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The Secretary Bird

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Talk about legs! These beauties have legs for months and eyelashes (actually modified feathers) that models would spill tears over, but look pass the exterior beauty, and you’ll discover a killer queen that enjoys stomping venomous snakes to death.

25 Secretary Bird Facts (Sagittarius serpentarius) Africa's Snake Stomper

Image: Legs, legs, legs!

๐Ÿฆ Secretary Birds can be found throughout Africa, except Sierra Leone and Liberia. They’re also called ‘Archers of Snakes’ although their diet also consists of arthropods, rodents, insect pests, and small mammals.ย 

๐Ÿฆ For all the snake stomping that they so, Secretary birds are generally silent.ย 

This secretary bird is absolutely fabulous!

Image: Models could never!

๐Ÿฆ This bird of prey is said to have gotten its name from its crest of long feathers that look like the quill pens 19th-century office workers used to tuck behind their ears. I can’t see it, though.

๐Ÿฆ They’re not social birds, and they pair for life.

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Image: Not a hair feather out of place.

๐Ÿฆ These birds like stamping so much, that they tend to stamp on grass tussocks to scare up small mammals, birds, lizards, and grasshoppers.ย 

๐ŸŽถย Could you be… the most beautiful bird in the world…๐ŸŽถ

This bird is more than a secretary. They should’ve been called Executive Assistant birds. They’re like eagles on a crane’s body. Via Israel Wildlife Channel, watch secretary birds walk about in their natural habitat while a sweet-sounding Rosy-Patched Bush-Shrike provide the background music. Ain’t nature something!

 

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Reference/s: animaldiversity.org; krugerpark.co.za; YouTube

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The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia

This cool bird was supposed to be included in last week’s quirky tails, but for some reason, I couldn’t make room for it – only so MANY birds to choose from! – so today, this handsome chap gets its own post.

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Image: Get a load of that tail!

๐Ÿฆ The male Ribbon-tailed Astrapia has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird, over three times the length of its body.ย 

๐Ÿฆย The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia belongs to the bird-of-paradise species. Astrapia comes from Greek for flashing or lightning.

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Image: Female Ribbon-tailed Astrapia via Con Foley

๐Ÿฆย Due to habitat loss and being hunted for its plumes, the bird is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

๐Ÿฆ Females do not have the long white tail.

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๐Ÿฆ This bird can be mainly found in Papua New Guinea.

It’s a beautiful bird. I’ve been blessed to discover so many unique beauties while doing this challenge. God truly is the Master Architect.ย Via Cornell Lab of Ornithology, see the beautiful ribbon-tail in action:

 

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Reference/s: charismaticplanet.com; Wikipedia; YouTube

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The Quirky Tails

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The Quirky Tails

The first thing about these birds that caught my eye was their beautifully unique tails. Yup. Proceed and see for yourself.ย 

A stunning Resplendent Quetzal about to take off at the highlands of Costa Rica.  Quetzal Resplandeciente Resplendent Quetzal  (Pharomachrus mocinno)  Cerro de la Muerte, San Josรฉ, CR  ยฉ Mauro Roman Nature Photo

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๐Ÿฆย The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala; its vibrant colors represent the Guatemalan people.

Marvellous Spatuletail - Loddigesia Mirabilis - by Ian Merrill. A peruvian endemic, this species is found on forest edges in the Rio Utcubamba region, northen Perรน. Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size and limited range is evaluated as endangered.

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๐Ÿฆ The Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird is found only in a small area of Peru for it’s endangered. It is one of the world’s rarest hummingbirds.ย 

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Image: The Jackson’s Widowbird

๐Ÿฆ The Jackson’s Widowbird is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae and can be found in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Image: Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

๐Ÿฆ Lady Amherstโ€™s Pheasant is found in SW China and Myanmar. Like most Phasianidae species (inclusive of pheasant and peafowls), the LAP prefers to escape danger by running rather than flying.ย 

Turquoise-browed motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

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๐Ÿฆ Motmot is any of about 10 species of long-tailed forest birds of the family Momotidae. They’re normally found in South and Central America.

Via Wildlife-Lodges, listen to the sounds of the Resplendent Quetzal.ย 

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Reference/s: Wikipedia; oiseaux-birds.com;ย YouTube

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Behind the lens! ๐Ÿ“ธ, What's Up Wednesday? ๐ŸŽˆ

Guess the color!

Hi guys, welcome back to Behind the Lens. For the last two Wednesdays, I’ve posted photos of my new photo subject: dragonflies. They’re beautiful creatures crafted by D’ Master Architect. Today, I’ll be merging Behind the Lens with What’s Up Wednesdays.

