Bearded Vultures! Birds! Gryphons! Phoenixes! Art! Weirdness! Surrealness! :V
Gliding around and scavenging all the bird photos and avian art. :V
I'm a bizarre Bearded Vulture, oh yes I am~ :V
By Scott Reid
First Described By: Harrison & Walker, 1976
Classification: Dinosauromorpha, Dinosauriformes, Dracohors, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Eusaurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoromorpha, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Pennaraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Averaptora, Avialae, Euavialae, Avebrevicauda, Pygostaylia, Ornithothoraces, Euornithes, Ornithuromorpha, Ornithurae, Neornithes, Neognathae, Neoaves, Aequorlitornithes, Ardeae, Aequornithes, Suliformes, Phalacrocoracidae
Time and Place: Around 38 million years ago, in the Priabonian age of the Eocene of the Paleogene
Piscator is known from the Bracklesham Beds in Hampshire, England
Physical Description: Piscator is known from part of a jaw, which showcases that it was similar to modern Cormorants - a group of birds which dive for food in the ocean, where they are able to propel themselves with their feet enough to reach depths as much as 45 meters under water. They have short wings and, thus, have difficulty flying in an energy-efficient manner. However, given all we have of Piscator is a jaw, it’s uncertain how much Piscator resembled modern Cormorants - especially given how early it shows up in the fossil record. What we can tell from the jaw is that it was long and narrow, indicating it may have resembled in size and appearance the European Shag apart from having a more narrow bill.
Diet: Presumably, Piscator ate fish like living Cormorants.
Behavior: Without more fossil material of Piscator, it’s uncertain if it would have behaved like living cormorants; given how Limnofregalis is so different from living frigate birds, it’s probably unwise to make assumptions based on modern relatives. Still, it probably lived near the shore, and spent most of its time feeding on fish; it possibly also nested in roosts like its living relatives.
Ecosystem: Piscator lived in the Bracklesham Beds, a later-Eocene environment of England that was a rocky shoreline ecosystem. Little is known about this ecosystem except that it was populated with other dinosaurs, such as the bird of prey Milvoides, the rails Patipons and Parvirallus, and the pheasant Percolinus. Piscator probably, thus, had to look out for Milvoides in terms of dangers to its safety.
Other: Piscator is the earliest occurance of a cormorant-like thing in the fossil record; the next occurance of such an animal is in the Oligocene of Egypt.
~ By Meig Dickson
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Photo of the Day – The Tufted Coquette (Lophornis ornatus) is a tiny, ornately-patterned hummingbird. Its stunning rufous-and-black throat tufts and orange crest give this species its name. Thankfully, the species has been adaptable, and has been able to persist in human-modified habitats.
This photo was taken by Adam Riley in Trinidad
Not a very clear demonstration of process, but progress anyway. You can see the shimmery metallic highlights pretty well here I think.
The scarred eye was more than a little tricky, but I think the idea comes across.
Custom Aequis design in progress, watercolors with touches of colored pencils and metallic gouache.
the hamerkop is a medium-sized wading bird native to africa. they are a member of their own genus, but are most closely related to shoebills and pelicans. hamerkops are social birds that live and hunt in small groups and frequently engage in allopreening. hamerkops are opportunistic hunters, but mainly eat fish and amphibians.