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Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) . Rostov-on-Don
The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also known as Eurasian kingfisher, or river kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.
This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptions to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.This species has the typical short-tailed, dumpy-bodied large-headed and long-billed kingfisher shape. The adult male of the western European subspecies, A. a. ispida has green-blue upperparts with pale azure-blue back and rump, a rufous patch by the bill base, and a rufous ear-patch. It has a green-blue neck stripe, white neck blaze and throat, rufous underparts, and a black bill with some red at the base. The legs and feet are bright red. It is about 16 centimetres (6.3 in) long with a wingspan of 25 cm (9.8 in),[5] and weighs 34–46 grams (1.2–1.6 oz).
The female is identical in appearance to the male except that her lower mandible is orange-red with a black tip. The juvenile is similar to the adult, but with duller and greener upperparts and paler underparts. Its bill is black, and the legs are also initially black.
The flight of the kingfisher is fast, direct and usually low over water. The short rounded wings whirr rapidly, and a bird flying away shows an electric-blue “flash” down its back.
In North Africa, Europe and Asia north of the Himalayas this is the only small blue kingfisher. In south and southeast Asia it can be confused with six other small blue-and-rufous kingfishers, but the rufous ear patches distinguish it from all but juvenile blue-eared kingfisher; details of the head pattern may be necessary to differentiate the two species where both occur.
The common kingfisher has no song. The flight call is a short sharp whistle, chee, repeated two or three times. Anxious birds emit a harsh, shrit-it-it and nestlings call for food with a churring noise.

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Gray Wolf ❖ Loup gris by blue_iris

The gray wolf, also called timber wolf, it is the largest of canids in North America (66 to 97 cm at the shoulder). As its name suggests, its fur is ash-gray but can vary from white to black. The gray wolf is a sociable animal that lives in highly hierarchical packs. Once covering North America, the excessive hunting and the destruction of his habitat has now caused him to live in northern Canada.
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Le loup gris, aussi appelé loup des bois, il est le plus gros de la famille des canidés en Amérique du Nord (66 à 97 cm à l’épaule). Comme son nom l’indique, il possède généralement une fourrure gris-cendré, mais celle-ci peut varier du blanc au noir. Le loup des bois est un animal sociable qui vit en une meute hautement hiérarchisée. Autrefois très présente partout en Amérique du Nord, la chasse excessive et la destruction de son habitat ont diminué son nombre au Canada. Néanmoins, le loup est présent dans tout le Québec à l’exception de l’extrême sud.

❖Thank you kindly for your visits and comments.
❖ Merci de vos visites et commentaires.

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Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) by EtienneOosthuizen


Caught these two bulls on the side of the herd busy fighting, it started lightly but soon turned rather aggressive, the backlit dust helps create a wonder full mood of intensity

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Open Bar by zeden9

Bananaquits having their great moment to drink a nice nectar . Talking ,singing,playing around some sweet drink into nature.

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Moose ❖ Orignal by blue_iris

This picture was taken at Omega Park, a safari park near Montebello, Quebec, featuring Canadian wildlife. You go through the park in your car and cannot step out of the car to get a better angle for a photo.

Photo prise au parc safari Omega, près de Montebello, au Québec.

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Tenderness ✿Tendresse by blue_iris

A tender moment in a wood duck couple’s life

Un moment de tendresse chez un couple de canards branchus

Wishing you all a great week-end.

Bon week-end à tous

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