Thursday, September 20, 2018

PARAKEET Auklet

Parakeet Auklet (Cyclorrhynchus psittacula) fi...
Parakeet Auklet (Cyclorrhynchus psittacula) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Parakeet Auklet was first identified to science by Simon Peter Pallas (22 September 1741 to 8 September 1811) a zoologist and botanist who worked in Russia. He received his doctorate degree at the age of nineteen the Netherlands at the University of Leiden. He was a voluminous writer, and there are numerous biological species, streets, and an asteroid named after him.

Like all birds, the Parakeet Auklet belongs to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata (animals having backbones), and Class Aves. It belongs to the Order Charadriiformes, the family Alcidae, the Genus Aethia, and the species Psittacula. Its scientific name, therefore, is Aethia Psittacula. It has also been identified as Cyclorrhynchus Psittacula and Phaleris Psittacula.

The bird has a black head and black upper parts. Its breast, extending to its shoulders, and its belly is white. Its eye is white. There is a distinct white plume that begins at the back edge of the eye and protrudes backward, the length of the head. The short bill is orange and upturned so that the Parakeet Auklet has peculiar fixed expression.

The Parakeet Auklet makes a series of rhythmic hoarse calls and a quavering squeal. It is very vocal at its nesting site. It calls on its own and sings a duet with its mate. It lives in the boreal waters of Alaska, Kamchatka, and Siberia. It finds its food in the ocean, diving as much as 30 meters to catch its prey, which includes jellyfish and small planktonic crustaceans such as euphausiids, copepods, and amphipods. It makes its nest on the rocky cliffs of islands.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Most Gentle MACAW - The Lovable Green Wing

Green-winged Macaw (also known as the Red-and-...
Green-winged Macaw (also known as the Red-and-green Macaw) at Jurong BirdPark, Singapore.
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
The Green Winged Macaw, scientific name Ara Chloroptera, is also commonly known as the Maroon Macaw or Red and Green Macaw. They are second only in size to the Hyacinth Macaw. The Green Wing is often confused with the Scarlet because of all the red coloring but can easily be told apart by looking at their backs. The Green Wing has a green band of color while the Scarlet has a yellow band of color across its back.

The Green Wing is one of the most colorful Macaws, bright red is the dominant color while the feathers near the body are dark red and turn green in the middle of the wing and the tips are lined in a bluish color. The tail is also a dark red with bluish tips. Their feet are dark grey and the iris is a pale yellow. These birds are between 25-36 inches long head to tail and have a soaring span of up to 49 inches. The Lovable Green Wing can tip the scale at over 1800 grams and have extremely powerful beaks.

The natural habitat of the green wing is Central and South America, running from eastern Panama south across northern South America, east of the Andes to Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. They can be found in the rainforests and at clay cliffs running along the river banks. However, because of deforestation and the illegal pet trade, the Green Wing Macaw has been put on the endangered species list. It will probably only be through captive breeding that this lovable bird stays off the extinct species list. Their main source of food is a speckled sunflower, high in protein. They also consume white sunflower, shelled oats, corn seed, peanuts, pine nuts, hemp, and buckwheat. You can supplement their diet with tropical fruit, vegetables, and various nuts.

The Green Wing is a social bird and flock animal while they mate for life, in the wild these birds can travel in family groups of up to 100 birds. Even in such large flocks, mates will stick close to each other. These Macaws are naturally active and spend many hours a day flying, playing and eating. In captivity, these birds still require a lot of activity and must be given ample playtime.

These birds are very lovable, intelligent, and inquisitive. This makes them great companions for a single person or a whole family if the bird is socialized properly. However, being inquisitive has its drawbacks. These birds see everything in their environment as their toys or food; therefore they can chew on electric cords or tear up those cherished keepsakes, so keep this in mind when you let them out for fun and exercise. 



Also, because they are so intelligent they sense our mood and often get in that same mood too; i.e., if you are angry they get angry if you are happy they are happy. Remember, approach your bird as a friend and family member and enjoy a happy and lifelong companionship with your lovable giant, the Green Wing Macaw.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Basic BIRD WATCHING Apparel - The Must-Haves

English: Sheena Harvey editor of Bird Watching...
Sheena Harvey editor of BirdWatching magazine,
at a bird-watchers' fair at Middleton Hall.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In anything you do, it is better if you are geared up for an activity before it even starts so that you'll be able to give your best once you are into it.  Same is true when it comes to bird watching.

Which One?
Are you a birdwatcher or a birder? The birdwatchers do such activity for fun. They are fond of the birds but they also want to enjoy the sights. They do their observation even without the help of any kit but, of course, they won't say no to a binocular but doesn't really mind its class or type. They are doing the activity to relax. And they can do such wherever they please, including at their own backyards.

The birders are serious about the activity. They don't merely want to observe, they want to learn and share that knowledge for the world to know. They study each and every movement of each and every species of the birds they encounter. They would go the extra mile to seek out new territories, to find out new kinds of birds and to study such further.

Between the two types of bird watching enthusiast, birders require the more apparel to them because of their purpose for doing the act. Those things that the birders need to have can also be used by the birdwatchers but they aren't really particular about such stuff.

Geared Up
The basic needs of a person involved in this activity are, of course, the binoculars, spotting scope would also be helpful especially the kind with a tripod, notepad wherein to keep their journal and field guides. 

