Mast Landing Brewing Company: Pantless Thunder Goose Double India Pale Ale

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The Guinness toucan is easily the most iconic bird mascot in beer history, but the storied Dublin brewery also boasted an ostrich and a pelican in its colorful, avian advertising menagerie of yesteryear. Birding Food Reviews beer Birds and Booze Common Ostrich ostriches taxonomy

Norway Knights Penguin, Ostrich Denied Again

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Nils Olav, a king penguin on the Norwegian King's Guard , was bestowed a knighthood for simultaneously defusing an IED while taking out a machine gun in Iraq. I kid. The IED was already defused. OK, I don't think Norway even has troops in Iraq. To the article: FOR the commanding officer of the Norwegian King's Guard, it was a moment as surreal as it was moving.

Unlucky Ducks, Lucky Penguins, and Good-Luck Ostriches

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Henceforth, the Reading Fighting Phils will now be represented by two ostriches , who will live at the ballpark and greet visitors to the team’s games. Ostrich image by Nicor at Wikimedia Commons). It’s been a busy week in bird news–some of it bad, some of it good, and some of it just plain head-scratchin’ Let’s start with the odd stuff first.

The Warbler Brewery: Canopy 2 Double India Pale Ale

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Two weeks ago, it was a pantless thunder goose – er, ostrich. For a second time in a month, we have a new double India Pale Ale featuring a species of bird famous for its appearance on the classic vintage Guinness advertisements drawn by artist John Gilroy in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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Bird Erections

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Be glad that you are not Dr. Patricia Brennan of Yale University, who, with her team, “closely examined the penis of a male ostrich and three male emus.” Big birds don’t get erections the way that it has always been thought that they do. They use lymph fluid to get erect, not blood. ” Ain’t science grand? Asides

A Walk in the Desert

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On the very last morning, after packing our van to commence our journey to Mount Kenya, we left our lodge (after negotiating our way past the resident Common Ostriches and Grey-crowned Cranes ) and made a couple stops before leaving Baringo proper.

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Being A Living Fossil Evolved Multiple Times

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The original story is that emus and ostriches and moas and such evolved as a separate group of birds from all the other birds, from the basal birdish thing that gave rise to all the living birds, and became a large land bird. The early isolation of Africa and Madagascar implies that the ostrich and extinct Madagascan elephant birds (Aepyornithidae) should be the oldest ratite lineages.

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Birding Cape Town

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The beaches further south of Boulders Beach are productive as well – I saw African Oystercatcher as well as that most typical beach wanderer, the Ostrich. In November 2018, I spent a few days birding in Cape Town, South Africa. While apparently not the safest of places, it is a great spot to see birds. Here are some of my sightings. An absolute highlight were the African Penguins at Boulders Beach.

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The Birds of Washington, DC

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For any of us who have seen Ostriches or Emus in real life, the link is not hard to believe. There are a lot of birds in Washington, DC. Oh sure, you can go to Rock Creek Park or the Tidal Basin to seek out living avian species, or visitors can head to the Smithsonian museums for a dose of past and present bird lore from all over the world. In early June, I took note of each museum bird I spotted.

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Red-winged Starlings

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I encountered these Red-winged Starlings at the Cape of Good Hope National Park, a lovely park for Bontebok, Ostriches , nesting Cape Cormorants , Malachite Sunbirds and Cape Sugarbirds. Starlings have a bad rap. This is perhaps almost entirely due to the Common Starling , a species that is, over much of its range, an introduced pest.

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Stuck in the middle (of the AOU/COS meeting)

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Other hardy souls signed up for an early morning “Ostrich Run” 5k, with the prizes beinging–you guessed it–actual ostrich eggs. I’m not an ornithologist. I don’t even play one on TV. Nevertheless, I was pleased to find myself at ornithological ground zero this past week, as the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society held a joint annual meeting in Chicago.

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Summer guide to bird taxonomy and systematics news

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Ratites in trees: the evolution of ostriches and kin, and the repeated evolution of flightlessness (ratite evolution part II). It’s mid-July, which among other things means that those of us in North America are starting to check local mudflats for returning shorebird migrants and waiting impatiently for the AOU to hurry up and create five species from the Clapper-King rail complex (the reasons for which we covered last year ).

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The five most unique birds in the world

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But you won’t find Ostrich or another ratite in first place on Jetz et al.’s What are the world’s most distinctive birds? That question could be answered in several ways, but a new paper released this month — Global Distribution and Conservation of Evolutionary Distinctness in Birds (Jetz et al.

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Some Ingenuity Can Go a Long Way

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Among birds the Egyptian Vulture uses rocks to crack Ostrich eggs, the New Caledonian Crow and Woodpecker Finch (one of several Darwin Finches of the Galapagos Islands), uses sticks to extract grubs from inside a branch. The use of tool by animals is surprisingly rare. Perhaps even more interesting is how Green Herons and its relatives have learned to use bait to attract and capture fish.

