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George Washington and the Golden Pheasant

October 20th, 2016 Comments off

 

The Golden Pheasant is unsurpassed among pheasants in its brilliance, beauty, and desirability. This pheasant was first brought to Europe at least by the 18th Century, a
nd George Washington was the first American known to have kept and raised Golden Pheasants, which he did at Mt. Vernon.

This gorgeous pheasant has easy care requirements and breeds readily on the game farm. Shown at right are three males and a female, with the males courting and displaying for the favor of a female!

Considering their great beauty, the Golden Phesant is very affordable and always available for sale in the Game Bird Gazette magazine classified ads.

The Chinese have recognized the golden pheasant for centuries in art, literature and mythology. Few people would question that this pheasant is among the most intriguing creatures ever to enliven and beautify the earth. 



A Blue Laced Red Wyandotte – Hello Gorgeous!

October 20th, 2016 Comments off

The Blue Laced Red is a mahogany red color with blue around the edge of every feather. The Blue Laced Red has the genetics of the Andalusian Blue which will result in the colorations of blue, black, and splash from breeding this variation. The base color of mahogany should not change.

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Bleeding Hearts . . . No, not liberals, but Pigeons!

October 6th, 2016 Comments off

 

There are more than 300 species of pigeons and doves, all of which are rather thick-set with a relatively small head. Only the upper parts of the legs are feathered, and the feet are usually quite bare.

The beautiful Bleeding-heart pigeon is a member of the Old world ground dove group. It takes its name from an unusual mid-breast patch of blood red feathers that look like a bloody wound. This odd plumage is presumed to be for display purposes. Other than this red patch, the bird is grey above and white below.

The Bleeding-heart pigeon is found only in the Philippine islands. It lives in the understory of thick forests.

Found Only in Cuba – The Bee Hummingbird

August 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Bee Hummingbird only Cuba

Who said birds had to be big to be spectacular? There is a wide variety of flying creatures in Cuba, but one of the best is so small that you might mistake it for an insect. The bee hummingbird is only slightly heavier than a paperclip, and at just over two inches in length, could perch comfortably on your thumb. The male claims the title of the smallest bird in the world.

That’s not the only incredible thing about the male bee hummingbird. During the breeding season, his feathers turn magnificent shades of pink, red, blue and green, which helps him attract mates. It makes sense for these birds to be brilliantly colored, given their diminutive stature. The female bee hummingbird has plumage that is mostly green, with white tips at the end of her tail feathers.

These little creatures exist only on the island of Cuba, which is why those planning to join International Expeditions’people-to-people Cuba travel program should be sure to bring their binoculars. IE’s nature-focused experience includes joining local birders and farmers on birding excursions across the island. They can be spotted in many parts of the nation, including the capital, Havana. They are happy in Cuba because the nation has a relatively stable, warm climate and plenty of flowering plants to sate their appetite for nectar.

These miniature hummingbirds prefer to live in dense coastal forests, but they have been known to call mountainous regions and gardens home as well. Their favorite food is the nectar of the Solandra grandiflora, a vine with striking flowers.

While bee hummingbirds can still be spotted on Cuba, destruction of their natural habitat has shrunk the population, and now they are localized to certain parts of the island nation. Being so small, they also make easy prey for larger predators, which has contributed to their declining numbers. They are now marked as “Near Threatened.” 
 source:

http://www.ietravel.com/blog/cuba/birding-bee-hummingbird

African Grey Parrot

July 13th, 2016 Comments off

African Grey Parrot

The African grey parrot is one of the most talented talking/ mimicking birds on the planet, giving it quite a reputation among bird enthusiasts. Not only do bird keepers love this intelligent bird, it’s one of the most recognizable species to bird novices as well – everyone knows the African grey parrot. This parrot is one of the oldest psitticine species kept by humans, with records of the bird dating back to biblical times. Understated beauty and a brainy no-nonsense attitude are what keep this parrot at the peak of popularity.

At first glance, the African grey is a medium-sized, dusty-looking gray bird, almost pigeon-like – but further investigation reveals a bright red tail, intelligent orange eyes, and a stunning scalloped pattern to its plumage.

https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/species/african-grey-parrot/

 

Nestlings to Mommy and Daddy: A chorus of ” More, More, More, McMore . . . We’re Lovin’ it!”

July 8th, 2016 Comments off

Handsome Fellow!

June 9th, 2016 Comments off

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A rooster from the Philippines , with the characteristic neck bending that always takes place during crowing.

 

I have had little experience with chickens or roosters, but what I have had with the rooster has not been pleasant.  

One summer when my friends Dave and June were going on vacation, they told me if I wanted to pick some of their ripe and delicious plums to feel free.  

They had warned me that the rooster might take exception to my being there, but I never dreamed he would come at me like a tiger on attack!  That bird scared me to death as I held baby Tim close to me and got out of there as quickly as I could.  I’ll never forget the goose bumps up and down my legs as that furious rooster showed me who was boss of the backyard.  

 

From the Trained Lens of Bill Stice

May 31st, 2016 Comments off

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293367_245847018779420_2765964_n“How about a humorous image today? This White Ibis is holding a frog (long dead by this time) it had caught earlier. It kept attempting to eat it but the other Ibises in the area were chasing it ruthlessly. It kept playing “keep away” from the other birds but couldn’t stop long enough to swallow it. I watched it for several minutes and it still wasn’t able to get away far enough to be successful. This was at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.”

Bill Stice

From the Lens of Bill Stice

April 26th, 2016 Comments off

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293367_245847018779420_2765964_nA Female Rufous Sided Towhee. Another example of a beautiful female bird. She is every bit as attractive as the male of the species.Take special note of her eyes.  Bill Stice

Song of the Northern Cardinal

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

Northern Cardinal

The northern cardinal is a territorial song bird. The male sings in a loud, clear whistle from the top of a tree or another high location to defend his territory. He will chase off other males entering his territory. He may mistake his image on various reflective surfaces as an invading male, and will fight his reflection relentlessly. The northern cardinal learns its songs, and as a result the songs vary regionally. Mated pairs often travel together.

 The male often feeds the female as part of their courtship behavior.220px-Northern_Cardinal_Pair-27527

Both sexes sing clear, whistled song patterns, which are repeated several times, then varied. Some common phrases are described as cheeeer-a-dote, cheeer-a-dote-dote-dotepurdy, purdy, purdy…whoit, whoit, whoit, whoitwhat-cheer, what-cheer… wheet, wheet, wheet, wheet and cheer, cheer, cheer, what, what, what, what 

The northern cardinal has a distinctive alarm call, a short metallic chip sound. This call often is given when predators approach the nest, in order to give warning to the female and nestlings.  In some cases it will also utter a series of chipping notes. The frequency and volume of these notes increases as the threat becomes greater. This chipping noise is also used by a cardinal pair to locate each other, especially during dusk hours when visibility wanes.

 

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