wrote-miss-ibis:

cellarspider:

lyricalred:

whiskyrunner:

Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone.

look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a fucking dragon

And they aren’t naturally red like that. That’s self-applied makeup. They find the reddest earth they can to work into their feathers as a status symbol.

And they don’t scavenge other parts of carcases, just the bones. 85-90% of their diet is exclusively bone. Hence why it’s only a myth that these birds would just pick up whole lambs and carry them off. It’s not true, but in German they’re still called Lämmergeier as a result.

So metal

(Source: jenkristofu)

heyfunniest:

"Get off you freakin’ bird"

iluvsouthernafrica:

The Long-tailed Widowbird:

The Long-tailed Widowbird is found in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. 

The first time I saw this bird was in book when I was a little girl.  We had to create a project and I instantly fell in love with this beauty.  I first witnessed it with my own eyes a little later riding in a packed minicab with my mother traveling from South Africa to Lesotho to attend a funeral in our village. One flew alongside us as though chaperoning us to the pain and heavy freedom of a family burial.  Squashed in between tired mine-workers, city dwellers going home, I fell in love. It’s my favourite bird. 

I admit I forgot it was Earth Day today until I came across Dynamic Africa's posts on my Dashboard.  Everyday is Earth Day for us Africans I believe.  Nonetheless, seeing all that natural beauty reminded me of my favourite animals, birds, insects from home.

 Photos from various sources. No copyright infringement intended.

trencly:

justintimerblake:

do seagulls have seagoals

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this one does

That’s what Jonathon Livingston Seagull is about.

plotdesigner asked:

DO AUSTRAILIANS ACTUALLY GET CONSTANTLY ATTACKED BY BIRDS IN 'SWOOPING SEASON' OR IS TUMBLR PULLING MY LEG???

plotdesigner:

thegrandr:

YES. THAT IS 1000% LEGITIMATE. swooping season is a real thing that happens when birds get pissy about being parents and take it out on everyone else. especially magpies. and it effects pretty much the whole of australia because magpies are fucking everywhere. 

Meet the magpie:
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Also known as ‘angry little black and white blurs of pain and suffering’.

"oh but they’re just birds how bad could it be australians have snakes and spiders and they’re crying over some stupid birds"

Magpie are incredibly aggressive and they have very very sharp claws and beaks they can cause plenty of damage.  people are blinded every year by these fucking things. iI myself have been hit several times. one time i was hit in the back of the neck when i was about 6 and i bleed all the way home, completely ruining my shirt. 

and there bastards are perfectly happy to chase you all the way home from school.  seriously. they will follow you.

they are very territorial and that’s their whole problem. they attack in order to ‘protect their nests’ but that’s bullshit magpies are just fucking assholes that like to ruin everyone elses fun.

but like literally ruin everyone’s fun. because you can’t go for a walk or play footie in certain places at all during swooping season. especially places with lots of tree. or you get fucking annihilated.

they fly up to a tree, swoop down at you very fast beak first and try to remove as much of you as they can in one go. then go up to another tree, swoop down, rise, repeat.
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the second spring hits. BAM! signs like these go up everywhere especially around schoolsimage

people are encouraged to use umbrella and sunglasses and put fake eyes on the back of your hats to confuse them. also carrying a big stick and holding it above your head is very common

putting zip ties on your bike helmets becomes like putting on shoes
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anything to keep magpies from going for your eyes

and they love to go for your eyes

and before you start laughing at the idea of wearing hats with eyes or a spiky helmet like a dork fucking read this:
http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/magpie-attack-blinds-boy/1112262/

and then think about the fact that this happens eVERY YEAR. he’s not the first or the last kid to have his life ruined by a bird.

so fuck you that one random person who told me australians are making shit up and crying over nothing

and fuck you

you newspaper coloured muthafucking minion of satan
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i think i’d take the spiders instead of these motherfuckers

raptorofafeather:

One of my favorite things about ravens and crows is how they always walk sideways when they’re sneaking up on something. It’s adorable, if mean. They’re little lovable rogues.
I also love how the raven stops and looks nonchalant when the dog sees it.

raptorofafeather:

One of my favorite things about ravens and crows is how they always walk sideways when they’re sneaking up on something. It’s adorable, if mean. They’re little lovable rogues.

I also love how the raven stops and looks nonchalant when the dog sees it.

coelasquid:

Thank you Wikihow Guide to Appreciating Pigeons for this comprehensive list of steps I can take to better appreciate the pigeons in my life.

chiggix:

becdecorbin:

evelmiina:

That’s a lot of derpy looking corvids.

I tried to combine somewhat loose coloring with scratchy inking. At least I learned more tidbit info about corvids, and I’m this close to remembering all the species haha.

Added four mythical corvids circling there too. Props if you can guess ‘em.

50 x 70 cm.


SCREAM

(Source: evelmiina)

Raven flying, two cookies in beak. photographed around Moosonee, Ontario, Canada.

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