Follow purple heron migration on the Internet


This purple heron video is from Spain in 2006.

A purple heron video from South Africa is here.

From Dutch news agency Novum:

AMSTERDAM – From this Thursday on, bird lovers will be able to follow the migration of seven purple herons to Africa on this web site. BirdLife in the Netherlands has provided the herons with satellite transmitters, which makes it possible to find out their whereabouts on the Internet.

One of those seven birds departed last weekend, and is in France now.

BirdLife wants to know exactly where the animals winter. Then, it will become possible to protect those areas and the areas along the migration route.

The names of the seven birds are Karen, Henk, Elsa, Yaa, Lena, Willeke, and Milan.

Plateosaurus mass grave discovered in Switzerland


This is a Swiss plateosaurus video.

Reuters reports:

Dinosaur mass grave discovered in Switzerland

Thu Aug 9, 2007 7:36AM EDT

ZURICH – An amateur paleontologist in Switzerland may have unearthed Europe’s largest dinosaur mass grave after he dug up the remains of two Plateosaurus.

The dinosaurs’ bones came to light during house-building in the village of Frick, near the German border.

“A hobby paleontologist looked at a construction site for a house and happened to discover the bones,” said Monica Ruembeli from the Frick dinosaur museum.

The finds show that an area known for Plateosaurus finds for decades may be much larger than originally thought.

“It could be that the area extends for 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) and in that case, you could certainly say it’s the biggest site in Europe,” said Martin Sander, a dinosaur paleontologist at the university of Bonn in Germany.

The Frick area contained the bones of one animal per 100 square meters, Sander said, so the entire area might contain bones of 100 more Plateosaurus.

The peaceful herbivore — measuring up to 10 meters from head to tail — roamed river deltas in large herds some 210 million years ago, according to some scientists, when most of Switzerland was covered with desert and its landscape may have looked much like the estuary of the Nile now.

There are two other large Plateosaurus sites in Germany, Sander said. It is not known how big they are because one is covered by the town of Halberstadt and the other, near Trossingen, by a forest.

See also here.

See on plateosaurus research earlier this year in Frick here.

Triassic dinosaur tracks in Grisons, Switzerland: here. And here.

Dinosaur fossils in Austria: here.

Dinosaur Mahakala from Mongolia, see here.

Music gets sharks in the mood for love


This video is called zebra shark in Sipadan.

From British daily The Independent:

How do you make a shark mate? Play it Justin Timberlake

By Allan Hall in Berlin

Published: 08 August 2007

German scientists say sharks, long considered as just aquatic killing machines, apparently have feelings too and are more likely to mate if the right music is played to them.

James Last, Justin Timberlake and Salt-N-Pepa are among the artists who get the sharks in the mood for love beneath the waves but Britney Spears left them cold. …

Music is the food of love

Salt-N-Pepa Push It

The sharks in Speyer loved the song and 50 eggs of the cat sharks and dogfish have been seen.

Joe Cocker You Can Leave Your Hat On

A success in Timmendorf with 50 eggs of dogfish and hammerhead sharks.

James Last Traumschiff

Cat sharks in Dresden “got in the mood” and pursued females but there is no evidence of pregnancies yet.

Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body

Zebra sharks in Konstanz were seen to be “courting each other heavily”.

Where to watch sharks? See here.

Basking sharks of Cornwall: here. More basking sharks: here.

Angel Shark Pup Is First-ever Born In Captivity: here.

Woman’s Day – South African National Holiday – 9 August 1956


In this video from South Africa, Jae presents the show ‘One’ with other female presenters on Womans day.

From Alistair Boddy-Evans:

Woman’s Day – South African National Holiday – 9 August 1956

It is 51 years since the Federation of South African Women organized a mass demonstration against the imposition of pass laws on women in South Africa. More than 20,000 women, led by Lilian Ngoyi (a trade unionist and political activist), Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu, and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, took part in the multi-racial march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, to deliver a petition to the prime minister JG Strijdom. (Strijdom was conveniently absent and had the Secretary to the Prime Minister accepted the petition in his stead!)

On the way to the Union Buildings the women sang a freedom song: “Wathint’ abafazi, Strijdom!”

wathint’ abafazi,
wathint’ imbokodo,
uza kufa!

[When] you strike the women,
you strike a rock,
you will be crushed [you will die]!

The phrase wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.

Last year, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the 1956 Women’s March, the South African government decided to rename Strijdom Square, where the Union Buildings in Pretoria are, as Lillian Ngoyi Square – to honor of all those who took part in the historic event.

• Find out more about Federation of South African Women here
• Find out more about Women’s Anti-Pass Law Campaigns in South Africa here

23 September 1913 – Anti-Pass Protests by South African Women: here.

Storks, grebe, and fish


This video from the USA is called: Wingscapes.com: Barn Swallow Nest – Episode 1.

Episode 2 is here.

Today, in the meadow east of the nature reserve, a farmer was mowing grass. The big mower was followed by two white storks and many herring gulls and lesser-black-backed gulls, profiting from the insects stirred by the mowing. Barn swallows also trying to catch insects, but from the air, not from the ground.

Nearby, an angler. In a bucket, five fish which he had caught. Of two species: roach and common dace.

On the castle pond, a moorhen. A great crested grebe nesting.

New Mark Fiore animation on Bush’s domestic spying in the USA


This video from the USA is called NSA Pressured LA Times To Kill Domestic Spying Story.

There is a new Mark Fiore animation on the Internet.

It is called Aye, Spy.

It is about George W. Bush’s domestic spying in the USA.

It is here.

Another video on that subject is here.

Domestic spying update, September 2007: here.