Unseen Consequences



From one of my favorite blogs. Moldy Chum:

We've all heard about the giant islands of floating trash in both the Atlantic and Pacific. These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.


There is a reason the Marine Pollution Control Act specifically forbids the disposal of plastic ANYWHERE in the ocean. It never goes away. Yes, as you can see by the pictures it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces. In fine plankton nets dragged several miles by ocean research vessels, plastic is becoming the prevalent content in these nets, not plankton. Next time you go out on the water, remember to bring a container so you can bring your trash home with you. In fact, plastic is no longer trash, it is for your recycle bin. I am elated that in my community we no longer set limits on what type or "number" the plastic must be to get recycled. All types are accepted. They even allow wax milk cartons. Please remember to think when you are out on the water. No one wants to have an albatross around their neck.
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Fresh Kill

Fresh Kill
Since I am going to a birding club meeting this evening, I'd thought share picture from an avian event I witnessed a couple of years ago. This happened one snowy day very shortly after I took possession my new digital SLR camera. I noticed a dark flash and a commotion in the front yard. A pigeon size bird then flew off into a nearby tree. I grabbed my camera and went out to investigate. There were feathers an bits of frozen blood in the snow where the altercation had taken place. An unfortunate tufted titmouse had become prey. I noticed where the predator had perched and started taking pictures.

Over a hundred shots in strong contrasty light had been taken. They captured this sharp shinned hawk enjoying the spoils of the hunt. This image is heavily cropped and taken at a low resolution. I know better now how to get better results, but thankfully, the automatic modes still managed to document the event.
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We Had a Visitor Yesterday Morning

Here's what was outside the window yesterday morning when I looked out. A nice sharp-shinned hawk.

Sharp-shinned Hawk
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