Another Master of disiguise! The ornate ghost pipefish or harlequin ghost pipefish, Solenostomus paradoxus, is a false pipefish of the family Solenostomidae. The species name comes from the Greek paradoxos, referring to this fish's unusual external features. They vary in color from red or yellow to black and juveniles are almost transparent. During juvenile phase, they are mostly pelagic and almost transparent/translucent. When they eventually settled down among coral reefs, they will adapt their coloration to the surrounding, especially the Crinoids they 'hide' in. They feed mostly on mysids and benthic shrimp. Females carry the eggs in their pelvic fins that are modified to form a brood pouch.
This butterfly belongs to Lycaenidae family. The underside forewing has a row of large spots and both wings have pale submarginal markings. This butterfly is a very early season species, emerging in early April and largely disappearing by the end of the month.
On one of our windiest days, I saw this Kestrel being blown across our yard. After alot of slow movement, I was able to catch him in my jacket. I took him to WildCare Oklahoma, a wonderful wildlife rehabilitation facility in our state. It had a broken wing, but they got him splinted & think he will make a recovery.
A Coruja-buraqueira, como o próprio nome diz, vive em buracos cavados no solo e alimenta-se de insetos e de vertebrados de pequeno porte como roedores, anfíbios, répteis e morcegos. Esta da foto foi fotografada no Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos, em Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Burrowing Owl, as the name implies, live in holes dug in the ground and feeds on insects and small vertebrates like rodents, amphibians, reptiles and bats. This of the photo was photographed at the Serra dos Órgãos National Park in Teresopolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Found this one in shallow water at 2-3 meters deep. It was half buried in the sand. This is normal behavior of this species. It is active in the night. When we approached it acted in typical defense behavior. A ray thretened on the tail will propel itself upward into a loop; if it has not escaped after the maneuver, the ray will curl into a ring with the belly facing outward, so as to present the area of its body with the highest electric field gradient towards the threat; these behaviors are accompanied by short, strong electric shocks up to 90 volts.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.