[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 2 points 2 hours ago

As long as someone is watching out for the kookaburras!

The miners sound like very loud Guinea pigs.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 8 points 2 hours ago* (last edited 2 hours ago)

I tried to look them up and didn't find much, but I did find this:

The Seven Principles of the Japan French Fries Association:

  1. Love French fries and eat them at least once a week.

  2. Eat all the French fries you are served.

  3. Do not pressure others to like French fries as you do.

  4. Do not persecute those who dislike French fries.

  5. Do not blame French fries for making you fat.

  6. Do not use French fries to commit a crime.

  7. Honor and respect those who grow potatoes.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 3 points 4 hours ago

If they sell the potato-based pun shirts, I'm in!


We've had a ton of great Buffy Fish Owl pics on here since it's great showing in Owl of the Year, but I think this is the first one I've come across where it's actually in the air!

Photo by Dan Kev

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 16 points 5 hours ago

Did some more digging to get us some more helpful info here. I assembled quotes from 3 articles to make you guys a more cohesive story. Take that AI, I'm coming for your jobs! 😆

First quote is from OP's PBS article. The rest is assembled from this BBC article, and this other article that the BBC referred to for their info.

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India, where the poor cannot afford licensed brands from government-run shops. The illicit liquor, which is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency, has also become a hugely profitable industry as bootleggers pay no taxes and sell enormous quantities of their product to the poor at a cheap rate.

The district police had arrested one person on Wednesday, June 19, identified as Kannukutty (49). He is accused of peddling the liquor. The police had also seized 200 litres of liquor from his possession. According to the police, Kannukutty had mixed methanol in the country liquor and had sold it in packets.

Family members of the deceased, however, told TNM that the police are complicit. "Illicit liquor is regularly sold in this area. The police know. If someone complains, they will stop for 10 days but resume again. If a person complains, the police will tip the peddler off on who raised the complaint and immediately, that person is threatened by the peddlers. That's why people have refrained from complaining. The peddlers definitely pay a sum of money to the police to continue selling illicit liquor," a family member of a victim said.

Another family member of the victim added that Karunapuram's Dalit Colony has seen the most number of deaths. "The sale of illicit liquor is so rampant here that even 13 and 15-year-old boys are being sold packets by peddlers. These peddlers are now also selling Marijuana. Today, despite so many deaths, no one apart from the Tahsildar and a few police have come to this Dalit Colony. We want the officials to initiate strict action and put an end to the sale of drugs and illicit liquor," she added.

A day earlier, Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed his shock over the tragic incident and announced actions against officials who failed to prevent it. In a post on X, MK Stalin said, “I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of the deaths of people who had consumed adulterated liquor in Kallakurichi. Those involved in the crime have been arrested in this matter. Action has also been taken against the officials who failed to prevent it.

Authorities have also suspended a senior police official and ten members of the state's prohibition enforcement wing - which overseas the smuggling of illicit alcohol in the state - for negligence.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced a compensation of 1m rupees ($12,000; £9,425) to families of those who have died and 50,000 rupees each to those who are hospitalised.

It may be noted that earlier, in May 2023 as well, 22 persons lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor in Villupuram and Chengalpattu districts of Tamil Nadu. The Villupuram police had confirmed that the fatalities were due to the presence of methanol in the spurious alcohol consumed.

"The deaths caused by illicit liquor in the past two years under the DMK [Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam] regime have decelerated Tamil Nadu by four decades, taking us back to the 1980s," said K Annamalai, the state chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He demanded that the minister in charge of overseeing the sale of alcohol should resign immediately.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 2 points 5 hours ago

I've read the leucism develops when the nerves and sense organ are developing as well, so they typically have bad eyesight and other nerve problems, so they typically do not fare well.

You're here pretty often, so you probably saw the big post about the leucistic GHO I shared a while back, but if not, I can find you a link.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 2 points 5 hours ago

Sonny was so beautiful and sweet. He was even good for the trainer considering how gross it was outside. It really made me think about what the west coast is going to do with them and that made me sad. So many like him will be lost due to no fault of their own.

I had a juvenile RTH that tried raiding the birds at my feeder. I saw him succeed once. He corned some finch in a shrub and the finch bolted, but did not do it fast enough. It tried to go after the bluejays once, but they were not going to take that kind of behavior from him and they drove him off.

Surprise! (lemmy.world)
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Photos by Guilong Charles Chen

I had a unique experience with this barred owl while I was in the woods. I didn't see her until I was way too close. We locked eyes for a few seconds, and then she flew straight toward me and passed me by inches. My shutter speed wasn't fast enough to freeze the wings, but I rather enjoy the blurred effect. That face! I was in heaven.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 4 points 12 hours ago

I really like this. I'm not sure if this is the first I actually got to see how BirdPi maps the data, but that looks very easy to read.

Was going to complain about a noticeable lack of kookaburra, but then I noticed something called a "noisy miner."

I love that yellow at the eye. It gives it such an intense look along with that very pointed face. Made me think of the classic dramatic prairie dog.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 6 points 21 hours ago

This GHO had some huge plumicorns!

This owl was very much indicating how it did not like this heat! It was panting hard and did not look to be enjoying itself. This was the first animal I saw when I got there and the last when I left, and it had this intense, wide eyed look the entire time.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 6 points 21 hours ago

One of 2 Peregrine falcons. Huge fan of their striped pajama pants!

They also had some very huge Red Tailed Hawks, a Rough Legged Hawk, and one other that I can't remember.

