Temminck´s tragopan (Tragopan temminckii)
The Temminck’s tragopan is a medium-sized, approximately 64 cm long, pheasant in the genus Tragopan.
The male is a stocky red-and-orange bird with white-spotted plumage, black bill and pink legs. It has a bare blue facial skin, inflatable dark-blue lappet and horns.
The female is a white-spotted brown bird with blue circular eye skin. The diet consists mainly of berries, grass and plants.
The Temminck’s tragopan is distributed in forests of northern South Asia, from northeast India, northwest Vietnam, Tibet and northern provinces of China.
Four clusters of these sprouted up in my yard overnight. They were not there last night. This happened last year….they broke through cracks in the dirt after a spell of little to no rain.
A majestic rare albino whale shark graces the ocean
Sometimes, Nature puts on a show that leaves Man awestruck. And these spectacular displays by two denizens of the deep left all who saw them beguiled by their grace and beauty. Divers were stunned by the sight of a 33ft albino whale shark as it glided through the waters off the coast of Darwin, an island in the Galapagos group. (Full Story)
source-The GreenTracks Naturalist
Lophodytes cucullatus -Hooded Merganser (male and female)
My wife and I love this park for all the birds we’ve seen here.
Amazon’s Biggest Fish Faces Threat of Extinction
by Elizabeth Palermo
Measuring 10 ft (3 m) long and weighing in at more than 400 lbs (180 kg), it’s hard to imagine that the arapaima, the largest fish in the Amazon River basin, could ever go missing. But these huge fish are quickly disappearing from Brazilian waterways, according to a new study.
A recent survey of fishing communities in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, found that the arapaima is already extinct in some parts of the Amazon basin. In other parts of the Amazon, its numbers are rapidly dwindling…
(read more: Live Science)
photo by Sergio Ricardo de Oliveira