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
Just keep swimming. (via Kyoto_Aquarium)
Kim Tschang-Yeul (Korean, b. 1929), PB 011006, 2011. Oil on canvas, 38 x 45.2 cm.
New Footage of a Tasmanian tiger
Mar 11, 2020
New Footage of a Tasmanian tiger has been discovered. Three researchers from the Tasmanian Tiger Archives Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/Tasma… closely with the staff of the State Library and Archive Service have discovered previously unseen footage of the Tasmanian tiger at Beaumaris zoo.
This historical discovery was made on the 4th March 2020. The researchers are Gareth Linnard, Branden Holmes and Mike Williams. The footage was possibly filmed between 1933-36, by a member of the Bester? family. 9.5 mm silent black and white running time 69 seconds in total. 7 seconds of the Tasmanian tiger.
This sequence adds to the previously known five films from Beaumaris zoo. And two films from London zoo.
The Tasmanian Tiger Archives group is seeking historical stills/film/witness reports and can be contacted on Facebook or 0416-303-371
Films Produced and Acquired by Ash Bester and Bester Family Film – Beaumaris Zoo thylacine – prod. Bester Item Number: NS4432/1/47
Further Description: 9.5BWOPP – 9.5mm silent black & white original positive print condition fair 36 foot 18 fps running time 1m 21s Start Date: 01 Jan 1936 End Date: 07 Sep 1937
Films Produced and Acquired by Ash Bester and Bester Family (NS4432) 01 Jan 1932 31 Dec 1963 librariestas.ent.sirsidynix.n…
“Copyright of the films in this series produced by Ash, Bester & Co. NG2887 and Bester Family NG3356 is assigned to the State Archivist.”
Once assigned to the state archivist it is the property of the commonwealth/state/territory.
“Duration of copyright in government works. If the copyright owner is the Commonwealth, State or Territory government, copyright lasts for 50 years from the year in which the material was made, or the end of the year of first publication. Note that this rule applies to copyright material that is owned by the government, and also applies to material that would have been owned by the government, but for an agreement to the contrary. INFORMATION SHEET G023v19 January 2019 Australian copyright council”
Duration is 50 years once assigned to the Commonwealth/state/territory. It starts 50 years when the material was made/or publication. It could not have been made any later than the end of 1936. From 1987 it was in the public domain.
The Commonwealth has 3 sections for Fair dealing with copyrighted materials. Research or study/Criticism or Review/Reporting news.
Such a beautifully majestic animal…
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Curiosity
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Curiosity
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Curiosity
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Curiosity
This is a wonderfully organic-looking anomaly just found on Mars! Me likey. I so hope it is an exciting thing rather than a mundane thing.
The panorama is at this link – www.nasa.gov…
A special tool allows viewers to zoom into this panorama … use it by clicking HERE.
Yowie Sighting (Audio Report #156) near Hepburn Springs, Victoria
Yowiehunters Witness Audio Reports
Mar 9, 2020
As we well know, the Yowie is often curious when a single mother with children (or alone), move into a house in a bush land setting or rural environment. This is a classic example of one of our visitors leaning about his new human neighbour.
We have a few witness sightings at Hepburn, including a leading member of the Australian Skeptics. Sightings in the surrounding areas have been building in recent years.
We are also pleased to introduce a new AYR interviewer, Sarah Bignall. Sarah has a cathartic and charismatic personality and interviewing technique that will fit perfectly into the team. Welcome aboard Sarah!
Oh, good stuff, folks!
A Dogman in Jura France 2018. Dog returns home with a human skull
#BBR Investigations Creatures – Unexplained
Mar 7, 2020
There was complete silence this time, no bird or animal noises. We began to walk in and after a few minutes I felt anxious again. I decided to go back and my friend tried to push on into the trees alone but she also came back running after a short time. The creature was there again. It was standing in the wood, looking at us. I had not seen the creature this time thankfully.
At the end of October 2019 La Dépêche News reported that the golden retriever belonging to a family living near Agen returned with a human head in its mouth after leaving the home for its daily wander. The dog must have detached the skull from a decomposing body to play with and returned to the home with the human head in its mouth. Investigators made a formal statement and explained “This forty-something man died at the place where he was found by the gendarmes, without his head. There are no suspicious circumstances reported.”
More awesome cryptozoological reports from our Debbie, this time the stories are from France. And there are a lot of them, too!