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Birding Cape Town

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It is a good place to come down to from the city and look for Ostrich, Cape Gannets , Cape Cormorants , Cape Sparrows , Cape Buntings, Cape Sugarbirds, Cape Grassbirds and presumably lots of other birds with cape in the name. I’m a big fan of city birding. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy getting away from it all out in some remote forest or desert, but a good city can combine some excellent birding and outstanding diving, drinking, dining and sightseeing.

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I Remember Elephants

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Beside dung, we saw Chacma Baboons and Vervet Monkeys , Common Duikers and Klipspringers , Kudus and Waterbucks … Common Ostrich ran across the road and soaring birds, the very epitome of African savannas, included African Harrier-Hawk , Bateleur , Black-breasted and Brown Snake-Eagles , Tawny and Verreaux’s Eagles , African Hawk-Eagle , African Fish-Eagle , etc.

Is my Rhino Still Alive?

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We haven’t seen the reason yet, but suddenly you could have palpated a tension in the air that made the zebras step away and even one female Ostrich stand up… Then the Lord of the waterhole came, a young – although nine years old White Rhinoceros. The annual number of rhino poached in South Africa last year rose to 1,215, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told a media briefing in Pretoria two weeks ago. On average, over 100 rhinos were illegally killed each month.

Raptor Migration across the Straits of Gibraltar

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That list included: Hoopoe (a dove-sized, pink, black and white bird with a flamboyant crest), Great Bustard (a bird of open grasslands, sort of an ostrich / turkey cross) and a Bee-eater (iridescent blue, green, gold and chestnut, a little bit like a streamlined kingfisher.) Peter Thoem settled in Canada many years ago. He lives at the west end of Lake Ontario which, twelve months of the year, is a very rich and varied place for birds.

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The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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71): Ingredients include feathers from a Spangled Cotinga (called ‘Chatterer’ by tiers), Blue Macaw, Red-Ruffed Fruitcrow (‘Indian Crow’), Ostrich, and, according to Johnson, Golden Pheasant (the jungle c**k, I think). There’s more than one obsession in The Feather Thief , and though the mind boggles at the lengths to which the obsessed go in order to satiate their passions, as a birder I couldn’t help but feel a sense of kinship. And, rage and frustration.

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West Coast NP – Blooming Marvelous

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We got a daddy Ostrich on the drive in with his chicks, and another Southern Black Bustard on the walk in (never rains but it pours). In late August and early September the sensational West Coast National Park, north of Cape Town, is high on the list of visiting tourists. Not because of the birds but because of the flowers – the arid scrublands give way to a sea of flowers in the way many deserts can do from time to time, but here at least the rains are more predictable.

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Week 19: Out of Africa!

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All in all we saw almost 30 Ostriches that morning. And so we are out of Africa, or South Africa at least. It seems like every time I have to leave a new country, and each of these has been a first time for me, I keep telling myself that I have to come back soon. From the onset, we were very aware that the time we have allowed was never going to be sufficient. And now it seems that for each new country visited, that sentiment has been increasingly stronger.

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The Wild and Crazy Emu

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The Emu is the second largest living bird in the world by height, second only to the Ostrich. It is also the largest bird native to Australia 1. They can be rather intimidating when they are close up and looking at you eye to eye. Click on photos for full sized images. On my way to do some maintenance on the artificial Burrowing Owl habitat we installed in Anderson a few years ago, I spotted a pair of Emu grazing in a large open field.

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Avian influenza H5N2 in the Mississippi and Pacific Flyways

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Ostriches are infected as well as, in one known case, Falcons. What is H5N2 Avian Influenza? H5N2 is a bird influenza virus that is making news. This mainly affects domestic fowl, and in this sense is not a topic central to 10,000 Birds. But, wild birds are part of the story, and the virus itself has changed and has been known to make wild birds ill.

Here’s the new bird family tree. It’s amazing.

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The avian ancestors of ratites (the flightless ostriches, emus, kiwis, cassowaries, rheas, and extinct moas and elephant birds) and tinamous stopped interbreeding with the ancestors of all other living birds about 100 million years ago, more or less when Spinosaurus was paddling around North Africa and feathered Deinonychus was running around what’s now the western United States.

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Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

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The purple feather of the title is an ostrich plume (now housed in the Museum of London), a symbol of Emmeline’s crusade and personal style (if you saw the 2015 film Suffragette , Meryl Streep, playing Pankhurst, is wearing a hat full purple feathers). In 1885, Alice was charged with the crime of stealing two ostrich feathers from her employer; she was punished with a sentence of three weeks hard labor in prison. A feather is a magical thing.

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My Top 12 Wildlife Watching Moments

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We haven’t seen the reason yet, but suddenly you could have palpated a tension in the air that made the zebras step away and even one female Ostrich stand up… Then the Lord of the waterhole came – the White Rhinoceros. Today is the United Nations World Wildlife Day, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the living world around us.

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Swimming with dolphins

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Even people with no other interest in wildlife, who couldn’t tell a sparrow from an ostrich (or even a dolphin from a fish) love dolphins. People ascribe near mythic status to the members of the family Delphinidae (and other related families). Which has always mystified me slightly. Dolphins are basically just smart sharks that breath air.

