August 22nd, 2018

Red Wing Parrot - Aprosmictus erythropterus

Heading further south into the woodlands and approaching the savannah, I am starting to see more birds in the treetops and not on the ground. One of these birds includes the Red Winged Parrot.

Both sexes they have distinctive red wings; however, the male has much more colouration, and also a black fathered back that also includes under the wings. Seen here eating the flower buds of an Australian Magnolia, the birds were able to both see and hear me photograph them from 50m away. The males quickly feeling and leaving their female behind.

Today's photos turned out quite well I think.

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Ancient human species mingled and interbred happily ♪

Offspring of Neanderthal and Denisovan identified for first time

Discovery suggests that distinct ancient human species may have mingled and interbred happily.

A small piece of bone found in a cave in Siberia has been identified as the remnant of a child whose mother was a Neanderthal and father was a Denisovan, a mysterious human ancestor that lived in the region.

Researchers made the discovery when they examined DNA extracted from the bone and found that it contained chromosomes from a Neanderthal female and a Denisovan male. It is the first time that the offspring of such a coupling has been identified.

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Neanderthal mother, Denisovan father!

When a Neandertal Fell for a Denisovan, What Happened Was Only Human
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Australian Parliament 'in complete chaos'!

Polling shows Shorten would surge in popularity if Dutton was PM

Right-wing 'Liberal' Party is floundering with no agreed successor to Malcolm Turnbull.
The Labor Party offers most popular contender, Bill Shorten.

Jennifer Westacott, CEO of the Business Council of Australia. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

This is terrible. It’s terrible for business confidence. It’s terrible for certainty. But mostly it’s terrible for Australian people, who want to think that their parliament is there to advance their interests and think about their jobs, and their future, and their kids future.

The worst thing is that we’ve been in this ... for a decade. And what that’s meant is that as a country we have just stopped being able to get anything done. All the issues and problems that existed last week are here this week and will be there next week. We have an unproductive economy ... we don’t have an energy policy, we’ve got rising energy prices

- Jennifer Westacott

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Tawny Frog-mouth!

I normally repost Sir Terry's wonderful nature posts via 'SHARE' - so that the pics are visible - (as opposed to reposting via 'EMBED').  This is an added perk for anyone who actually goes in and explores my journal pages, but these SHARED posts do not show up on the RSS feed.  Today, I am reposting Sir Terry via copy/paste, so the RSS readers can peer in, and the pic is visible to all...

from sirterrywatts:

The Tawny Frog-mouth is a bird found almost everywhere in Australia. Living in almost every woodland habitat you can find them. Except for the Nullabor, far western Queensland, the more central regions of Australia; that include the Central Desert of the Northern Territory. They enjoy their forests much more.

A lot can be said about these owls; however, they really are a master of camouflage. If you know where to look you stand a good chance of finding them as they are rather common. They often like to sit silent and still, looking like a broken off tree branch. For the most part, they do a very good job too.

The only thing that may give them away up close, is the magnificent yellow eye.

Be sure to go view his whole journal - it is amazing!