South Pacific Islands

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Category archives for South Pacific Islands

tags: Paleontology, birds, Genyornis newtoni, rock art, aboriginal peoples, Archaeology, Australia, Niwarla Gabarnmung, Arnhem Land, Flinders University Australia’s oldest painting? A red ochre rock art depiction of two emu-like birds (Genyornis newtoni?) with their necks outstretched. Image: Ben Gunn [larger view] An Australian Aboriginal rock art may depict a giant bird that is thought to…

Spondylus Imperialis Oyster

tags: molluscs, Spondylus Imperialis Oyster, travel, Luonnontieteellinen keskusmuseo, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day, photography Spondylus Imperialis Oyster? Photographed in the Luonnontieteellinen keskusmuseo, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 18 May 2010 [larger view] Canon SX100 IS.

tags: Oriental Dwarf-Kingfisher, Ceyx erithaca, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Oriental Dwarf-Kingfisher, Ceyx erithaca, photographed “somewhere” in Indonesia. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: a herpetologist photographed this bird while visiting the islands of Indonesia [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your…

tags: evolutionary biology, immunology, immune response, antibodies, parasite, avian pox virus, Poxvirus avium, nest fly, Philornis downsi, birds, ornithology, Darwin’s Finches, Medium Ground Finch, Geospiza fortis, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper A male Medium Ground Finch, Geospiza fortis, sits on a tree branch in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Image: Jen Koop. People often view…

tags: nature, birds, New Guinea, Black Sickle Bill Bird of Paradise, Epimachus fastuosus, Bruce Beehler, streaming video This streaming video is a clip from 60 Minutes where Bob Simon and Bruce Beehler, a scientist from Conservation International, head off into the New Guinea wilderness in search of the Black Sickle Bill Bird of Paradise, Epimachus…

tags: South Pacific Islands, Indonesia, Sumatra, geology, nature, volcano, global warming, Lake Toba, PBS, NOVA, television Sixty-two-mile-long Lake Toba, seen in the center of this satellite image, was created by the largest explosive volcanic eruption of the past 100,000 years — an eruption whose aftermath holds important clues for us today about rapid climate change,…

Tuna Fishing in the South Pacific

tags: South Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, subsistence fishing, tuna fishing, documentary, BBC Two, streaming video This fascinating video shows how South Pacific islanders fish for Skipjack Tuna for commercial export using hook, line and pole. Skipjack Tuna are more able to withstand the pressures of commercial fishing than other tuna species because they reach sexual…

tags: South Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, subsistence fishing, spider web fishing, documentary, BBC Two, streaming video This fascinating video shows how South Pacific islanders from the Solomon Islands archipelago use webs spun by a particular species of spider to catch a particular species of fish. If you have adequate wifi support, you should watch this…

tags: Rimatara Lorikeet, Kuhl’s Lory, Vini kuhlii, ‘Ura, conservation, endangered species, Fiji, streaming video This informative video discusses the conservation of one of my research birds, the Rimatara (Kuhl’s) Lory, Vini kuhlii, known by the natives as the ‘Ura. Not only is this bird’s story interesting, but it also exemplifies the complications and challenges of…

tags: Rimatara Lorikeet, Kuhl’s Lory, Vini kuhlii, ‘Ura, conservation, endangered species, Fiji, streaming video This informative video discusses the conservation of one of my research birds, the Rimatara (Kuhl’s) Lory, Vini kuhlii, known by the natives as the ‘Ura. Not only is this bird’s story interesting, but it also exemplifies the complications and challenges of…