This beautiful hawk visits my bird bath on hot summer days, taking a bath and getting a drink. He is a very shy hawk, if he sees any movement at all, he flies away and he will often sit in a nearby tree looking around before coming down to the water. I think this is a younger hawk with a wing span less than 30 inches. The average wing span is 27 to 36 inches.
thnks everyone... I haven't had internet for a few days, so wasn't able to keep up with you !
I also thought it looked like a Plume moth. Thanks for that link Irina, it really looks quite similar, apart from the bright orange colour.
It was very beautiful in the sunlight, and stayed there for really a long time, motionless.
I found this one as it was coming through a hole in my fence. Usually they are 48-96 inches long but this one was only about 50 inches and had 4-6 inches of its tail missing. The wound was well healed, not sure how it happened. When I got near, it flattened out its head and neck area and started hissing at me. They usually shake their tail rapidly to make noise but this one couldn't do that. There are several subspecies & with the black/brown markings I think this one is a pacific gopher snake.
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.