Also known as Red-fronted Parakeet or the Maori name Kakariki. A small (21-27cm) mostly yellow/green parrot. Dark blue outer wing and striking deep red forehead and lores and a red eye stripe. Bluish-grey bill with black tip, red eye and a longish tail. A small red spot is also usually visible on either side of the rump. (See 1st image)
thanks Neil for fine tuning the ID...
I'm well. Kicking myself for forgetting to put sunscreen on my legs when I went snorkeling yesterday... Lobster red today ! I'm in the amazing Osa Peninsular, SW Costa Rica, full-on rainforest... Biodiversity hot-spot. Hope you are having fun on your hols.
Pictures 3 & 4 shows a nearby flowering bush, of which there were many, all attracting scores of White butterflies of more than one species. I only identified positively the Small and Bath Whites but I'm sure there were others present also. If anyone can identify others, please let me know.
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.