After having no luck spotting the ground for some breakfast, this Common buzzard engaged in a bit of toiletry. Check out the whole sequence and see how it broke part of the oak branch it was perching on when it finally took off!
These two Noisy Miner chicks have taken their first flight into the wider world. I doubt they would be a fortnight old, but this is day 1 of life beyond the nest. Very small and fuzzy, but already taking on the recognisable facial features of the adult birds. Tail feathers have yet to grow, although the flight feathers are developing rapidly (see last photo). At such a young age they are already capable of flight, albeit very short ones between the closely-spaced trees and garden shrubbery.
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.