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Update: Today's Antarctic Vote Count

Jun 30 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 579 - 520 - 192 - 178 - 169 out of 195 candidates registered. I am in second place.

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If you've already voted, then please encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to vote for the person whom you think would be best for this unique job: traveling to Antarctica for the month of February 2010 and writing about it for the public on a blog. Here is my 300-word essay. Voting ends 30 September and there is one vote allowed per valid email address (registration required).

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In Memory of Michael Jackson: A Moonwalking Bird

Jun 30 2009 Published by under Brain & Behavior, Streaming videos

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I am an ornithologist and aviculturist, which means that I research birds scientifically as well as breeding and raising them. So after the shock of Michael Jackson's sudden death wore off, I wanted to share a bird lover's farewell to Michael with you [1:15]

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Purple Passion Flower of Manhattan

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Purple Clematis, in the Ranunculaceae family (not sure which species this is).
Photographed on Manhattan's Upper West Side on West 81st street at
Central Park West. Passersby were curious as to why I was crawling into
a shrub, until after I emerged and they saw my camera in-hand.
Image: GrrlScientist, 29 June 2009 [larger view].

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Mystery Bird: Wattled Starlings, Creatophora cinerea

Jun 30 2009 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery birds] Wattled Starlings, Creatophora cinerea, perched on Plains (Grant's) Zebra, Equus quagga boehmi, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Africa. [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours]
Image: Dan Logen, 3 August 2006 [larger view].
Nikon D2H, 200-400 VR lens at 400, ISO 200, 1/320, f/8.

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The Amazing Mid-air Attacks of the Bat Falcon

Jun 30 2009 Published by under Ornithology, Streaming videos

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This female bat falcon, Falco rufigularis, makes dazzling mid-air catches over Mayan ruins in Guatemala to feed her chicks [2:15]

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Update: Today's Antarctic Vote Count

Jun 29 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 504 - 481 - 180 - 158 - 140 out of 183 candidates registered. I am in second place.

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If you've already voted, then please encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to vote for the person whom you think would be best for this unique job: traveling to Antarctica for the month of February 2010 and writing about it for the public on a blog. Here is my 300-word essay. Voting ends 30 September and there is one vote allowed per valid email address (registration required).

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To My Friend: In Loving Memory

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Dahlias.
Photographed on Manhattan's Upper West Side on West 81st street at Central Park West.
Image: GrrlScientist, 29 June 2009 [larger view].

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Birds in the News 177

Jun 29 2009 Published by under Birds in the News

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The first Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher chicks, Terpsiphone corvina,
to fledge successfully outside La Digue Island, Seychelles for over 60 years
are flying on Denis Island.
Image: David Hosking [larger view].

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Mystery Bird: Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus

Jun 29 2009 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus, photographed at Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is taking nesting materials back to the rock, where many of these birds were busy nesting. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Terry Sohl, 8 June 2009 [larger view]
Photo taken with a Canon 50D, 400 5.6L lens.

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Antarctica in Five Minutes

Jun 29 2009 Published by under Streaming videos

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This is a video of a trip to Antarctica, including some lovely images of seals, penguins, gulls and other seabirds and breaching humpback whales! [4:48]

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