BIRDS — KIWIKIU — Hundreds of bird species are on a track toward extinction. If these species blink out, we’ll have just one species to blame: ours. — PLANET EARTH URBAN LANDSCAPES group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH URBAN LANDSCAPES has over 1,000 members and over 49,000 photos and videos.

KIWIKIU

The Kiwikiu lives as long as 16 years, choosing a single mate and remaining loyal throughout its life. Reproducing slowly, usually producing only a single chick every year or two, the young birds mature slowly, too. Immature birds remain with their parents from five months to over a year.

The Kiwikiu uses its heavy, specialized bill to split branches and extract insect larvae, the bird’s primary prey.

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tango-Boris (architectural photography)Helmut ReicheltRafael Gomez – http://micamara.esRNRobert
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The last year vacation's memories are slowly fading away...

Istanbul at night with Suleymaniye Mosque and beautiful multi-colored reflections in the water of the Golden Horn Bay. View from Galata Bridge.

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BIRDS — FEEDER WATCH CAM — PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE has over 3,800 members and over 173,000 photos and videos. 

Cornell FeederWatch Cam

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SIERRA CLUB — WARMING LAKES WORLDWIDE COULD MEAN MORE TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS — PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE group

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Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE has over 3,800 members and over 173,000 photos and videos.

A new study of algal bloom activity in dozens of freshwater lakes around the world provides an answer: For the past 30 years, lakes nearly everywhere have been experiencing more frequent and severe toxic algal blooms—and a changing climate is one reason why.

Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science used satellite data collected over the past three decades to examine large freshwater lakes across six continents. They searched through more than 72 billion data points to identify statistically significant patterns in algal bloom intensity and found that the severity of algal blooms has increased in over two-thirds of the 71 large lakes studied across 33 countries.

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SEPIA PHOTOGRAPHY — BIRDS — BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH — PLANET EARTH ARCHITECTURE group

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PLANET EARTH ARCHITECTURE has over 6,000 members and over 290,000 photos and videos.

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sitta pusilla
POPULATION: 1.4 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Loblolly, Longleaf, Shortleaf, and pine-oak forests.

The perky, social Brown-headed Nuthatch never strays far from its favorite pine-forest habitat, where small flocks range through the trees, easily detected by their squeaky calls. Even smaller than its close relative the White-breasted Nuthatch, it’s no wonder that this tiny songbird’s species name is pusilla, Latin for “very small.”

Tiny Tool-User

The Brown-headed Nuthatch, like the Green Heron, is one of the few birds in the world known to regularly use tools. When foraging, it may select a flake of pine bark, then use it as a lever to pry up bark scales to get at food hidden beneath, usually insects and spiders or their eggs. This enterprising little bird has also been observed using twigs and pine needles as tools. A Brown-headed Nuthatch will even carry its tool from tree to tree as it forages, or use it to cover up a cache of seeds.

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Josef Lex (El buen soldado Švejk)Michael Lockeroba66Ximo MichavilaRafael Gomez – http://micamara.es
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Old farmhouse in South Tyrol

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Hidden gems

BIRDS — FEEDER WATCH CAM — PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE group

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE has over 3,800 members and over 171,000 photos and videos. 

Cornell FeederWatch Cam

Top Contributors

alexinatempaJohn KocijanskiSARK S-Wl4tsValt3r Rav3ra – DEVOted!
Mann mit Kisten

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Lloyds Building

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The 'Spaceship'