NASA’s Curiosity rover captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019. A version without the rover contains nearly 1.8 billion pixels; a version with the rover contains nearly 650 million pixels. Both versions are composed of more than 1,000 images that were carefully assembled over the following months.
The rover’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, used its telephoto lens to produce the panorama and relied on its medium-angle lens to produce a lower-resolution panorama that includes the rover’s deck and robotic arm.
Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam. A division of Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science Laboratory mission for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington and built the Curiosity rover.
Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps 1.8 Billion-Pixel Panorama (narrated video)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mar 4, 2020
NASA Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada guides this tour of the rover’s view of the Martian surface. This panorama showcases “Glen Torridon,” a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. The panorama was taken between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019, when the Curiosity team was out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the rover would be sitting still with few other tasks to do while it waited for the team to return and provide its next commands, the rover had a rare chance to image its surroundings several days in a row without moving. Composed of more than 1,000 images and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the larger version of this composite contains nearly 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape.
Explore more in this 360 video: youtu.be/0fva2pH41FM
For more about the mission, visit mars.nasa.gov/msl
Oh, Lordy, I do love space exploration so … it thrills me no end!
Cool hat guy 2: now in technicolor!!!!!
(Posed off Zdenêk Burian’s famous Monoclonius painting, color scheme inspired by Psittacosaurus and an old Triceratops toy I had)
This dude does great work.
I adore diner sores.
Hannah Yata’s aesthetically beautiful images stand in a stark contrast to her darker subject matter. Inspired by psychology, religion, literature, and her experiences as a woman, the New York based artist calls upon the rich symbolism of the female figure, which she often combines with parts of animals, creating metaphorical hybrid characters. Placing these characters in intriguing scenarios, she explores the depths of our social psychology and draws parallels to modern day issues. In “Dancing in Delirium”, Hannah Yata’s phantasmagorical female creatures and animals embody “the transformative, wild energy of the natural world, tainted with abuse of modern society”.
Summer Milky Way at Beverley, Western Australia
Nikon d5500 – 50mm – ISO 3200 – f/2.8 – Foreground: 7 x 13s – Sky: 32 x 30s
Teacher Stumbles Upon Baby Bears ‘Dancing’ In Finland Forest, Thinks He’s Imagining It
Physical education teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen from Sotkamo, Finland, has been devoting a lot of his free time to photography. For the past six years, Valtteri has been shooting his country’s wildlife and captured many magical moments. And this is a story about one of them.
On the 3rd of June, 2013, Valtteri was planning to explore the Finnish taiga around the town of Martinselkonen. As the man was exploring the area, he noticed a bear coming into a clearing with a few small cubs.
“The cubs behaved like little children,” Valtteri told Bored Panda. “They were playing, and even started a few friendly fights. I felt like I was on a playground in front of my house, where small children frolic around. That’s how much they reminded me of little children. At one point, the three of them got up on their hind legs and started pushing each other. It was like they were dancing in a circle.”
Valtteri was in a shelter 50 meters (164 feet) away from the adorable action and had the perfect view. “I photographed the cubs with the bear all evening and all night,” he said.
You can bump into a bear pretty much everywhere in Finland except the Åland Islands. Most of them live in the eastern part of the country and Lapland, but people regularly see these majestic creatures in the southern and western areas as well.
Like the cubs have successfully proven us, bears are agile and strong. They use their forelegs very effectively for both hunting and getting around. Moreover, they’re very good swimmers and climbers. Basically, they’re the whole package.
However, the fact that Valtteri managed to get such clear shots of the family is really fascinating. Bear will typically try to avoid humans as best as they can. Humans rarely see them in the wild since these animals almost always retreat immediately after detecting our presence. Keen senses and the ability to move silently make them perfect at this game of hide and seek.
According to the latest assessments by the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, there were between 2020 and 2130 bears before the 2019 hunting season.
Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen
This post is sourced from www.boredpanda.com
Too fabulous not to share…
Cryptid Sightings And Reports
An interesting photograph has made its way online which some believe may be evidence of the legendary Maryland Goatman. According to the report, the photo was taken in or around the community of Laurel by a man named Ryan Davis.
The legendary creature is often described as a bipedal humanoid with a human male upper body, furry goat-like legs, and horns like that of a goat. There is an urban legend about the creature often known simply at “goatman” which claims the creature was some kind of strange mutant that escaped from the nearby Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and some versions even that it used to be a scientist there.
