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eagle pig

CLAIRE REID in NEWS
Last updated 15:12, Sunday 08 March 2020 GMT
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A photographer managed to snap a perfectly timed picture showing an eagle flying off with an unfortunate little piglet.

The incredible photograph was taken by 75-year-old Clarke Espie in Queensland, Australia after he heard a piglet squealing and grabbed his camera.

Clarke said he was heading back to a campsite in Cromarty Wetlands when he heard the shriek coming from the sky, he instinctively reached for his camera and could hardly believe what he was seeing as the unfortunate pig was carried off.

He said: “I had been invited to capture the unique and diverse birdlife inhabiting these world class wetlands.

“Little did I imagine witnessing two massive sea eagles swooping low over my vehicle, one with a feral pig firmly gripped in its powerful talons.

“Despite its powerful wings, the sea eagle struggled to gain altitude before landing its prey upon a small island within the wetlands, where together the eagles shared the prey.

“I hurriedly snapped these images with a 500mm Telephoto lens as the sea eagles swept past.

“It was one of the most unusual sights I’ve seen. I thought it must’ve been a fish at first but as soon as I focused, I could see it was a piglet. It must have weighed around 5kg. Definitely not something I’ve witnessed before.”

Australia has around 24 million feral pigs – and the animals are regarded as pests in Queensland due to the fact they spread weeds, prey on native species and damage crops and stock.

White-bellied sea eagles can have a whopping seven-foot wingspan and are normally spotted high up in trees or flying over water around the Australian coast – the animals usually pair up for life, like the two you can see in Clarke’s picture.

They mainly live off aquatic animals, like fish and turtles, making the photograph all the more impressive.

Clarke, who previously worked as a commercial diver and documentary-maker for 35-years, added: “I’ve seen the imposing white-bellied sea eagle carnivore swoop in a shallow dive to snatch prey in its massive and powerful talons, taking fish, waterbirds, turtles, rabbits, flying foxes etc. before now, but this was something very rarely seen.

“I was astounded.”

Featured Images Credit: Media Drum World

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Spectacular!

 

 
jeep

A Jeep, packed with mortar shells, a mortar tube between the seats and the mortar plate on the floor, New Caledonia, 1942.

And with the name of that girl I love writ large on her flank!

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Sombrero galaxy

High resolution image of the Sombrero galaxy. Also known as Messier Object 104, M104 or NGC 4594.

This is the galaxy claimed by the fraudy little toad known primarily as Jaime Maussan to be a UFO. Seriously.

 

[60 fps] Laborers in Victorian England, 1901

Denis Shiryaev
Mar 14, 2020

Upscaled with neural networks footage from the dawn of film taken by Mitchell and Kenyon in North England, 1901. In the video various films taken in 1900-1901 displaying some of the grittier nature of work in those days. As you can see, source quality is really important to make a descent upscale video.

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✔ FPS boosted to 60 frames per second;
✔ Image resolution boosted up to 4k – with digital artifacts;
✔ Improved video sharpness;
✔ Colorized: Please, be aware that colorization colors are not real and fake, colorization was made only for the ambiance and do not represent real historical data.

Source video (with ambiance sound) – please subscribe to Guy Jones channel, he is doing an amazing job in ambiance sound adding: youtu.be/jfN60ZlZhpY

List of films in this video:
Miners Leaving Pendlebury Colliery / player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/w…
Workforce Leaving Alfred Butterworth and Sons, Glebe Mills, Hollinwood (1901) / player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/w…
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901) / player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/w…
______ Please, keep in mind that 4k resolution playback mostly not available on the phones.

This is really neat! Watch regular folk getting out of work 119 years ago and in fine quality, too!

 

 
sebring

Louis Galanos‎ > Historic Racing Cars

The legendary Corvette racer John Greenwood, in his 7-liter Vette, leads the legendary Porsche 917K racer Pedro Rodriguez under the MG Bridge and into the Esses at Sebring fifty years ago (1970) this weekend. Following them is the Jacky Ickx – Peter Schetty works Ferrari 512 S Spyder and the Jerry Thompson – John Mahler Corvette. Greenwood and co-driver Allan Barker would fail to finish due to a busted clutch. Rodriguez and co-driver Leo Kinnunen and later Jo Siffert would finish 4th overall but were leading late in the race when a faulty part sidelined them. The Ferrari would blow a head gasket and the Thompson/Mahler Vette would finish 20th.

BTW, that historic MG Bridge was in sad shape in 1970 and anyone who crossed the track via that bridge held their breath as the metal span undulated as people walked across the track. It would collapse in a storm in 1973 just days before the running of the 1973 race.

LAT photo.

The good old days…

 

 
for wings

Statue based on Leonardo daVinci’s famous concept for artificial wings.

This is so fucking beautiful!

Source: theta-sigma