The owl that barks?
Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus) are somewhat common in North America, although they are listed as endangered in some states. Their scratchy barking call is the easiest way to identify them.
Learn how the state of Michigan is working to protect habitat for Short-eared Owls: Birding Wire
USFWS photo: Dan Dzurisin
Holy fuck. I never really understood how they caught birds before, I assumed they had to sneak up on them.
How was this even caught on camera?
are you kidding me?!?!? ok that’s like 4 or 5 feet in the air and one fLUID motion of jump, catch, put in mouth, and land gracefully ready for the game-winning interview. killin em cat you be killin em.
I have watched Frodo do this many times. Usually he’s not even trying, just sauntered out onto the deck at my mom’s old house and sat there all casual until a bird flew too low.
I used to have a cat who would do this with bouncy balls we bounced off the walls.
Dragon Goby | Gobioides broussonnetii
"Violet Gobies are not as common as some other fish, so they can be a fun addition to a tank. Gobies will help to keep your substrate clean as they will filter it for food particles and use their teeth to scrap algae from rocks and hard surfaces in the tank. This distinctive fish can be quite beautiful when well taken care of."
PHOTO BY JEFF MCINTOSH/ASSOCIATED PRESS (via You’ve got something on your face … A helpful Amur tiger gives its roomie a bath at the Cal)
Saw-blade Shrimp (Tozeuma armatum)
Also known as the banded tozeuma shrimp the saw-blade shrimp is a species of broken back shrimp (Hippolydiae) that occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific and the Red Sea. Like other members of Tozeuma T. armatum has a very long and slender body/appendages. This elongated appearance likely helps the shrimp camouflage itself along the corals it inhabits. Like other crustaceans that inhabit corals T. armatum's coloration is highly varied and typically matches the coloration of its host coral.
What you see above is the largest true-color photograph of the night sky ever created, shot by 28-year-old amateur astrophotographer Nick Risinger using six astronomical cameras. It’s not just the view of the sky from one location, but is instead a 360-panoramic view of the sky taken by trekking 60,000 miles across the western United States and South Africa starting in March 2010. The final image is composed of 37,000 separate photographs.
From Wikipedia Picture Of The Day; December 6, 2013:
Wulfenite is a lead molybdate mineral with the formula PbMoO4. It can be most often found as thin tabular crystals with a bright orange-red to yellow-orange color, sometimes brown, although the color can be highly variable. This specimen was collected in Mexico.
Photo: Didier Descouens
From Smithsonian Photo Of The Day; December 6, 2013:
A hard rainy day in Istanbul
Photo and caption by Serkant Hekimci (Istanbul, Turkey); Photographed October 2011
From National Geographic Photo Of The Day; December 6, 2013:
Skateboarders, San Francisco Matthieu Moors
"The short length of a two-day stop in San Francisco motivated me to visit the city by foot only, trying to get a higher chance of capturing street instants. I came across these two skaters while walking through the Mission District”.
(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.)
From Astronomy Picture Of The Day; December 6, 2013:
Gamma-Ray Earth and Sky
International Fermi Large Area Telescope Collaboration, NASA, DOE
For an Earth-orbiting gamma-ray telescope, Earth is actually the brightest source of gamma-rays, the most energetic form of light. Gamma-rays from Earth are produced when high energy particles, cosmic rays from space, crash into the atmosphere. While that interaction blocks harmful radiation from reaching the surface, those gamma-rays dominate in this remarkable Earth and sky view from the orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope’s Large Area Telescope. The image was constructed using only observations made when the center of our Milky Way galaxy was near the zenith, directly above the Fermi satellite. The zenith is mapped to the center of the field. The Earth and points near the nadir, directly below the satellite, are mapped to the edges of the field resulting in an Earth and all-sky projection from Fermi’s orbital perspective. The color scheme shows low intensities of gamma-rays as blue and high intensities as yellowish hues on a logarithmic scale. Our fair planet’s brighter gamma-ray glow floods the edges of field, the high intensity yellow ring tracing Earth’s limb. Gamma-ray sources in the sky along the relatively faint Milky Way stretch diagonally across the middle. Launched June 11, 2008 to explore the high-energy Universe, this week Fermi celebrated its 2,000th day in low Earth orbit.
From Wikipedia Picture Of The Day; December 5, 2013:
Martin Van Buren (1782–1862) was the eighth President of the United States, serving from 1837 to 1841. Earlier, he was the eighth Vice President (1833–1837), and before that, the tenth Secretary of State (1829–1831), both under Andrew Jackson.
Photo: Mathew Brady