Thanks, Hema. They were eating the black seeds and scattering the yellow petals all over the carefully manicured lawns...plundering the blooms. Thank God, the gardener was not around or he'd have had a fit ! :)
After a long and tiring day's bushwalking, I was returning to the camping grounds and walked right past this young female without even seeing her. It's only that she shook her head that I caught some movement and looked back, and she was just looking back at me. She showed no fear whatsoever, so I took her photo. Then 3 more slightly larger roos bounded out of the bushes. I didn't expect to see roos here simply because the park is very rugged. It was a camping ground though and I'm sure they get the odd handout. There was no one else around, but they didn't seem to expect anything from me and were quite happy to graze on the fresh green grass. The rest of the mob had to be nearby, and as it was becoming late afternoon they would all be on the move. I'm pretty sure more would have shown up after I left.
Thanks, Maria. It's a great national park, and I just revel in exploring it. I was exhausted when I spotted this little group - almost too tired to be bothered taking a few pics... but I just loves roos, so I did :)
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.