Uni starts tomorrow! Scary stuff. It’s weird to think that in a few months I’ll have a degree (pending passing my subjects, of course). This will also be my hardest semester to date, as I need a 90+ average to have any chance of getting into postgrad. It’s definitely doable, since I know I have never put in 100% before (procrastinator + type a = bad combination), but the highest I have ever scored in a subject is 89, so we’ll see. 

My parents still don’t fully know what I’m studying. I don’t blame them, it’s a mouthful - Bachelor of Science, majoring in Cell and Developmental Biology, with a specialisation in animal cell biology. Though I’m debating changing my specialisation to reproduction and development… but it depends if I like the subjects (taking repro phys and dev bio this semester). 

I’m going to try to absolutely demolish my subjects this semester. It’s on.


Amazonian royal flycatchers are typically drab-looking brown birds. During courtship, however, both sexes display a brightly colored crest that is normally hidden from view. It is rare among birds for both males (red) and females (yellow) to have such colorful markings.

Image credit: Andrew Snyder

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Celeus obrieni (by Ludus Naturae - Brinquedos da Natureza)

*Kaempfer’s Woodpecker


Happiest puppies in the world

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Boing, boing, boing

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Blue Jay

Braddock Bay Banding Station

Hilton, NY

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Abundistic zebra foal first photographed April 23rd, 2014.

We found this little guy in Vumbura. He was born only a few days ago and has a rather amazing dark colour. This is a small genetic abnormality linked to the amount of melanin affecting the pigmentation of the fur. It doesnt occur often, and the last foal born with this was taken by Hyeanas within a few months. Unfortunately if you stand out from the others too much you are a target. We will be monitoring the progress of this guy though and if he makes it to adulthood it will be interesting to observe any potential behavioural interactions. At least at the moment his mum still loves him.”

Photography by Michael Fitt

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Short-beaked echidna

This cute Echidna was found roaming around sugarloaf reservoir in Victoria, Australia. It is one of the four extant species of echidnas and belongs to the species Tachyglossus aculeatus (Monotrematae - Tachyglossidae), better known as Short-beaked echidna

Tachyglossus aculeatus is the only species of the genus, and can be found throughout southern and eastern New Guinea, mainland Australia, Kangaroo Island, and Tasmania.

Did you know that the longest recorded lifespan for Tachyglossus aculeatus is 50 years in captivity?. There are anecdotal accounts of wild individuals living as long as 45 years. There is no doubt this species is particularly long-lived, especially for its size. A lifespan of 50 years is 3.7 times longer than would be expected based on echidna body size.

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Photo credit: ©Jarrod Calati

Locality: Victoria, Australia.

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