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2017 – Year of the Hen ( rooster )

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To most, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster ( male chicken).   To see which Chinese Year you were born in, please click   HERE to see a previous post.

The previous Post also has very useful / interesting information ( for those who would like to know more about Chinese Astrology ) about the 60 year cycle in Chinese Astrology.

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Subtract 12 from 2017 to get the last “Year of the Rooster” and this system of course applies to all the other 11 Animal signs, subtract 12 to get the last Animal year.  Likewise you can add 12 to get the next Year of the Rooster, and so forth for the other Animal years.

See what happened world-wide in 2005 –  the last “Year of the Rooster” .

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2005.htm   2005 was really a “Chicken year”

Chinese New Year in 2017 will start on January 28.  

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2017/default.htm

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Mother and Child Re-union: Police save Gosling

9 May 2016.  A Mother Goose asks the Police for Help!

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A Cincinnati Police Officer was astonished when a Goose walked up to his car door and pecked at it and honked.  He went to investigate and the clever mother Goose walked off honking and looking back at him, so he decided to follow her.

The good Mother led him right to where one of her poor babies was well wrapped up in some string from a balloon!  Another Police Officer tackled the tangles and although it took a while, managed to free the Gosling – much to the delight of the mother Goose.

Read more:

http://www.boredpanda.com/goose-asks-help-police/

Birds make Music

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road ?

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Safe haven for rare Blue Throated Macaw doubles in size

blue throated macawA critically endangered blue-throated macaw

(Photo: Steve Wilson/Flickr)

The blue-throated macaw is one of the most endangered birds on Earth, down to an estimated 120 survivors in the wild. Any new refuge for such a rare bird is a welcome surprise, but this brightly colored Bolivian parrot just hit the conservation jackpot.
Bolivia’s Barba Azul Nature Reserve — home to the world’s largest remaining population of blue-throated macaws — has suddenly doubled in size, growing from 12,350 acres to 27,180 in one fell swoop. The expansion comes courtesy of several conservation groups, led by Bolivia’s Asociación Armonía, and marks a major victory for the embattled birds.
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Donate now to help bird conservation

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Golden-Winged Warbler by Robert Royce

Please help the U.S. Cornell Lab of Ornithology to conserve the near threatened (IUCN listing) beautiful Golden-winged Warbler.   Please click on the link at the end of this post.

I am a member of the Cornell Lab, even though I live in Australia, because I love birds.  As a third year Biology student at the W.A. Institute of Technology years ago I studied the carbohydrate preferences of the sweet and tiny Brown Honeyater, Lichmera indistincta.  Thank you to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other organisations around the world for helping to save the birds.  Donate now and you will receive a camera lens cleaning cloth with a picture of the Golden-winged Warbler on it.

The site has fantastic resources available online, and as a member, you will receive their periodical magazine.  If you love birds, I recommend that you become a member, especially if you live in America.

The  Golden-winged Warbler  is a small, strikingly marked warbler, whom as a species is losing ground, both because of reforestation and displacement by the spreading Blue-winged Warbler.  The Golden-winged Warbler is declining dramatically in the Northeastern United States, and is listed as a Federal Species of Special Concern.

Donate now to help bird conservation

Lady Gouldian Finch

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Erythrura gouldiae, also known as the Lady Gouldian Finch, the Gouldian Finch, Gould’s Finch or the Rainbow Finch, is a colorful passerine (perching) bird endemic to Australia.

The Lady Gouldian Finch originates across northern Australia from Derby in the west across to Cape York Peninsula. Their range in recent times has shrunk dramatically.

The Gouldian finch is a medium-sized grass eating bird that lives only in the northern savannas region of Australia.  It is a strikingly colourful bird which was once very common.  It is believed that less than 2,500 mature Gouldians exist in the wild.  Sadly, this bird is listed as endangered in Australia.

In 1841 the English Ornithologist, John Gould, while on an Australian expedition came across what most believe to be the most beautiful finch in the world. John Gould named this magnificent finch, “The Lady Gouldian”, to honor his artist wife, Lady Elizabeth Gould.

The Gouldian finch is easily recognised by its purple chest, yellow breast and green back. Their legs and feet are yellow and they have a long, pointed tail. Females are duller than males, and the juveniles are completely dull green. There are three different colour-morphs of Gouldian finches, which have either black, red, or yellow faces.

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Feeding a Fledgling

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Red-tailed Hawk

 

Walter Kitundu from the “Bird Light Wind” Blog has videoed a young Red-tailed Hawk being fed by its mother.  See the video on Vimeo below, and the original post by Walter on his Blog at the second link.  It is awesome!

http://vimeo.com/45018795

Feeding a Fledgling

For great pictures and information (plus bird sounds) of the Red-tailed Hawk & other birds, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-tailed_hawk/id

Animals connecting to Celine

Baby Woylie

Baby Woylie

Background to this following Article:

The following is a nice anecdote that my sister, Therese, wrote about my affinity with animals.

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I hereby attest that the animals of this world have an affinity with my sister, Celine, as the following descriptions show.  I am recording the experiences that show a definite connection between creatures and Celine.  The animals respect Celine, treating her as a kindred spirit!

1.    Small dog puts both paws on Celine’s knees, ignores all other people.

At a family get together, Celine and I were standing apart from the others.  Celine was standing a fair way away from me.  A small dog was wandering around.  The dog and Celine espied each other and Celine indicated to the dog a little bit.  Without much ado, the dog went straight up to Celine and, without Celine’s bidding, put its paws squarely on Celine’s knee and looked up at Celine.  Whereupon, Celine patted the small dog and said some encouraging words.

Later on, the dog was seen by me wandering around.  I didn’t see it approach anyone else.  Although I looked at it and tried to communicate non-verbally to it to come to me, it completely ignored me.  The small dog only liked Celine, so it seemed!  It found a friend in Celine because it immediately went up to Celine and with no hesitation whatsoever put it’s paws trustingly on Celine’s knee.

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The Amazing Lyre Bird

The Lyrebird has been around for millions of years, fossils having been found dated to 15 million years ago. This wonderful Australian bird can be found in rain forest habitats in Victoria and New South Wales. It was also brought to Tasmania in the 19th century. There are two different species of Lyrebirds: the Superb Lyrebird and Albert’s Lyrebird. The male Superb Lyrebird is the third largest songbird with a length of 80 to 98 centimeters, (31.5 38.5 inches). The female is slightly smaller with a body measuring 74 to 84 centimeters, (29 to 33 inches). Albert’s Lyrebird is a little bit smaller and can be found in Southern Queensland. This bird was given it’s name in honor of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert.

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