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Birds of the World

There are over 10,000 living species of birds on the planet. They can be found in ecosystems across ...

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Butterflies & Moths of the World

Butterflies and Moths are insects of the order Lepidoptera. Their brilliant colors have inspired ...

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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

Millions of city-dwellers walk their local streets every day, but many overlook the multitude of ...

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Mission WILD

The WILD Foundation works to protect & interconnect at least half of the planet’s land & water to ...

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Moths of the World

Moths? Yes: a world of sphinxes, hawks, owls, tigers, and scary eyes, all waiting for you outside ...

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Flowers of North America

We want you to help us build a photo collection of flowers from around the world. Show us what ...

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Mushroom Mapping

Mushroom ecology is a pivotal orientation point for exploring urban systems. Help us gather ...

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International Spider Survey

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs. The International Society of Arachnology ...

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Biodiversidad en España/Spain

Habitat: Indicar el sitio donde se encontró (campo, montaña, lago, mar, río...) Habitat: Enter the ...

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The Color Red

The color red is a bold color that represents passion. We would like to create a collection of ...

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Global Flight

To create a magnificent collection of images of your favourite fliers. Not just birds, but bats, ...

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Global Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are agile insects of the order Odonata. With a worldwide distribution ...

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Flowers of Europe

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Nature in Yellow

It would be so interesting to see all the yellow flowers, fruits, insects, animals of the world.

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Captive Animals

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Witches' Butter favorited by Sergio Monteiro Ferney-Voltaire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France an hour ago

Another Exidia species found in our oak forest, first in the series. This one takes an irregular shape of a gelatinous, dark-brown to black, lump protruding through a deep layer of old moss on a large log discarded in the forest. The lump is very jelly-like, shaky on touch, and appears covered in wart-like bumps. This lump was about 10 to 12 cm large, some 5cm deep, and about the same in height.

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Bush Stone-curlew commented on by Sergio Monteiro Murarrie, Queensland, Australia an hour ago

And yes, it IS a great spotting, congrats.

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Bush Stone-curlew favorited by AntónioGinjaGinja Murarrie, Queensland, Australia an hour ago

Bush stone-curlew's are large, slim, mainly nocturnal, ground-dwelling birds, and are endemic to Australia. Although they look rather like a wading bird and are related to the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, they are a terrestrial predator filling an ecological niche similar to that of the roadrunners of North America. They specialise in hunting small grassland animals: frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals are all taken. This species is classifies as endangered in NSW and Victoria. They range throughout most of Australia and were formerly quite common, but have declined in numbers through habitat loss and predation by foxes and feral cats. Other states are reasonably secure.

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Bush Stone-curlew commented on by Sergio Monteiro Murarrie, Queensland, Australia an hour ago

Ok, times are rough, maybe the guy just wanted a steady job! You know, maybe he is tired of running after prey and from predators! And, if 'he' is a 'she', I'd check if the bathroom window is closed... ;-)

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Bush Stone-curlew favorited by Sergio Monteiro Murarrie, Queensland, Australia an hour ago

Bush stone-curlew's are large, slim, mainly nocturnal, ground-dwelling birds, and are endemic to Australia. Although they look rather like a wading bird and are related to the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, they are a terrestrial predator filling an ecological niche similar to that of the roadrunners of North America. They specialise in hunting small grassland animals: frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals are all taken. This species is classifies as endangered in NSW and Victoria. They range throughout most of Australia and were formerly quite common, but have declined in numbers through habitat loss and predation by foxes and feral cats. Other states are reasonably secure.

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Bush Stone-curlew commented on by Neil Ross Murarrie, Queensland, Australia 2 hours ago

Many thanks, Leuba, Sukanya and Jae. I did my best to discourage the bird from entering the building, but he was determined! He made an odd "guttural" sound every time I approached, but I had no alternative but to shoo him off! They are a very attractive, albeit odd-looking bird, and their big eyes are very distinctive. Being ground-dwelling birds makes them easy pickings for feral animals. Yes, it is a pity, Leuba :(

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