Pic taken by MacChristiansen in New South Wales, Australia
Caleana major, the Flying Duck Orchid, is a small orchid, about 20 in. tall, found in eastern and southern Australia.
This ground orchid features a remarkable flower, resembling a duck in flight. Each plant consists of a green stem, a single green leaf at the base of the stalk, and 2-4 flowers. Flowering occurs from September to January.
The flower is an attractant to insects, such as male sawflies which pollinate the flower in a process known as pseudocopulation.
This orchid can be found in Queensland to South Australia, to even Tasmania, in eucalyptus woodland, swampy shrubland and heathland, but mostly near the coast although occasionally at higher altitudes. Because of its small size, it is a difficult plant to notice in the wild.
H/t Project Noah
Pics taken by RachaelB, in Victoria, Australia
The Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus), also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, found in almost all parts of mainland Australia. The word galah is derived from Australian Aboriginal languages.
Galahs are about 14 in long and weigh 270–350 g. The genders appear similar, but the male has very dark brown (almost black) irises, and the female has medium-brown or red irises. The colors of juvenile galahs are duller than the adults.
Flocks of galahs will often congregate and forage on foot for food in open grassy areas. These birds nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually two or five in a clutch. The eggs are incubated for about 25 days, and both the male and female share the incubation. The chicks leave the nest about 49 days after hatching.
Like most other cockatoos — and unlike too many humans — Galahs are monogamous and form strong lifelong bonds with their partners.
H/t Project Noah
3 Murdering lowlife scumbags. umm, who should become Bubba’s Bitch on their first day in jail.
click a link, any link. These thug bastards should fry. I hate to say this but you know the dem’s will turn this into gun control again. I hate them, I really Do.
Posted in 2014 Election, Animals, conspiracy, crime, Gun Control/2nd Amendment, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Media, Obama's America, Racism
Tagged Australia, Chief of police, Christopher Lane, COPS (TV series), East Central University, Matt Drudge, murder, United States
Pics taken by Mark Ridgway, in Victoria, Australia.
The Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) is a cross-eyed, noisy little bird in the honeyeater family Meliphagidae.
Endemic to eastern and southeastern Australia, including Tasmania, the Noisy Miner is about 9.4–11 inches long, with a wingspan of 14–18 in, and weighing 2.5–2.8 oz. It has a mottled grey breast, dark brown wings, and a black mask with yellow behind each eye which gives the bird a cross-eyed appearance.
As the common name suggests, the Noisy Miner is a vocal species with a large range of songs, calls, scoldings and alarms, and almost constant vocalizations particularly from young birds. They are gregarious, territorial, and communal — forming colonies of several hundred birds that forage, bathe, roost, breed and defend their territory. Each bird has an “activity space” and birds with overlapping activity spaces form associations called “coteries,” the most stable units within the colony. The birds also form temporary coalitions for specific activities such as mobbing a predator. Group cohesion is facilitated by vocalizations and ritualized displays.
Foraging in the canopy of trees and on trunks and branches and on the ground, the Noisy Miner mainly eats nectar, fruit and insects. Courtship and copulation are a frenzied communal event. The bird breeds all year long, building a deep cup-shaped nest and laying two to four eggs. Incubation is by the female only, although up to twenty male helpers take care of the nestlings and fledglings.
H/t Project Noah
A guy asked a girl in a university library, “Do you mind if I sit beside you?
The girl replied with a loud voice, “I DON ‘T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU!”
All the students in the library started staring at the guy. He was truly embarrassed.
After a couple of minutes the girl walked quietly to the guy’s table and said, “I study psychology,
and I know what a man is thinking. I guess you felt embarrassed, right?
The guy then responded with a loud voice, $500 FOR ONE NIGHT? THAT’S TOO MUCH!
All the people in the library looked at the girl in shock.
The guy whispered in her ear, “I study law, and I know how to screw people”.
~Steve~ H/T I_Man.. Again LOL
Posted in Art, Culture War, Humor, Uncategorized
Tagged Arts and Entertainment, Australia, Fun Games and Poetry, Guy (band), Guy Fawkes Day, holiday, libraries, Oceania
Photos taken by naross, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) are Australian native birds and are members of the nightjar family. Often mistaken for owls, Tawny Frogmouths are more closely related to kookaburras and kingfishers than to owls.
Males and females look alike and are 14–21 in long. These birds can weigh up to 1.5 lbs to as much as 3.1 lbs in the case of overweight zoo specimens. They have yellow eyes and a wide beak topped with a tuft of bristly feathers. They make loud clacking sounds with their beaks and emit a reverberating booming call.
Tawny Frogmouths hunt at night and spend the day roosting on a dead log or tree branch close to the tree trunk. Their camouflage is excellent and by staying very still and upright, they look just like part of the branch.
The Tawny Frogmouth’s diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs, snails, small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. They catch their prey by pouncing to the ground from a tree or other elevated perch. Some preys, such as moths, are caught in flight, which has led to many unfortunate instances of birds being hit by cars while chasing insects illuminated in the beam of the headlights. Unlike owls who fly around at night hunting, the Frogmouths sit very still on a low perch and wait for food to come to them, catching their prey with their beaks rather than with their talons. Like owls, Frogmouths have large eyes, excellent hearing, and are silent in flight.