The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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Not, as Linneaus thought, an ostrich, nor even, as later scientists concluded, a distant cousin of pigeons deserving of family rank, it was an honest-to-goodness pigeon, deeply embedded within the family Columbidae. The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon.

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Birding and Safari-ing South Africa with the ABA

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The Safari was focused on two locations: (1) Capetown, home of African Penguins at Boulders and Betty’s Bay and Ostriches at the Cape of Good Hope and Greater and Lesser Flamingos at West Coast National Park, and sunbirds and sugarbirds, (2) Kruger National Park, where we birders went gaga over Lions and Leopards and Giraffes, hornbills and storks, a blue lizard, and even, for a few lucky groups, a Secretarybird. (I I wanted Penguins. And Sunbirds.

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England: A Field Guide Review by an Aspiring Naturalist

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Well, I’m sure there are birders out there who can walk past Halloween Pennants or Ostrich Ferns without pausing, and who doesn’t care if the bird is in the White Spruce or Eastern White Pine, but I’ve never met one. Several years ago I asked one of my birding mentors, a curmudgeon with an enviable life list, if he was a bird watcher, a birder, or a lister? None of the above,” he proudly proclaimed, “I am a naturalist!” A naturalist, he told me, looks at everything.

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Tanzania – Africa at its best

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Typical species include busy Secretarybirds that patrol the grasslands, families of Common Ostrich , White-bellied Bustards , Yellow-throated Sandgrouse , vultures, snake-eagles and numerous seedeaters, including lovely Purple Grenadiers and Green-winged Pytlias , to mention just a few. Tanzania is without a doubt the quintessential African safari nation.

The Best Birds of Sydney That Anyone Can See

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Many people may claim to find it hard to distinguish a sparrow from an ostrich but in truth everyone knows what a pelican is. I’m in Sydney for a week of family, birding, diving and enjoying the subtropical climate. Okay, it may not be that hot, but it can’t be worse than Wellington. To celebrate this I thought I’d do a shout out to the great birds of Sydeny.

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Pieces of the New Zealand Puzzle

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First off, it seems that New Zealand’s two iconic families of ratites, large flightless southern birds that includes emus, rhea, ostriches, cassowaries and the extinct elephant birds, are not particularly closely related. It’s been months since I was in Borneo but for any number of reasons I’m still writing about it. This isn’t cause I’m still there mentally, by the way. Mentally I’m already on my next trip, or next two trips actually.

Duncan’s 2015 List

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Struthionidae (Ostriches). Ostritch ( Struthio camelus ); Wakkerstroom, South Africa, 22 February. ANATIDAE (DUCKS). White-faced Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna viduata ); Kasane, Botswana, 1 January. Lesser Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna javanica ); Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore, 25 February. White-backed Duck ( Thalassornis leuconotus ); Wakkerstroom, South Africa, 22 February. Knob-billed Duck, or Comb Duck ( Sarkidiornis melanotos ); Chobe NP, Botswana, 2 January.

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Flying Dinosaurs: A Review by a Triceratops Fan

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Images of ostrich-mimic Ornithomimus by Julius Csotonyi, their fossils indicated that juvenile plumage differed from adult dinosaur plumage; drawings of Sinocalliopteryx and early bird Confuciusornis by Cheung Chungtat; nest of an oviraptorid, large capsule-shaped eggs laid in pairs in a circle, from Wikimedia.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

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And Great Tinamou gets knocked from its taxonomic top spot (a position that it has held since day 1) by the Common Ostrich. Common Ostrich – Struthio camelus. That was May. Month of months. As we pass into June we can forgive some of our northern beats if they take a few moments to savour the past few weeks. But the beats go on in Southern climes and our intrepid little-big-year beat, Tom enters Africa.

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A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects: A Review

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1700, is a fake, formed from a plaster cast of a real Dodo head and real Dodo feet combined with chicken wings and Ostrich feathers. We love our stuff, stuff being the term affectionately given to the objects with which we populate our lives. In birding, we like to think that we don’t need much ‘stuff’. Just give us binoculars, a field guide, and a hat to keep out the sun and rain. Maybe a spotting scope. And a long lens camera. Some memory cards for that camera.

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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Common Ostrich – Struthio camelus. So what do you want first? The numbers? The accolades? The lifers? December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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Common Ostrich – Struthio camelus. A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight. Tom and Pat were toe to toe in Costa Rica , so the numbers from there outshone anything else on the list for November, with over 60% of the month’s total shared between them.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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Common Ostrich – Struthio camelus. And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!).

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. Tom’s own list continues apace Those of us who have tried to do a big year know how tough it gets on the homeward stretch and will be rooting for him. It is also a month when the Law of Diminishing Returns over-took itself.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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Common Ostrich – Struthio camelus. The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring. At the far ends of the world, our southern beats are poised to welcome them back.

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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Common Ostrich – Struthio camelus. It’s all been happening this month. Just when we thought that the beats deserved a quiet month after the exertions of May, they came out with Bushnell’s blazing and gave June both barrels! Honduras , Malaysia and the southern-most bits of South Africa feature large this month with Mike, Duncan and Tom all vying to be MVB for June. Of course we all know it will be Pat… again… , but let them have their fun.

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