Tiger, giant tortoise, penguin 360° Virtual Reality videos


This video series from the Netherlands says about itself:

February 2016: VR Gorilla and Dierenpark Amersfoort collaborated in creating several 360° VR experiences.

We shot footage of [African] penguins, coypus, meerkats, [Aldabra giant] tortoises and.. one big tiger! This was the main event for the day. Our plan was to place our 360° cam inside the tigers’ terrain, close to a bungee cord with a big chunk of meat attached to it. We sort of assumed the tiger would leave the camera alone and go straight for the meat. We also figured the tiger would possibly leave most of the camera intact in case it would go for it..

We were wrong on both accounts! A full-grown Siberian tiger will eat our camera like candy, and as it turns out that’s exactly what it tried to do.. Fortunately for us he didn’t succeed, with thanks to the keepers at Dierenpark Amersfoort who insisted on coming up with a back up plan to pull the camera up into safety from the tiger’s claws. We are very glad they insisted on this, since our camera survived to shoot more videos.

Dragon’s Loyalty Award, thanks unbolt and Sam!


Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Thanks to unbolt and Sam for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award for this blog!

The rules of this award are:

  • Put the logo on your post
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Write 5 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-10 bloggers (and notify them at their blogs)

Five things about myself and my blog:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from so far today?

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Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 2
Macedonia FlagMacedonia 2
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 1
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2. Where did most visits to my blog come from this year?

Top Views by Country for 365 days ending 2016-03-23 (Summarized)

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United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 20,371
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 6,761
Canada FlagCanada 4,846
Germany FlagGermany 4,014
Jamaica FlagJamaica 3,444
Australia FlagAustralia 3,402
France FlagFrance 3,336
India FlagIndia 2,311
Spain FlagSpain 1,241
Italy FlagItaly 1,113
Philippines FlagPhilippines 1,062
Romania FlagRomania 1,047
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 1,020
Belgium FlagBelgium 1,005

3. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits so far today?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 21
Bernie Sanders wins Utah, Idaho primary elections 8
Brussels atrocities, abused by Trump, Cruz for torture, war propaganda 7
White storks in love, video 4
Sea slug, under water video 4
Belgian fascist suspect of Brabant massacres 4
Great cormorant mating season, video 3
Barn swallows will return to their nests 3
White-tailed eagles nesting again 2
Ernest Hemingway’s anti-war poems 2

4. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits this year?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2016-03-23 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 15,557
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 1,390
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament 1,203
Most hated animals top 50 1,029
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 1,020
About 788
Günter Grass poem on Greece and austerity, English translation 672
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 642
Helen Keller photo rediscovered after 120 years 489
Big anti-austerity demonstration, 4 October, Manchester, England 484
Poverty in Britain 481
After 35 years, wounds of Vietnamese napalm girl Kim Phuc still hurt 391
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 378
Brigitte Bardot’s Islamophobia and anti-Semitism 357
Che Guevara’s favourite poems discovered 355
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 353
Sandra Bland information update 325
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 311
Siberian rubythroat, first time in the Netherlands 310

5. Which referrers referred most to my blog this year?

Referrers for 365 days ending 2016-03-23 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 90,269
WordPress.com Reader 5,236
Facebook 1,628
Twitter 928
WordPress Dashboard 573
widgets.wp.com 532
mail.yahoo.com 284
topix.com 251
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 165
Reddit 159
kopleft.com/youll-never-walk-alone-lyrics-and-history/ 113
theobamacrat.com 109

My ten nominees are:

1. Denisa Aricescu

2. RollinwithCaroline

3. The Jurassic Inquirer

4. Femme et infos

5. Too much Too soon

6. Linksom!

7. anthonymize.net

8. La luz no basta

9. shreyasharma

10. Tassles of Intertwined Emotions

United States BirdLife site now also in Spanish


This video from the USA says about itself:

A Short History of the National Audubon Society

25 July 2013

A look into the origins of the National Audubon Society, from its inception in 1886 to its work today as well as Rachel Carson‘s work to ban the use of DDT, a harmful pesticide.

From BirdLife:

Audubon becomes bilingual to serve Spanish-speakers

By James Lowen, Thu, 17/03/2016 – 21:52

The National Audubon Society (BirdLife in the US), has expanded its online offerings to serve Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America. Audubon’s goal is to broaden awareness of birds and bird conservation.

For the first time in the organisation’s 111-year history, US Hispanics and Latin American nationals have online access to a Spanish version of Audubon’s seminal field guide to North American birds, selected news stories and information about conservation issues. “Bringing Audubon’s content to Spanish-speaking communities”, says David Yarnold (Audubon President and CEO), “will enable more people to care for the amazing wildlife we share”.

Audubon has both domestic and international aspirations. More than 35 million U.S. Hispanics speak Spanish at home. Given that a recent poll found that Hispanic voters feel protecting U.S. wildlife to be almost as important as comprehensive immigration reform (79% vs 80%), Audubon is targeting a large and potentially supportive domestic audience.

