Whatever Weds. This and That

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I thought I’d share several images I’ve made in the last few weeks and have been working on to share.

Golden Hour over the 13th Fairway, the Eastern Sierras, and the marsh.

Golden Hour on the Eastern Sierras and Neighborhood

A new bird for me! A Rough-winged Swallow with lunch.  If I have not made the correct ID for this one please let me know!

Roughed-winged Swallow with Lunch

Last Friday a friend came up for a Doctor’s appointment and spent the night, but after her appointment, we went out exploring my area looking for some Nevada Wild Mustangs; we had Lady Luck with us b/c we found a small band!  Doing a little research we discovered that this  Black/Blue Stallion is Zorro.

Zorro

Here’s one of Zorro’s band members with some Hitchhikers.

Wild Mustang with Birds out for a ride

I’m looking forward to getting to know the Wild Mustangs of Nevada and this band.

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Robben Island and Mauritius heritage site ink ‘twinning’ deal; IOL

All About World Heritage Sites

South Africa – Robben Island

Two Unesco World Heritage Sites have signed a twinning agreement that will solidify their links.

Robben Island Museum and Le Morne Cultural Landscape, in Mauritius, have joined forces.

Both these sites are a symbol of cultural diplomacy.

“As a World Heritage Site, continuous innovation and capacity building is key as stipulated by its Capacity Building Strategy, adopted by the World Heritage Committee in 2011,” says Robben Island Museum’s chief heritage officer Pascall Taruvinga.

“The strategy responds to the identified needs of a diverse and growing audience for capacity building for World Heritage conservation and management activities.

‘‘Development of resource materials such as best practice case studies and communication tools are among the activities foreseen by the strategy.

“Therefore, the twinning agreement between the museum and Le Morne Cultural Landscape is a fulfilment of this strategy.

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Birds of the World 1-5

Kayla Fisk

So to start this project once a week I will do a blog post featuring the most recent birds drawn with a little background and information on each of the species featured.

001: Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

The dark-eyed junco is a medium sized sparrow that is found in Canada during its breeding season but during winter will migrate down into most of the rest of North America. This species has 15 distinct races with 6 being easily recognised in the field, the drawing above is the slate colored race that is mostly found in eastern united states and Canada.

They are primarily seed eaters that forage on the ground but during the nesting season they will eat insects such as moths, caterpillars, beetles and insects. This species can also be commonly seen at many bird feeders during the winter months. Their nests will typically be in a depression on…

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The smallest bird in the world

Kayla Fisk

One amazing thing about the bird world is its incredible biodiversity, one of the many factors that play into this is their difference in size.

In the dense woodlands and forest edges of Cuba, the smallest species of birds can be found. Flitting from flower to flower the near threatened Bee Hummingbird ( Mellisuga helenae) may be seen as it feeds on their nectar.

Measuring on average only 2.29 inches long and with a wingspan of only about 1.28 inches with females being slightly larger than males these birds win the title of being the smallest birds in the world. On top of that they only weigh on average 1.95 g, that is less than the weight of a dime! These little hummers are only about the size of a bee which led to their given common name. These little birds can apear like jewels as the light reflects and…

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