What we’re going to do today is play a guessing game. I’ll supply a photo in relation to BTL and you’ll have to guess what the actual colors of the creature are. Ready?

Here’s the photo:

These creatures are beautiful and BIG on colors! This one actually has two colors.

Can you guess what those two colors are?

The untouched photo will be revealed in all its glory next week God’s willing, but in the meantime, I look forward to your guesses below. ๐Ÿ˜„

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โœˆ Travel Tuesday โœˆ

We breathe love ๐Ÿ’™

At first glance, this shot could be easily mistaken for the shoreline of Maracas or anywhere in the beachy Caribbean, but lo and behold, this mesmerizing shot comes from Lac De Maguide, France.ย 

Via @hello_franceย (Instagram). Follow this account for beautiful wanderlust photos of France, the place that has something for everyone.

Also, credit to Yohan Espiaube for this exceptional shot! He’s an amazing photographer, and he captures the essence, beauty, and poetry that is France splendidly.

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The Peacocks and Pheasants

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I love peacocks! I mean, who doesn’t? Although it’s hardly seen, a peacock in flight is STUNNING! Have you ever seen one in flight? As for pheasants, they’re on some real judgmental stuff. What do I mean? Stick around and find out.ย 

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Image: Peacock in flight! Isn’t it STUNNING?

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๐Ÿฆย Peacocks and pheasants belong to the Phasianidae family, which also includes partridges, grouse, and turkeys. The peacock mainly makes their home in India and Sri Lanka, while pheasants can be found in Asia, Australia, Europe, Hawaii, New Zealand, and North America.

๐Ÿฆย The peacock is also known as the Indian Peafowl or the Bird with One Hundred Eyes and is the national bird of India.ย 

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Image: The Golden Pheasant looks as if it’s wearing a judge’s wig… sort of. It also looks like it just stepped out of the “Remember the Time” music video.

๐Ÿฆ Both peacock and pheasant prefer the same food when it comes to eating so no complaining for them at the buffet table! However, there is one food that peacocks eat that pheasant wouldn’t think twice about and that’s the juvenile cobra.

๐Ÿฆ Male peacocks are celebrated for their beauty and male pheasants are known for their eye-catching appearance. You know what’s ironic? The fact that both male peacock and pheasant are brighter and more beautiful than the female, but they have to try their hardest best to win the dull-looking girl with their courtship display. Hmmm… I guess they would’ve been too full of themselves if it was the other way around! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Image: Palawan Peacock-Pheasant. A thing of pure beauty.

๐Ÿฆ Peacocks tend to avoid human-populated areas; they prefer the forests whereas pheasants tend to inhabit meadows, fields, and farmlands. The average lifespan for a peacock is 25 years, whereas pheasants can live up to 18 years.

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Peacocks are enchantingly beautiful, and they’re a royal sight to behold. Their beauty is a reminder of God’s gorgeous and amazing creation while their regal appearance is a reminder that God has crowned us with glory and honor.

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The White or Albino Peacock is pure and when its feathers are open and spread, it reminds me of a wedding dress somewhat and that Christ is coming for His bride soon. Via KRIBST, here’s a video of a princely white peacock showcasing God’s majestic aesthetic. It makes a commanding sound before putting on a feathertacular show to entertain the ever curious humans. Thank God for this gorgeous animal!

 

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Reference/s: beautyofbirds.org; animals.mom.me; YouTube

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The Owls

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Owls. They’re adorable, precious, and my favorite of the bird species after Kiskadees. I also love the birds that I’ll be featuring for the letter ‘P’. ๐Ÿ’™ Owls tend to get a bad rep for the so-call symbolism they represent in our culture, but they’re so much more than that.

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Image: The ever lovely Barn Owl

๐Ÿฆย Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees. A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains. They have a field of vision of about 110 degrees (about 70 degrees of it being binocular vision enabled).ย 

๐Ÿฆ There are around 200 different owl species. Most owls have large eyes and a flat face.

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๐Ÿฆย Owls are found just about everywhere in the world, the one exception is Antarctica. They’re very versatile birds when it comes to their habitat and highly adaptable.ย 

๐Ÿฆย Owls have exceptional vision that make it very easy to find prey, and they’re patient hunters.

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Image: The ever ethereal Snowy Owl

๐Ÿฆ For the most part, owls are very isolated creatures… until mating time comes around!

A few years ago, my mom rescued a distressed owlet that was quite tangled in fishing line that it couldn’t fly off on its own. After she untangled it, we watch it flew off to its freedom, and this video by WatchJojo Animals reminds me of that time:

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Reference/s: owlworlds.com; Pinterest; YouTube

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The Duck

The Eagle

The Flightless Birds

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