SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

White fella

Say hello to Migaloo. That's what people call the white humpback whale.

When he was first spotted back in 1991, Migaloo was the first all-white humpback researchers had ever seen. According to The White Whale Research Center, Migaloo was believed to be the only all-white humpback until last September, when a white calf was spotted near the Great Barrier Reef.

Every year since, whale watchers have kept an eye out for the albino beastie, hoping to catch a glimpse of him during his annual migration from Australia to the Antarctic. Male humpbacks can travel up to 87 miles (140 kilometers)a day during their migration, according to experts. Whale watchers may be able to enjoy Migaloo for decades. Humpback whales are believed to survive as long as 90 years in the wild.