The eye of Egyptian goose

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No, I didn’t photograph this bird in Egypt – though the name so implies – but in South Africa in Augrabies Falls National Park. Egyptian goose can be found almost everywhere south of Sahara in in the Nile valley. They were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork (thus the name, I guess).

And I like it’s ‘made up’ eye.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Jackdaw and the Cardinal

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“THE JACKDAW sat on the Cardinal’s chair!
Bishop and abbot and prior were there;
Many a monk, and many a friar,
Many a knight, and many a squire,
With a great many more of lesser degree,—
In sooth, a goodly company;
And they serv’d the Lord Primate on bended knee.
Never, I ween,
Was a prouder seen,
Read of in books, or dreamt of in dreams,
Than the Cardinal Lord Archbishop of Rheims!”

Already these first verses of poem The Jackdaw of Rheims by Richard Barham (1788–1845) describe how admired the intelligence of western jackdaws was already during the past times.

And there this bird sits, on the table of a small café in Porvoo during the last days of August, the colors of the flowers painting the background as red as the Cardinal’s chair!

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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I’m in Instagram!

Just to let you know, that I’m active also in Instagram. I have there slightly different posting style than here in WordPress: more pics and hashtags, less written content or background info. These sharing platforms are complementing each other nicely.

If you like the readers of this blog would check also your Instagram site, please add a link to your Instagram account (like “instagram.com/yourusername”) in the comments. I promise to have a look, and most likely to follow you.

Instagram is also a great sharing platform for quick, playful posts.

My face is perfectly in balance. #portrait #surreal #threeeyes #funface #mirrorimage

A photo posted by Olli Laasanen (@ollilaasanen) on

Though I tend to keep the comments short, I sometimes I add a more detailed description (the limit for captions on the photo and subsequent comments is ample 2200 characters).

Note also that Instagram accepts images which are not square.

Some words about the technology:

I use different cameras (phone, tablet, point-and-shoot, DSLR), editing programs and posting platforms. Some of my pics are hardly touched, some are heavily edited. Some are old, some are posted immediately. I’m using many cloud services to share images between different equipments and programs.

Instagram was launched in October 2010 for sharing iPhone/iPad photos only. Early 2012 also official Android app was launched. Third party apps are available for Windows Phones also. As the service was initially created for mobile phone (smartphone) users only, the computer apps are still lacking some of the features of the phone apps.

My Instagram apps are:

  • mobile phone (Windows): third party 6tag
  • tablet (iOS): native Instagram
  • computer (OS X): third party Gramblr

Happy photo sharing!

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Painted stork

The painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala, aasianiibishaikara in Finnish) is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia.

Their distinctive pink tertial feathers of the adults give them their name. They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes. They immerse their half open beaks in water and sweep them from side to side and snap up their prey of small fish that are sensed by touch. As they wade along they also stir the water with their feet to flush hiding fish. They nest colonially in trees, often along with other waterbirds.

I took these pictures in Thailand (click to open the gallery).

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Southern black korhaan

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Southern black korhaan or black bustard (Afrotis afra, mustakaulatrappi in Finnish) is a fine and proud looking bird, like wearing a tuxedo.

It is endemic to southwestern South Africa, where it occurs in Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. It was historically very common but appears to have become scarcer and its distribution more fragmented. I saw this bird in the southern tip of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park‘s Twee Rivieren (Two Rivers) camp site.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Anomaloninae

I had never heard about Anomaloninae.

I took yesterday a picture of one fine looking insect, posted the image in a FB insect group, and got the ID in no time: Anomaloninae (siroahmanen in Finnish). So now we all know.🙂

Anomaloninae is a worldwide subfamily of the parasitic wasp family Ichneumonidae which is a parasitoid wasp family within the order Hymenoptera. They are important parasitoids of other invertebrates; common hosts are larvae and pupae of Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera. Over 24,000 species have been described worldwide. Estimates of the total species range from 60,000 to over 100,000 – more than any other hymenopteran family. [Wikipedia]

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Painting Tuscany landscape

The views from the wall of San Casciano dei Bagni are great view for landscape painters – and photographers.

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