As children do - this young ibis begs its parent for food. Large water bird, white body feathers, some black on wings, head and beak and legs black and bare of feathers, beak long and slightly curved downwards, long legs. Call is a croak or grunt. Often seen in large flocks flying on thermals or to water body locations. Feeds on variety of food including insects, small marine creatures, plant material and quite often scraps at town rubbish tips.
Water bird and well known in Australia. Soft grey feathers, lighter belly and white face, pointed, long grey beak, long yellow legs. feeds on aquatic/marine animals such as frogs, crustaceans, also eats small birds, rodents and insects. Call is usually a croak either short or extended call.
Also called Little Grebe. Small water bird, males have small golden eye patch on each side (between eye and beak) and chestnut patch at back of head brighter in breeding season as with rest of feathers, females look similar but not as bright and slightly smaller, feet medium webbed, eyes light golden colour, feeds on aquatic organisms and plant material.
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.