Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Deer fur is thick, and each hair is hollow to add insulating value to keep the deer warm. The deer has fur right down to the tip of its nose, and its ears are thickly furred. Not like the Opossum's thin furless ears.
I took these pictures yesterday at Springbrook's wildlife feeders. You can see these and other deer adaptations everyday at Springbrook.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
These are not the best pictures, but demonstrate how much difference 3 weeks can make in the way a bird looks.
Longer day length is sending a message to the Goldfinch brain, causing it to release hormones that stimulate new feather growth. By the time spring actually gets here these birds will look completely different, and have new colors ready for the summer nesting season.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
All that fresh oxygenated blood is what makes eyes look red in a camera flash, and nocturnal animals win the prize for the reddest "Red Eye."
This Barred owl was at Springbrook's feeders looking for prey, using its very healthy eyes to search. I wonder if this is where the term "with blood in his eye" comes from?
In the end, for nocturnal animals, the one with the best red eye wins all the marbles, and the loser is not in the gene pool any longer.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Just enough to generate more interest in a larger breakfast.