Osprey couple on nest, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

20 April 2017

Get an up close look at a fish exchange between the Hellgate Ospreys before Iris, the female, departs from the nest to eat on a power pole.

Watch live with updates, tweets, and highlights at http://AllAboutBirds.org/ospreys.

Watch the cam and learn about the Montana Osprey Project at http://hs.umt.edu/osprey/.

This Osprey nest is at the mouth of the spectacular Hellgate Canyon at the edge of Missoula, Montana. It’s in a very busy location, right outside the Riverside Health Care Center and next to busy parking lots, a construction site, a busy highway, and a railroad. However, it’s also an ideal location in many ways, since these Ospreys have riverfront property only about 50 feet from the Clark Fork River. Being so close to people does not bother them, and hundreds of people enjoy watching them every day.

The female Osprey at this nest is called Iris because she has very distinctive spots on her iris, especially in her left eye. These iris patterns serve as individual barcodes and allow us to identify her. She has nested at this site for many years.

Osprey brings food to his mate, video


This video from Hell Creek in Montana in the USA says about itself:

Male Osprey Delivers Half Eaten Fish To Female – Sept. 7, 2016

This clip shows the male Osprey (Louis) delivering a half eaten fish to the female (Iris). The Ospreys should be migrating south at any moment!

Tyrannosaurus rex discoverers interviewed


This 24 August 2016 video from Montana in the USA shows an interview with [Dutch born amateur paleontologist] Michele and Blaine Lunstad and ‘Dino Cowboy’ Clayton Phipps; about their discovery of Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ‘Trix‘ in May 2013. Recently, Trix arrived in Naturalis museum in Leiden in the Netherlands.

Osprey nest in Montana, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Hellgate 26 05 2016

With thanks to Riverside Health Care Center, Univ of MontanaBiological Sciences & Cornell Lab of Ornithology for the cam feed.

New dinosaur species discovered ‘accidentally’


This video says about itself:

Judith’s Discovery—New Horned Dinosaur

18 May 2016

Once a dinosaur fossil is found, it’s quite a process to get the bones out of the ground and then prepare them for research and display. See how this was done for the horned dinosaur identified in 2016 at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Its scientific name is Spiclypeus shipporum. Its nickname is Judith, although we don’t know if it was female or male.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Novice fossil collector in Montana ‘accidentally’ discovers a new dinosaur species

A retired nuclear physicist made the ‘accidental’ discovery in 2005

Feliks Garcia, New York

An amateur Montana fossil hunter stumbled across a major discovery more than a decade ago when bones he found turned out to be a new species of dinosaur, researchers announced.

Retired nuclear physicist Bill Shipp discovered the leg bone for “Judith”,  known to scientists as Spiclypeus shipporum, after he hired an amateur paleontologist to teach him how to search for fossils, The Associated Press reports.

Judith, named for the Judith River rock formation near where it was found,  is believed to be a close family member of the more well known horned dinosaur, the triceratops, researchers said in a report published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal. It lived in what would become Montana nearly 7million [sic; about 76 million] years ago.

“I found it accidentally on purpose,” Mr Shipp told the AP. “I was actually looking for dinosaur bones, but with no expectation of actually finding any.”

Researchers found evidence of infection in the 15-foot, four ton plant-eater’s leg, that research[er] Jordan Mallon said would have left the animal vulnerable to predators.

“It’s an exciting story, because it’s a new species, and yet we have this sort of pathetic individual that suffered throughout its lifetime,” Mr Mallon, a paleontologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, said.

“If you’re hobbling along on three limbs, you’re probably not going to be able to keep up with the herd.”

Black rosy-finch foraging, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

27 January 2016

A Black Rosy-Finch forages along the ground in Montana. These finches are among the least studied of North American birds because of their often inaccessible habitat in the high mountains of the central U.S. They eat primarily seeds and insects.

Wilson’s phalarope foraging, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

27 January 2016

Wilson’s Phalarope forage in Montana. Note their characteristic spinning, which creates whirlpools in the nutrient-rich waters, stirring up invertebrate prey and bringing it to the surface.