Saturday picture show

egret stealing fish

Today was market and gardening day, and I’m feeling quite lazy. So I’m handing you off to the Guardian, which has a wonderful batch of photos in its “week in wildlife” series. The sample above is my favorite — egrets are such opportunists. But I also enjoyed the recent discovery that male splendid fairy wrens use the “scary movie effect” to get the attention of females. Personally I think their plumage alone is attention-worthy, but female splendid fairy wrens are apparently harder to please. (Bonus factoid: These birds are socially monogamous for life, but do most of their mating outside of the pair bond. I wonder what would happen to the divorce rate if humans tried that?)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Saturday picture show

  1. Power Wench says:

    Surprised your favorite wasn’t the Snow Leopard in the snow!

    • oregon expat says:

      Loved that one too. What got me about the egret photo was the expression on the face of the man looking at it. And then I wondered if the woman carrying the basket could feel the egret landing…

  2. Karen says:

    “Splendid fairy wren” has to be the best bird name, ever.

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