11 February 2010

Bleached bones and matted feathers

Finally, a day in the field, unfortunately not a lot doing,... nice weather though. There did seem to be a lot of death about today; found carcasses of Mipit, Lapwing, Herring Gull and a species of swan (though I don't know which species), all four were suffering from nasty cases of not-breathing-anymore.

On an even brighter note, I learnt two cool factoids today: a. Florence Nightingale was a statistics buff and the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society (thanks to Radio 4 for that one); and b. in proportion to their size, banana slugs have a huge penis (thanks to the Natural History Museum for that one).

Finally, as if I hadn't had a full enough day as it was, found these two little fellas peering out from the bottom of a near bursting hard drive this evening, pretty aren't they.

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