‘Hundreds of thousands of birds killed by BP oil’

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA is called Gulf Oil Spill Birds – Don’t Let Kids Watch.

From The Lens in New Orleans, USA:

Scientists fear BP blowout killed far more birds than officially reported

By Bob Marshall, Staff writer

April 15, 2014 2:43pm

Almost from the start, wildlife advocates described the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a war on the Gulf ecosystem. Few quibbled with that analogy as a record 210 million gallons spewed into the Gulf just 50 miles from one of the world’s most productive coastal estuaries.

Yet four years later, wildlife workers, especially those concerned about birds, are skeptical of one metric commonly used to assess wars of any kind: the official body count.

For example, the official count of brown pelicans killed by BP’s oil stands at 577, which doesn’t seem like a big hit on a population estimated in the neighborhood of 85,000…

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Photobooth Animations

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The 1955 Hudson


These photobooth animations are the work of Nicholas Osborn of Square America. He describes them as: “a jittery, flickering, Frankensteinian attempt to bring old photos back to life.”


Via How To Be A Retronaut

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Friday Fotos: Fire in the Sky

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Our theme this week was “fire in the sky.” Thank you to everyone who shared their photos on our Facebook page. We hope you enjoy this week’s Friday Fotos, and, as always, we hope you’ll share this stunning gallery with your favorite peeps — you know the drill: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and the social media list goes on.

Enjoy!

 

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Past Meets Present: Shan Shui Environmental Art

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Fabulous.

Ekostories

Literally translated as “mountain water”, Shan Shui is a specific style of Chinese landscape art that rose to prominence in the 5th century during the Liu Song Dynasty (wikipedia). In the depiction of pristine rivers, ethereal mists, and hallowed mountains, the artist’s ultimate goal is to capture the ch’i, or vital breath, of the world around them. This ch’i must be caught even at the expense of realism, for if the artist misses it, they have lost the very essence of the landscape. In this way, Shan Shui paintings are only expressions of art, but also provide insight into how the artist, influenced by culture and society, views the natural world.

I recently came across the work of a modern artist who sought to introduce modern human presence and impact into Shan Shui paintings. Commissioned by the China Environmental Protection Foundation, Yong Liang Yang utilizes…

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Where there’s smokes there are raptors

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Natural Newstead

It’s autumn and it’s smoky. At this time of year the smell of burning stubble pervades our local landscape, although perhaps less so than in years gone by. A gradual shift to low or no-till farming systems has seen a decline in this practice in recent times.

Birds of prey are often attracted to fire – in northern Australia large flocks of raptors, often numbering in the hundreds, will gather to feed on animals disturbed during burns. We don’t get anywhere near these numbers in southern Australia, but it is not unusual to see congregating raptors around stubble burns during autumn. Such was the case a few days back on the Moolort Plains, with a loose flock that included Brown Falcons, Whistling Kites and a young Wedge-tailed Eagle in attendance at a small stubble fire.

A useful background article on stubble burning can be accessed here.

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This is special

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Natural Newstead

Some birds provide more of a thrill than others … White-bellied Sea-Eagles for example. It is astonishing to think that they breed right here in central Victoria, with one pair doing so successfully over recent years at Lake Cairn Curran. With so much activity on the lake in recent weeks, I’ve been worried about the fate of the latest breeding attempt. What a treat then to see a healthy immature bird in the company of an adult, late this afternoon. I spotted the youngster first, perched off-shore, its massive bill and white, wedge-shaped tail obvious even at a distance of about 400 metres.

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