Speaking to the Nieman Journalism Lab, Audubon chief marketing officer Jose Carbonell explained that Audubon “has been looking at the Latino audience for a long time; it is really passionate about the environment and wildlife.” Carbonell said that translating website content into Spanish could encourage many Hispanics to “share our passion and mission”. Publishing online a Spanish version of Audubon’s Guide to North American birds was Audubon’s reponse to realising that “if you’re a Spanish speaker and wanted to look up birds in Spanish, there was nowhere online to search for that information”.

Mindful that eight in ten North American bird species also occur in Spanish-speaking Latin America, engaging communities in those countries helps the 380 migrant species that spend half their life south of the United States. “Birds don’t know borders”, says David Yarnold, “and neither do the threats they face”.

Bird mural in Cornell, USA on the Internet


This video from the USA says about itself:

Artist Jane Kim reflects on her giant mural at the Lab of Ornithology

22 December 2015

Science illustrator and artist Jane Kim discusses her mural “From So Simple a Beginning: Celebrating the Evolution and Diversity of Birds,” which graces a 70-by-40-foot wall in the visitor’s center of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

One Planet, So Many Cool Birds

Wrap your head around the spectacular diversity of birdlife while exploring the artistry of the Cornell Lab’s new mural–online! View the mural in its entirety and zoom in on any of the 270 species to appreciate each brushstroke.

One click uncovers each bird’s way of life, voice, and range—with sounds from the Macaulay Library and dynamically updated maps from eBird. Vote for your favorites to help others discover the most interesting birds on the planet. Explore the Wall of Birds.

Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Paul!


Versatile Blogger Award

My blogging friend Paul of the blog wwwpalfitness has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The rules of this award are:

Display the award;
Thank the person who nominated you;
Share seven facts about yourself; and
Nominate up to 10 other bloggers.

My seven facts are:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from today so far?

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United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 12
Canada FlagCanada 10
Australia FlagAustralia 8
Russia FlagRussia 5
Philippines FlagPhilippines 4
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 4
France FlagFrance 3
China FlagChina 3
India FlagIndia 2
South Korea FlagSouth Korea 2
Italy FlagItaly 1
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 1

2. Where did most visits to my blog come from this month?

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2016-03-15 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 7,300
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,586
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 597
Canada FlagCanada 375
Germany FlagGermany 290
Jamaica FlagJamaica 272
France FlagFrance 245
Australia FlagAustralia 240
India FlagIndia 166
Romania FlagRomania 151
Spain FlagSpain 139
Russia FlagRussia 107
Philippines FlagPhilippines 98
Italy FlagItaly 89
Ireland FlagIreland 75
Belgium FlagBelgium 72
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 61
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 60
Poland FlagPoland 58
Sweden FlagSweden 54
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 53
Bahrain FlagBahrain 50

3. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 21
Donald Trump’s paramilitary force soon? 5
Wigeons, other Texel island ducks 4
Hungarian police throws food at refugees, like at farm pigs 3
Nazi tattoos in Germany 3
Günter Grass poem on Greece and austerity, English translation 3
Burger King contaminated food scandal in Germany 3
Teal, brent geese and grey heron 3
European bison to Dutch nature reserve 3
Tufted duck family feeding, video 3

4. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits this quarter?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2016-03-15 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 982
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 120
Most hated animals top 50 95
Ban all Muslims from the USA, Donald Trump says 83
United States Republican Donald Trump, how he sees the world 75
Drowned medieval English town Dunwich, new research 69
Siberian rubythroat, first time in the Netherlands 62
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 60
Hillary Clinton’s money from dictatorships 57
Fukushima nuclear disaster news 56
About 54
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament 52
Che Guevara’s favourite poems discovered 51
Hieronymus Bosch, new film on ancient painter 50

5. Most popular topics Dear Kitty. Some blog has written about

Topic Views
Human rights 526
Environment 413
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 294
Birds 286
Peace and war 222
history 173
Mammals 170
Netherlands 166
Racism and anti-racism 158

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

6. To which Internet sites were most hyperlink clicks on my blog this quarter?

Clicks for 90 days ending 2016-03-15 (Summarized)

URL Clicks
en.wikipedia.org 365
WordPress.com Media 143
nos.nl 43
http://www.independent.co.uk 36
morningstaronline.co.uk 35
http://www.theguardian.com 30

7. Which referrers referred most o my blog this quarter?

Referrers for 90 days ending 2016-03-15 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 23,504
WordPress.com Reader 1,770
Facebook 406
Twitter 261
mail.yahoo.com 124
widgets.wp.com 113
WordPress Dashboard 97
topix.com 52
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 50
kopleft.com/youll-never-walk-alone-lyrics-and-history/ 45
Reddit 43
raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com 31
theobamacrat.com 31

My ten nominees are:

1. Maxwell’s Mostly Irrelevant Musings

2. Greenwich Lane

3. raulconde001

4. Murder in Common

5. spacesXplaces

6. C.M. Blackwood

7. Journeys in Spirit with Cristen Rodgers

8. Boonie’s Adventure

9. transatlantictransadvocates

10. Life is all about PAIN

30,000 posts milestone for my blog


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Today my blog reached the 30,000 posts milestone. I started blogging in 2005. Some of these posts appeared already before I moved to WordPress in 2011; some after.

Blog post #30,000 was the wood thrushes at their nest blog post.