Post by afriendlychicken on Apr 4, 2010 20:22:02 GMT -5
The Lyre bird is amazing. Not only is he re-creating the sound of a camera, it also seems to be trying to imitate the whispering of the people taking the picture.
Here's one I see every so often:
It's called an Amakihi, and belongs to the honey-creeper (fringillidae) family. They are 3-5 inches long. You can see them throughout Hawai'i island, especially at Hawai'i Volcano's National Park, and around Haleakala on Maui. On rare occasions, I've seen a few in the trees surrounding my house. I have a hard time describing their call, so I copied this from http://www.mauiforestbirds.org: "Their call notes include a buzzy "tzeet", an upslurred "queet", and a thin "zeek". Amakihi song is a loud trill that maintains a fairly level pitch, swelling in intensity in the middle. They also have a complex, canary-like whisper song."
Not that the cinema-goer is to be blamed for his poor taste - life doesn't give us all the same opportunities for developing our aesthetic perceptions. That's where the real difficulty lies. - Andrei Tarkovsky
TODAY'S HOROSCOPE: "Beware of Leos."
"Turkey is made out of three parts. White meat, dark meat and the parts I get" - Jack Benny
I love bird watching. I keep a pair of binoculars at work to watch the birds. We get a decent amount of activity. I've seen the usuals like crows, blue jays, robins and cardinals. I've also seen northern flickers, pileated woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, juncos and a great horned owl that had two owlets. Recently a female cardinal decided to start attacking the side mirrors on cars in the parking lot. I'm surprised I get anything done at work.
Today I saw a Great Blue Heron flying by my college. Completely made my day.
I used to walk over the Morrison Bridge on my way to work each morning, and at least once a week I'd see a heron on his way to... fish, I guess. It was pretty cool because sometimes, being a bridge, he'd only be 15 feet or so over my head. They're pretty majestic in flight despite the "giant Adam's apple" look.
It's a very important practice to wash your hands each time after going to the toilet.