White-throated Dipper in Switzerland

10,000 Birds

Their habitat is fast-running, rocky streams and rivers where they feed on aquatic invertebrates and insects, larvae, mollusks and small fish. They have their own unique hunting technique – they”dip” their heads in the water and walk on the bottom of streams, using their tail and wings to get downward pressure and even “swim” underwater. Francois Portmann is a professional photographer with an impressive portfolio.

Why Do Penguins Wear Tuxedos?

10,000 Birds

They eat only seafood, including fish, squid, krill and other organisms. And, they wear tuxedos, which seem to provide camouflage while they are swimming, where leopard seals, sharks, and other creatures would like to make a meal of them. So, which came first, the underwater flight, the ability to hunt fish, the exceptional ability to live in the cold, or the tuxedo-camouflage? Penguins. The birds that wear tuxedos and star in major motion pictures.

Sperm Whales in Kaikoura

10,000 Birds

What put this once small fishing town on the map was not birds but mammals, specifically whales and dolphins. Sperm Whales feed deep, diving to the bottom of the trench, hunting for a while, then rising again to catch a breath. The boat moves quickly past interesting things; Northern Giant Petrels , Buller’s Shearwaters , White-capped Albatrosses , New Zealand Fur Seals (I understand they will pause to see dolphins).

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

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