Unmistakable and striking pigeon-sized bird. Black and white striped broad and rounded wings; buff chest, neck and back. It shows a long, narrow and scimitar-like curved bill, and a distinctive buffy-pink crest with black tips. This crest is usually kept folded, except briefly when landing, otherwise is unfolded rarely. Tail is broad, black with a white band. African Hoopoe was (or still is) considered as a race of eurasian hoopoe; but its buff parts are richer and darker cinnamon; and there is more dark yellow on the back (see photo 2). Here are my two spottings of Eurasian hoopoe for comparison: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/181... (from Croatia) and http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/197... (from Sudan). Moreover, there are some more differences in upper wings colorings as well; but these are not visible in these photos.
Christine, how long do they need to be attached until the host enters into the realms of Lymes Disease? Good joke btw, and even funnier that you added (lunatic). for dullards like me :) Jolly lolz haha
Red and yellow lichen? patch high on a huge lichen covered, granite boulder. All other lichens were shades of green/grey. This patch was about 30cm diameter. No discernible structures with using my pocket cam other than small, rounded plaques.
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.