Here is what the witness who reportedly took the possible Maryland Goatman Photos had to say:
I’m in DC for the GRC summit starting today and was playing tennis Saturday morning at Montpelier Park while some friends played golf at Pawtucket Greens. As we were packing up we saw something on the forest bordering the park. As I took out my camera phone it came up onto two feet and I realized it was a goat. I told some people back in DC about a goat walking on two legs and they said it was some old Maryland Goatman legend. I called WBAL in Baltimore and talked to someone about it but I don’t think they believe me. They think it’s a bear holding a freshly killed goat. They ran the story this morning. As a reader, thought you might enjoy.
Some believe the photo shows nothing more than a bear carrying a dead goat, although that seems to be unlikely. There are plenty of skeptics, many of which believe the photo is nothing more than a hoax and most likely some kind of clever costume. There have been plenty of reported sightings of strange creatures in this area, although most of which are attributed to another elusive cryptid known as Bigfoot. So what do you think could this be an actual Maryland Goatman sighting and goatman photo ? Could this be evidence of the Maryland Goatman?
Inconclusive — at best. These two photos just do not ‘move’ my grey matter.
But, hey, you never know.
Not exactly our current concept of “dogmen,” based on contemporary descriptions and imagery… but… nevertheless… “dogmen.” High strangeness, me buckos.
Read more (it’s fascinating!) Cynocephali Dog headed men a myth or lost hybrid people
Bigfoot encounter at the Oregon Caves, Part 1
May 19, 2014
Bigfoot encounter at the Oregon Caves, Part 2
May 19, 2014
This is Part 2 of a documentary from thedailycourier.com on psychologist Matthew Johnson’s Bigfoot sighting at the Oregon Caves. Johnson and a film crew went back to the place it happened to tell his story and it includes Johnson’s video footage from Bigfoot research expeditions he took after the sighting. His encounter has been called one of the most credible sightings of the last 20 years.
Oh, this is an excellent piece of testimonial evidence accompanied by real physical evidence and much of that from a true expert in tracking and evidence gathering out in real world wilderness. That vast experience is so unlike armchair analysts and as such is exceptionally valuable and it is a real loss to the world that this fellow passed at such an early age. But he has taught the witness much in their time together and I am confident that much good will come of those teachings.
Enjoy and learn from the message to skeptics at the end which is as true as truth can be.
A fine thread reply on this from ATS:
Location: Riding the Rip Current Mood: Member is offline.
posted on Aug, 1 2019 @ 12:18 PM
a reply to: JAGStorm
This guy is 6 ft 9 and was 300 lbs when this happened and experienced hiking in wilderness including AK.
I have walked this loop several times. Anyone who watches this whole video and thinks this guys is lying must be blind! They say the whole of this mountain is like a sieve full of caverns unexplored front to back.
We live near the area and have seen a bed, of small branches and tracks.
Grants Pass, Oregon, psychologist Matthew Johnson is insisting he did hear, smell and see the Pacific Northwest’s mythical Bigfoot while hiking during the July 4th weekend with his family at the Oregon Caves National Monument. “We had just completed the tour of the Oregon Caves and decided to hike up the mountain about a mile or so on the Big Tree Loop Trail,” he told CBS News Early Show co-anchor Jane Clayson Monday.
“That’s when we ran into the smell that was very strong like a skunk but a lot worse.” Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is the name given to a large, hairy, ape-like creature reportedly living clandestinely in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. Johnson says Bigfoot paralleled his family on an animal trail about 40 feet away and for about 10 minutes walking, making “whoo, whoo” noises.
True Facts : Pangolins Posse
Jun 13, 2018
“The giant anteater resembles a walking index finger with a mullet…and leg warmers.”
Now that Chinese scientists are putting blame on the adorable and hihly endanered pangolin for the coronavirus, this humorous look at the little critters is in order to lighten things up a bit.
The pangolin are endangered, by the way, because of the Stone Age superstition that the scales of the helpless creatures possess some sort of magical powers when ingested. No, really, they actually think that.
For all their 5,000+ years of being, the Chinese remain sort of like pitiful putzy pricks who bark at the moon like a God damned loon.
Sadly it is possible that the virus uses the little guys to ride around on in search of victims.