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Little Eagle [Light Morph] 3994 by DPasschier
Little Eagle [Light Morph] 3994
The little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) is a very small eagle native to Australia, measuring 45–55 cm (17–21.5 inches) in length and weighing 815 g (1.8 lb) – roughly the size of a peregrine falcon. It tends to inhabit open woodland, grassland and arid regions, shunning dense forest. It is a near relative of both the Palearctic booted eagle and the massive but now extinct Haast's eagle of New Zealand.[2]

The little eagle occurs in light and dark colour forms and generally these colours change with age. The most common is the light form which is dark brown occurring on the back and wings with black streaks on the head and neck, and a sandy to pale under body. The dark form of this eagle is similar except the head and under body is usually darker brown or rich rufous. The sexes are similar with females being larger and typically darker. Juveniles are similar to adults but tend to be more strongly rufous in colour with less contrast in patterns (Marchant and Higgins 1993; Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001; Olsen and Fuentes 2004; Debus 1998).

The little eagle was declared as ‘Vulnerable’ in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) “under Section 38 of the Nature Conservation Act 1980”. It was also listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in New South Wales (NSW) in Part 1 of Schedule 2 of “the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995” and Gazetted on 12 February 2012.
The little eagle is listed on the IUCN Red List as of least concern.[1] Reasons for it being classified as 'least concern' are that the bird of prey has a huge range, spanning up to 20,000km2 and the population size is only decreasing at a rate of 10% per ten years or 3 generations, instead of the required 30%.[1] The Red List amended the status of the little eagle from "Not Recognized" in 2006 to "Least Concern".[1] Also, the NSW Scientific Committee has made the determination to list the little eagle as a Vulnerable species under the Vulnerable species listing. The reasons for this listing is the reduction of habitat quality or diversity and genetic diversity

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Peacock 3538 by DPasschier
Peacock 3538

The Indian peacock has iridescent blue and green plumage. The peacock "tail", known as a "train", consists not of tail quill feathers, but highly elongated upper tail coverts. These feathers are marked with eyespots, best seen when a peacock fans his tail. Both sexes of all species have a crest atop the head. The Indian peahen has a mixture of dull grey, brown, and green in her plumage. The female also displays her plumage to ward off female competition or signal danger to her young.

The green peafowl differs from the Indian peafowl in that the male has green and gold plumage with black wings with a sheen of blue. Unlike the Indian peafowl, the green peahen is similar to the male, only having shorter upper tail coverts, a more coppery neck, and overall less iridescence.

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Common Myna 3360 by DPasschier
Common Myna 3360

The common myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled mynah, also sometimes known as "Indian myna",[2] is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.

The range of the common myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests.[3] In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem".[4]

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Bakkar 3080 by DPasschier
Bakkar 3080
I was lucky to meet Bakkar a few weeks before he passed away and would like to share one of the photos I took that day.

The 21-year-old tiger (Bakkar) was put down on Saturday due to ailing health.

"As an elderly tiger he had begun to show a decline in his appearance in recent times and every possible measure was taken to maintain his health, comfort and well-being," the zoo said.

"He remained mobile and alert right up to his last day but the decision was made to humanely euthanise him after his health declined rapidly overnight."

"It's a sad time at the zoo. Unfortunately I think when working with animals we all know when the time's right  and the time unfortunately was right," she said.

Bakkar was born on December 30, 1994.

He lived at Dreamworld and the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo for some time before spending his last 11 years at the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Ms Osterloh said Bakkar was well-known for his "chuff".

"Bakkar was renowned for his vocals and chuffing which is saying hello in tiger talk and that was really quite special," she said.

"You didn't have to be around him for long to actually build  up a really good connection and relationship and bond with him."

The zoo said Bakkar enjoyed the company of people.

"He'd spend most of the days (even when it was cold) over near the viewing window where he could watch the general public, but as soon as people went into the bungalow he'd move there for the night," the zoo said.

"Although he had access to his den as well, he'd usually stay where the people were and many Jamala guests have described how lucky they feel to have had that close connection with him. He was a great ambassador for his species and helped make a significant contribution in raising awareness about the plight of tigers in the wild."

Bengal tigers can live up to 12 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

The zoo said Bakkar outlived his siblings by a long time.

Pink Flamingo.8195 by DPasschier
Pink Flamingo.8195
Flamingos or flamingoes[1] /fləˈmɪŋɡz/ are a type of wading bird in the genus Phoenicopterus, the only genus in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in the Old World.

Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other leg tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behaviour is not fully understood. Recent research indicates that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water.[14] However, the behaviour also takes place in warm water. As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom.[citation needed]

Young flamingos hatch with greyish reddish plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta-Carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored and thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception; many turn a pale pink as they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild.

Flamingos filter-feed on brine shrimp and blue-green algae. Their beaks are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they eat, and are uniquely used upside-down. The filtering of food items is assisted by hairy structures called lamellae which line the mandibles, and the large rough-surfaced tongue. The pink or reddish color of flamingos comes from carotenoids in their diet of animal and plant plankton. These carotenoids are broken down into pigments by liver enzymes.[15] The source of this varies by species, and affects the saturation of color. Flamingos whose sole diet is blue-green algae are darker in color compared to those who get it second hand (e.g. from animals that have digested blue-green algae).

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Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2008, 11:04 PM
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               Blue Horizon by DPasschier Point Of View by DPasschier Cold Steel by DPasschier
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                   Tess by DPasschierCorner Stone by DPasschierBalance by DPasschierWatch Your Step by DPasschier              
                Woman by DPasschier The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschier Woman 3 by DPasschier
                 Bloodsports 2 by DPasschier Strattons Hotel by DPasschier Bloodsports 1 by DPasschier

               Blue Wren by DPasschier

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                Agent Smith by Tbopi What is zis? by Tbopi Arcanine by Tbopi
                Donald Duck in MS Paint by Tbopi Large Body Heartless by Tbopi Donald Duck in MS Paint 4 by Tbopi


Sleepy heads by TPBug Cooper by TPBug Its a pony by TPBug                         
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PhotoDragonBird Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to the group WeLoveBirds! I am glad that you joined! :-)
I look forward to your contributions. :-)
DPasschier Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you :)
PhotoDragonBird Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure. :-) by PhotoDragonBird
sockhiddenunderarook Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning photos 
DPasschier Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016
Thank you :)
MollyMcMolly Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the llama!
DPasschier Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
You're welcome :)
Storiel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww amazing photos!
DPasschier Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
Thank you :)
emcorpus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Good morning, Dick. Greetings to you from California, where I'm many hours behind you. Thank you for dropping by and viewing my work, and for the llama. Thank you especially for sharing your own fine photographic art -- and what is obviously a considerable knowledge of nature subjects.
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