The binoculars become so popular with bird watching activity that manufacturers even came up with the type that is intended only for this action. This tool helps one see the birds clearly. Although the good ones cost more than the simpler versions, it is advisable to invest on such especially if you are doing this activity with such passion and you feel the need to know more and more about the birds that you are observing or have already seen.

Purchasing a spotting scope with a tripod is like declaring the passion to a different level. Now, you're proving to be more serious about what you're doing and that you want to see more clearly than what the binoculars can do. Spotting scopes are actually telescopes, this is why its view can reach farther. This type is mounted on a tripod for the user's easy navigation.

The field guides can be useful for someone who's into the activity to know where to go, to ascertain where to look and to help them easily locate what they are looking for. They can keep as many depending on where they have been or where they plan to go.

A notepad is also a bird watcher's best friend. They can document on it, jot down their observation, list down the things that are bogging them and note what they what to find out in future research.

As days go by, the bird watching apparel available in the market becomes more and more complicated but likewise helpful for the enthusiasts. It is advisable to invest in good quality even though the cost is higher because, in the long run, you'll benefit more from such because it will last longer.



Monday, September 17, 2018

BELIZE - A Destined Location For The Newlywed LOVEBIRDS

Great Blue Hole, Coast of Belize - a phenomeno...
Great Blue Hole, Coast of Belize (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
After a tiring and hectic wedding ceremony, the newlywed couples need a romantic and secluded location to spend some intimate moments together. The honeymoon is a perfect time to know your love of life and spend some memorable moments together. In order to make your honeymoon a success, you need to choose an ideal honeymoon destination. Out of innumerable destinations spread evenly all around the globe, Belize is considered to be the destined spot for the lovebirds. The former colony of British Honduras, Belize is the only country in the entire Central American Land without any shoreline on the Pacific Ocean. The only shoreline is located on the Caribbean Sea on the east. This amazing land is located amid Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the south and the west.

With a long Caribbean coastline, this amazing destination is similar to the primitive British island Colonies. Being located in the tropical region, Belize experiences a hot and humid climate. The months of May to November are known for their long duration rains, whereas, the dry season can be experienced from the months of February to May. So, you need to plan your trip after considering the above stated climatic conditions. The remains of the Mayan culture are one of the main highlights of this destination. The couples can explore the Mayan ruins in order to make their trip more exciting and memorable.

Belize can be easily accessed through airways or waterways. Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is the main international gateway to this amazing honeymoon spot. You can also board quite a number of Caribbean cruises in order to reach this location. Honeymoon in Belize is not just about tropical forests, luxurious beach resorts, and pristine beaches. There is a lot more to explore and innumerable activities to enjoy in the region including wildlife, trekking, scuba diving, cave exploration tours, kayaking, horse riding, canoeing, swimming, manatee watching and much more.

Apart from all these, there are quite a number of romantic resorts and hotels available for the honeymoon couples. Seven Seas Resort, Ruby's Hotel, Blue Reef Island Resort, Tradewinds Paradise Villas, Belizean Cove Estates, Belize Beach Suites, La Perla del Caribe, Exotic Caye Beach Resort and Ambergris Caye Luxury Resorts are some of the main places to accommodate in the Belizean Land. You can spend your intimate honeymoon moments at these hotels and resorts and make your trip worth remembering for a lifetime.



So, if you are looking forward to a perfect honeymoon destination, then visiting Belize is a perfect option for you.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

BUSCH GARDENS Williamsburg Review - A Look at LORIKEET Glen, Sesame Street Attractions, and More

Entrance to Busch Gardens, featuring the count...
Entrance to Busch Gardens, featuring the countries flags (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Are you going to be in Virginia any time soon? If so, then you might want to take some time to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This 383-acre theme park features some of the most beautiful sights in the South. Much of its landscaping has a European feel to it. Many of the attractions and rides are based on European culture and myth.

The park features a variety of Broadway-style shows, roller coasters, wildlife attractions, and more. Busch Gardens Williamsburg coupons will help you save on your vacation, so be sure to look for some before booking your trip.

There are different kinds of tickets, including single-day tickets and pass membership options. Those with pass memberships get all kinds of special perks. If you plan on staying for more than one day, check out some of the vacation packages which include a stay in one of the hotels or inns in the area.
Once you arrive at the park, you will find that there is plenty to do and see. If you're interested in conservation, head to Jack Hanna's Wildlife Reserve. This is home to a number of wild species, including bald eagles and gray wolves. Both of these creatures are magnificent and worth seeing up close.

There is also the Lorikeet Glen, which is home to many colorful birds. It's a free-flight aviary with thousands of exotic birds. Some of them might even glide down to say "hello" to you.

If you are bringing some kids along, you will find that many of the rides and attractions are family-friendly. Sesame Street Forest of Fun is one of the most popular areas of the park. There are safe, fun rides here for younger children. Kids can also meet with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street favorites. They can even get their picture taken with their favorite character!

There are some exciting roller coasters for older kids and adults. The Loch Ness Monster is by far the most exciting. Instead of going all the way to Scotland for a glimpse of this legendary lake creature, you can see it at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This monster is 13-stories tall and offers riders a 114-foot drop, with speeds topping 60 miles per hour.


Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the hidden gems of the Southeast. In recent years, it has expanded so much that it's now drawing more attention from the rest of the country. No matter where you're from, you should visit this park at least once this year - you won't regret it!

Don't make the mistake of thinking that a Busch Gardens vacation has to cost a lot of money. It's actually the opposite: Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets are available at a low price. Just look at your options for single day passes annual passes, etc.