The Tawny Frogmouth can be seen in almost any habitat type (except the denser rainforests and treeless deserts), including heath, forest and woodlands, urban and rural areas. They also have been seen in backyards and on fences, roosting during daylight hours in trees.
Source: Project Noah
Abe and Esther are flying to Australia for a two-week vacation to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Suddenly, over the public address system, the captain announces, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m afraid I have some very bad news. Our engines have ceased functioning and we will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily, I see an uncharted island below us and we should be able to land on the beach. However, the odds are that we may never be rescued and will have to live on the island for the rest of our lives!”
Thanks to the skill of the flight crew, the plane lands safely on the tiny island.
An hour later Abe turns to his wife and asks, “Esther, did we pay our VISA and MasterCard bills yet?”
“No, sweetheart,” she responds.
Abe, still shaken from the crash landing, then asks, “Esther, did we pay our American Express card yet?”
“Oh, no! I’m sorry. I forgot to send the check,” she says.
“One last thing Esther. Did you remember to send the estimate check to the IRS this quarter?” he asks.
“Oh, forgive me, Abe,” begged Esther. “I didn’t send that one, either.”
Abe grabs her and gives her the biggest kiss in 40 years.
Esther pulls away and asks him, “What was that for?”
Abe answers, “They’ll find us!”
H/t FOTM’s WildBillAlaska
Well not exactly you will see. If you would be so kind as to scroll down just a bit you will see.
This photo was taken somewhere in Europe, and I can’t believe I never saw it before – specially since the author behind it is one and only #Julian Beever, master of 3D pavement art. What you see below is a street and a plain stone bench occupied by an ordinary citizen and one unordinary creature. Both pavement and bench are partially covered by a chalk drawing. The drawing disappears in places, and at one point seems to bump into a metal pole. What I find so interesting about this anamorphic painting is it’s seamless transition between flat pavement surface and a bench. But I guess this all makes sense when you see it from another angle. Both photos are included!
Posted in Animals, Art, God's creation, Humor, Inspirational, Media
Tagged art, Australia, Brisbane, education, Julian Beever, Paul Nixon, Street painting, Visual Arts
It’s been an amazing year in the fight against the UN Agenda 21-Sustainable Development juggernaut. As public awareness has grown through the efforts of citizen activists from both sides of the political spectrum, political parties and legislators are taking a stand. You can find the anti-Agenda 21 legislation here,
They’re fighting it in Australia, too. Member of Parliament, Ann Bressington, spells out the totalitarian plan chronologically and names the names of the perpetrators quoting NWO boy, George H.W. Bush, ” There will be a profound reorientation of all human activity.”
In the face of the pushback by average citizens and legislators, the UN-USA Executive Director, Patrick Madden, posted an article in March, 2012 calling the people taking a stand against UN Agenda 21 conspiracy theory wackos and called supporters of Agenda 21 “… we do need to be vocal and vigorous in defense of the UN to ensure the facts are set straight and our message is heard. You can do this by speaking at city council meetings or writing a Letter to the Editor and op-ed, specifically tailored to debunking the Agenda 21.“
It’s going to be an uphill battle for the UN boys. It’s hard to debunk a conspiracy when videos of United Nations strongman Maurice Strong, reveals himself as a conspirator in pushing the true agenda behind Agenda 21.
Posted in Agenda 21, conspiracy, Constitution, Culture War, Evil, Idiots, Insanity, New World Order, Uncategorized
Tagged Agenda 21, Ann Bressington, Australia, Club of Rome, Common Law, creating a crisis, food supply, George H.W. Bush, Gov. Dixie Lee Ray, Heritage Status, Lima Declaration, Maurice Strong, national sovereignty, Patrick Madden, Rio Declaration, Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, think tank, UN-USA, water allocation
Photo taken by SatyenM in Maharashtra, India
The blue banded bee (Amegilla cingulata) is a bee native to Australia, believed to contribute to at least 30% of the continent’s crops through its distinctive “buzz pollination“.
Cingulata is from the Latin word cingulum (“belt”) referring to the bee’s distinctive bands. Unlike the honey bee, A. cingulata has pale blue stripes on its abdomen instead of yellow. The female has four bands; the male has five complete bands that are brighter blue in color to attract female bees. In size, blue banded bees can grow to 0.39–0.47 in.
In contrast to honey bees that live in hives, blue banded bees are solitary creatures who build solitary nests, though often close to one another. Blue banded can sting but are not as aggressive as other bees. They nest in soft sandstone, burrows, dried up river banks, old clay homes and in mortar between bricks. Cells at the end of tunnels contain an egg with a pollen/nectar mixture for emerging larvae.
Though native to Australia, the blue banded bee is also found in tropical and subtropical Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor and Malaysia. The bees inhabit urban areas, woodlands, forests and heath areas.
H/t Project Noah