Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2009

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 579 – 520 – 192 – 178 – 169 out of 195 candidates registered. I am in second place. If you’ve already voted, then please encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to vote for the person whom you think would be best for this unique…

tags: Michael Jackson, Moonwalking Bird, birds, behavior, funny, streaming video I am an ornithologist and aviculturist, which means that I research birds scientifically as well as breeding and raising them. So after the shock of Michael Jackson’s sudden death wore off, I wanted to share a bird lover’s farewell to Michael with you [1:15]

tags: Ranunculaceae, Gardening, Horticulture, Botany, nature, image of the day Purple Clematis, in the Ranunculaceae family (not sure which species this is). Photographed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on West 81st street at Central Park West. Passersby were curious as to why I was crawling into a shrub, until after I emerged and they saw…

tags: mystery bird, identify this bird, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Wattled Starlings, Creatophora cinerea, perched on Plains (Grant’s) Zebra, Equus quagga boehmi, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Africa. [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 3 August 2006 [larger view]. Nikon D2H, 200-400 VR lens at…

tags: Bat Falcon, Falco rufigularis, South America, nature, National Geographic, streaming video This female bat falcon, Falco rufigularis, makes dazzling mid-air catches over Mayan ruins in Guatemala to feed her chicks [2:15]

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 504 – 481 – 180 – 158 – 140 out of 183 candidates registered. I am in second place. If you’ve already voted, then please encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to vote for the person whom you think would be best for this unique…

To My Friend: In Loving Memory

tags: Dahlia, Gardening, Horticulture, Botany, nature, image of the day Dahlias. Photographed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on West 81st street at Central Park West. Image: GrrlScientist, 29 June 2009 [larger view].

Birds in the News 177

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter The first Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher chicks, Terpsiphone corvina, to fledge successfully outside La Digue Island, Seychelles for over 60 years are flying on Denis Island. Image: David Hosking [larger view].

tags: Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus, photographed at Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is taking nesting materials back to the rock, where many of these birds were busy nesting. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Terry Sohl, 8…

Antarctica in Five Minutes

tags: Antarctica, environment, nature, streaming video This is a video of a trip to Antarctica, including some lovely images of seals, penguins, gulls and other seabirds and breaching humpback whales! [4:48]