Cornell red-tailed hawks on webcam again


This video from the USA is called 2014 04 30 163341 Cornell hawks 7 30 pm feeding.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Cornell’s most watched Red-tailed Hawks, Big Red and Ezra, have returned to begin breeding. This year they are investing in their 2012 nest site, located about 200 meters from their nest of the last two years. A last-minute effort to get a new set of cams up on the old site required coordination from staff across campus, and the good news is that the installation was successful. Watch cam.

We typically don’t launch new cams on Fridays, because we have fewer resources to fix any issues that might arise over the weekend. However, it’s entirely possible that Big Red will lay her first egg soon, and we want you to have the best chance of seeing it happen. They’ve been visiting the nest off and on over the last week, and have been spotted mating atop nearby structures.

Chat will reopen in the coming weeks—till then, stay tuned to the cam as Big Red and Ezra prepare for the coming season. Thanks for watching!

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to all its nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Travelling the World Solo

2. quirkyjen

3. Lauren says it all

4. Scientia Plus Conscientia

5. Connie’s World

6. Seabird wildlife sightings

7. Robbie Wild Hudson

8. juniorstopdiscriminationtodaymayema

9. Food Fellowship and Wine

10. AyzhanChikeyeva

11. peopleworldandpolitics

12. Ramblings of a cinephile

13. Remember Mary Barbour

14. Klarinet

15. Chef Frankie’s Crazy Adventures

Saudi women get whip lashes for Internet messages


This video says about itself:

27 September 2011

Amnesty International says a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. CNN’s Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Saudi woman sentenced to 70 lashes for allegedly insulting man on WhatsApp

In a separate case, a judge allowed a man to divorce his wife after she told him she prayed ‘to be patient enough to put up’ with him on the messaging service

Henry Austin

Wednesday 18 March 2015

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a woman to 70 lashes after she allegedly insulted a man on the messaging service WhatsApp.

The 32-year-old, who has not been named, admitted to insulting the man but also refuted the verdict, according to reports in GulfNews.com and other local media.

The nature of their argument was unclear but she was found guilty of tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through the application, reported the Okaz newspaper who also said she was fined around £3,600 for the offense.

In a separate case, another Saudi judge allowed a man to divorce his wife after she told him that she prayed “to be patient enough to put up” with him in a WhatsApp message, the Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

The husband is said to have claimed that the message was “inappropriate.”

They are not the first to fall foul of the Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law, as in July last year two women in the city of Jeddah were sentenced to 10-days in jail and 20 lashes for insulting each other on WhatsApp.

A judge issued the verdict after reading the messages exchanged between the the women who were reportedly cousins.

Less posts on this blog, temporarily


This video is about blogging on WordPress.

During the next few days, there will be temporarily less posts on this blog than usually.

However, I think these days with less entries posts will provide inspiration for good blog posts.

So, stay tuned!

Little owls back in nestbox


This video is about a little owl couple, back in their nestbox in the Netherlands for this year’s nesting season.

The video is from 23 February 2015.

This little owl couple can be seen on the webcam here.

Papua damselfly named after wildlife Internet site administrator


Metagrion hueberae, photo: © Kelompok Entomologi Papua

Translated from the newsletter of Waarneming.nl in the Netherlands:

March 2, 2015

Metagrion hueberae was caught in 2009 in the Bird’s Head (Papua, Indonesia) by J. Kaize of Kelompok Entomologi Papua. He is a student at the University of Jayapura trained by volunteers of the Papua Insect Foundation. The genus Metagrion is endemic to New Guinea and adjacent islands and limited to streams and rivers in tropical rainforests. The official description of this species will be published in a scientific journal later this year.

The new species was named after Ms Anne Hueber, administrator for damselflies and dragonflies at Waarmeming.nl.

Male damselflies, like many other winged insects, engage in energy-consuming aerial stand-offs to secure the best mates and territory. But these potentially damaging fights are not just randomly entered into, researchers have discovered. Before they embark on aerial sparring, a male damselfly will first works out its strategy: here.