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Flowers And A Bird—Please Have A Great Spring Weekend

It is Easter weekend and Passover and whatever else it is that you would like it to be.

I hope you are getting some time with family and friends. Or time alone if that is what sails your ship.

I thought a good post for such a hopeful spring weekend would involve flowers and a bird.

Below are some flowers from the nice Bayou Bend Gardens in Houston.

Here are facts about flowers. 

I don’t know what kind of flowers they are, but they are quite colorful.

Below is a picture of a cardinal that I took in Cincinnati last month.

I was sitting in a city park eating a White Castle cheeseburger when I saw that bird. Cities are great for having nature and cheeseburgers all in proximity to one another.

Here are facts about birds.  Here are facts about cardinals. 

Have a great weekend and please drive safely.

April 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Classic Houston Scene

Above is a classic Houston scene.

The picture shows sea birds flocking on the periphery of the Houston Ship Channel and in front of an auto demolition lot.

To ignore either the natural aspects of Houston, or the industrial landscape of the city, would be to miss the full story of Houston.

In my travels around the city, I try to take it all in.

The natural world and the man made world give value and meaning to one another. Both are essential for people to have productive and enjoyable lives.

(Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

February 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Four Bird Species Work Together To Eat Trash

Here are four bird species working as a team to eat trash on the Galveston Seawall. I took this picture last week.

I think this picture really shows that we can all come together in life despite our differences.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Bird In Airport

Here is a picture I took earlier this week of a bird in the Cincinnati airport.

The bird seemed well. It was hopping around on the carpet and nibbling and pecking at crumbs on the floor.

The bird saw me eating a bagel and  hopped over hoping I would make some crumbs.

Sometimes the bird would fly over to the potted tree near the door of the smoking lounge in the terminal. It would sit on the tree for a few minutes before coming back to look for some more food.

I think the bird was doing just fine in the airport. It sure was cold outside.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Giant Killer Eagle May Have Eaten People

An ancient eagle, now sadly extinct, may have eaten people.

The creature was a Haast’s Eagle. Above is an illustration of this beast. 

It lived in New Zealand and became extinct only 500 years ago.  

From The New Zealand Herald

“With a wingspan of up to three metres and weighing 18kg, the female was twice as big as the largest living eagle, the Steller’s sea eagle. And the bird’s talons were as big as a tiger’s claws. It was certainly capable of swooping down and taking a child,” said Paul Scofield, the curator of vertebrate zoology at the Canterbury Museum. “They had the ability to not only strike with their talons but to close the talons and put them through quite solid objects such as a pelvis. It was designed as a killing machine.” Its main prey would have been moa, flightless birds which grew to as much as 250kg and 2.5 metres tall.”

That bird would come down and take your children back to it’s nest.

I’ve been blogging long enough to know that I may get some search engine traffic to the blog from people looking up a giant eagle that lived many years ago and ate people. That’s fine. I’m all for learning about this creature.

But please don’t stop learning with just the freak show. You have a brain—Learn as much as you can.

Here are facts about eagles of the world.   

Here is an excellent resource to learn about birds from Cornell University.

Here is information about New Zealand.

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Reading Bird Sermon Of St. Francis To A Dancing Duck/Chicken

This is a video of me reading St. Francis of Assisi’s Sermon To The Birds in Houston’s Memorial Park. I’m reading it to a dancing duck/chicken. The video is just under two minutes.

Here is a profile of St. Francis from American Catholic. org.

Here is a link to the Memorial Park Conservancy.

Here is a link to a great deal of information about North American birds from Cornell University.  If you poke around you can learn a lot.

Below is a 1658 painting of St. Francis by Francisco de Zurbaran.

Here is my most recent video before this one—Reading Malcolm X In An Old Black Cemetery.

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Art, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Northern Fulmar Is Sea Bird That Eats Offal And Spits A Bad-Smelling Oil


I recently read some interesting information about a sea bird called the Northern Fulmar. (Photo above.)

I read it in a book called Animal–The Definitive Visual Guide To The World’s Wildlife. It is by the Smithsonian Institute and DK Publishing.

Here is what the book says about this sea bird—

The fulmar is a common bird of northern waters, flying on characteristic stiff, straight wings. Its numbers have increased dramatically in the past 200 years, particularly in the temperate waters of the North Atlantic, possibly due to the increase in offal available from trawlers gutting fishes at sea….It lays it’s egg in a barely lined hollow on an earthy or grassy ledge….the adults go off in search of food once the chick is about two weeks old. If threatened, the youngster defends itself by vigorously spitting an unpleasant-smelling oil.  

I’d like to see a Fulmar chick spit that oil at some creature or some person.

Here is more information on Fulmars. 

Here are words related the word offal from the hyperdictionary.

  bilge, bilgewater, bones, carrion, chaff, culm, deadwood, debris, dishwater, ditchwater, draff, dregs, dust, filings, garbage, gash, hogwash, husks, junk, leavings, lees, litter, offscourings, orts, parings, potsherds, rags, raspings, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scourings, scrap iron, scraps, scum, scurf, sewage, sewerage, shards, shavings, slack, slag, slop, slops, slough, stubble, sweepings, swill, tares, trash, wastage, waste, waste matter, wastepaper, weeds

Please click here for other Texas Liberal posts on Sea Life. 

(Below is a fishing boat called the Che Guevara.)

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Books, Sea Life | , , , , | 2 Comments