The Bactrian Heron

The Bactrian Heron is chiefly found along the length of the Amu Darya River as it flows from the Pamir Mountains to the Aral Sea in Central Asia. This heron feeds on most of the local fish including the gudgeon, the Turkestan catfish, and the many brown trout in the river. The Amu Darya isContinue reading “The Bactrian Heron”

The Blue Bat of Bali

The Wallace Line is a faunal boundary line drawn in 1859 by the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace that separates the ecozones of Asia and Wallacea, a transitional zone between Asia and Australia. The line runs through the Lombok Strait between Bali and Lombok. The distance between Bali and Lombok is about 22 miles andContinue reading “The Blue Bat of Bali”

Backscratcher Penguin

The BackScratcher Penguin has a very broad end to its beak. Like the Adelie penguin, the beak is almost completely covered with feathers, which allows heat to be conserved. The Backscratcher’s beak is extremely hard, but the feathers cushion the hardness, making it an ideal instrument to provide back massages to other species of penguin.Continue reading “Backscratcher Penguin”

Limerick Snake Hawk

Legend has it that St Patrick removed all the snakes from Ireland. This theory has no real basis in fact. What’s more likely is that snakes were hunted to extinction by the highly efficient raptor called the Limerick Snake Hawk, the last of which died in Dublin Zoo in 1926 having survived on a dietContinue reading “Limerick Snake Hawk”

Dog Owners Against Crows and Squirrels (DOACS)

Excerpt from the book – 40 Secret Groups This Canadian group was formed after a man’s pet dog was attacked by a group of crows and a squirrel in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto during April 2015. The crows thought the dog was heading towards the tree where they were nesting and swooped down overContinue reading “Dog Owners Against Crows and Squirrels (DOACS)”

Wyoming Tree Mole

The tree moles in Wyoming are unique in the world. They are not completely blind and are sensitive to changes in light. A tree mole is really happy to burrow underground, but where these animals are unusual is that if a mole hits a large tree root when burrowing, it will follow the root toContinue reading “Wyoming Tree Mole”

Ecuadorean Squirrel Hawk

During the evolution of the hawk species, one particular branch, the males of the Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk, started attacking other animals to satisfy their own vanity. The male Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk would build a nest in the traditional manner. It would then have to attract a mate. The unusual method of attraction used by thisContinue reading “Ecuadorean Squirrel Hawk”

Beagle Chasing

On Easter Monday in Atherstone in Warwickshire an unusual sports event takes place that attracts hundreds of competitors. It’s the annual Beagle Chasing extravaganza, which dates from the restoration of Charles II in 1660. The chasing takes place over a number of distances and comprises individual and team events. There are no separate races forContinue reading “Beagle Chasing”

Cat in the Wall

When we moved house, some of the drywalling in the basement needed replacing. There was one particular section where a piece about seven-feet high and ten-feet across needed removing. The workmen had finished most of the job, but there was still a small section about two-feet high, but five feet above the ground, that hadn’tContinue reading “Cat in the Wall”