[-] anon6789@lemmy.world 7 points 21 hours ago

You have no idea how sad I was that I couldn't photograph Sonny! He spent almost the whole time sitting literally inches from me. He looked so beautiful in person, and seemed so gentle! Every now and then, he would ever so softly hoot at me. 🥰

A lady at the facility talked to me for a while as she worked on his crate training. She got him to follow food until he went in an animal crate. Even with food, owls still don't like to cooperate. If they're full enough, they won't budge. After he'd finally hop inside, she'd carefully shut the door and tilt the box a little this way and that to get him used to being transported for his checkups.

She said owls generally don't mind the crates since it's like a tree hollow they would normally live in.

I believe they had 4 other Barred Owls.

This was literally the only spot in the park without netting! This one was tied for hottest owl along with the GHO. Those 2 were panting as much as I was!

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Finally got to make a return visit to the first owl rehab I visited. The Raptor Trust is a nice medical and rehab facility in northern NJ.

It's a great facility to look around, but picture taking is absolutely terrible. They have very fine netting on all the enclosures. Most of my pics look like this, no matter how hard I tried.

I'll share a few I got where you can actually see the birds. The post picture is of the most beautiful Barred Owl they had, Sonny.

Canadian GHO (lemmy.world)

Photo by Kevin Eisler

I love seeing owls with different color plumage!

This owl is from Manitoba, so coming from a different climate, it has a different color than more southern GHOs.

There is such an endless variety of owls!


From the Owl Research Institute

We're excited to share that our ongoing project on predation and nesting outcomes in Short-eared Owls in the Mission Valley is yielding some promising results! This year we have located over 30 Short-eared Owl nests (NEW RECORD).

This year's breeding season began early and continues to produce more nests. We anticipate finding a few more before the season ends!

The breeding season for Short-eared Owls extends from March through July and August. During this crucial period, please be mindful of ground-nesting birds and avoid disturbing their habitats. Many nests fail and birds are klled due to mowing, haying, grazing. herbicide application, and spring burning. Young birds just learning how to fly can often be hit by cars so please drive cautiously on back roads.

Photo 1: Short-eared Owl chick after banding (approx 5 weeks old)

Take A Load Off (lemmy.world)

From Ojai Raptor Center

Sometimes, you just need to take a load off. Take an example from this little Great Horned Owl baby relaxing in our incubator, waiting for room service to bring his meal, and take it easy this weekend.


Photos by Randy Bennett


Photo by Harold Wilion

I find it amazing how owls, both young and old, love climbing or flying to the very top of a tree where they don't even have enough room to put both feet. There are millions of horizontal branches in the woods where they could just stand with no effort, but they insist on perching on these spikes where even the slightest breeze makes them flap around trying to maintain their balance. Maybe to them it's just a game. A game I love to watch seeing that I'm the kind of guy that has trouble standing on a sidewalk without tumbling over.


Photo by Brian Santos

From Wikipedia:

The Philippine scops owl is a fairly small-to-mid-sized species of owl, but is arguably the largest true species of scops owl. Adults measure from 23 to 28 cm (9.1 to 11.0 in). Their body mass can range from 125 to 310 g (4.4 to 10.9 oz), with females often considerably larger than males.


Great set of photos of a Barn Owl on the hunt.

Photos by Trevor Stutter

A Barn Owl near the Suffolk coast in the UK. It's the first time l've photographed one with prey and it was out and about for about two and a half hours and caught about 8 voles taking them back to its nest somewhere on the other side of the field.


Photos from Cody Julie Davis

I recently came upon a rather precarious scene, flushed up about 15 Crows and as I drew closer an Owl shot up out of the tall grass and landed in a nearby tree. I'm assuming the Crows had it cornered and were beating it up. The Owl stretched and tried to dry out, and upon taking off for the trees a few Crows were back after it. I was thinking maybe this was a juvenile and it exposed itself too much and the Crows took advantage. I hope things worked out!


In the recent post about UV aging a bird, one of the things that came up is the brood patch, which I don't think we've covered yet.

Owls will remove a patch of down to both insulate the nest and to get better heat conduction with the eggs.

From the Owl Research Institute

The first time I saw a brood patch - especially visible on a Snowy Owl - I was mystified and concerned. It just didn't look right. I went on to learn that it is exactly right - a perfectly developed adaptation to ensure that eggs are incubated properly. An especially relevant issue in the Arctic.

Female Snowy Owls will lay three to eleven white eggs on a ground nest. The number of eggs depends on how much food is available in a given season. Snowy Owls have an instinctive sense of how many chicks lemming numbers can support. For example, if an area's vole population is high, a female Snowy Owl might lay nine eggs. If the vole population is low, she might lay just three eggs, or she may not nest at all.

Eggs are usually laid two to three days apart. They will hatch in this same order. During the incubation period, the female loses the feathers on her belly in order to transfer more body heat to the eggs. This is called a brood patch and she presses this warm, bare skin against the eggs. She lies on the nest in the incubation position, with her head low and stomach down, keeping the eggs warm all the time. Extra blood vessels infuse this patch of skin with extra warmth enabling the female Snowy to act as a warm blanket over her clutch of eggs.

When Snowy Owls lay eggs on their Arctic breeding grounds, it is often still frozen and even ice covered. To see eggs - something that needs to be constantly warm in order to develop - in the harshness of an Arctic landscape seems like an impossible combination. But Snowy Owls - with the help of their brood patch - certainly have it down.

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