIRD OF NEPAL

HIMALAYAN MONAL ~ NATIONAL BIRD OF NEPAL

MONAL
HIMALAYAN MONAL  http://birdsanddaffodilsbylyndabergman.blogspot.com/2017/02/himalayan-monal-national-bird-of-nepal.html:

Himalayan Monal (male) by Aditya Chavan
also known as the Impeyan pheasant. It is the national bird of Nepal.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

YELLOW GROSBEAK RARE SIGHTING

YELLOW GROSBEAK RARE SIGHTING

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Rare black-and-yellow grosbeak (male)
 in Uttarakhand (India), 
photo by Aditya Chavan

Thursday, February 16, 2017

ROAD RAGE IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT

ROAD RAGE IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MAN HELPS BABY ROBIN FIND TASTY WORMS

MAN HELPS BABY ROBIN FIND TASTY WORMS

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"Occurred on May 31st, 2015 / Green Brook New Jersey, USA A man uncovers and points out many worms for a hungry baby robin."