How a bird tries to drown a fish

Animals are curious creatures. They can fly, swim, crawl, walk, dive, surf, climb, communicate in various ways, not eat for weeks, sing, strangle, run, lift heavy weights, poison, build, eat only what they need, hear beyond the human’s hearing range, change colour, make incredible speeds, see things differently or see at night, jump, lay eggs, hibernate, live in Antarctic temperatures, migrate thousands of kilometres crossing many countries’ land, air space and/or international waterways. Animals can do incredible things and I find it all fascinating.

Yesterday, I read about this cat that survived a 19-story fall by gliding. How great is that? See and read more through below tweet.

The bird and the fish

The other day I witnessed a captivating spectacle. A bird, probably a cormorant, was diving for fish at the regatta centre in Penrith. One can see it regularly leave the water to allow its feathers to dry since the cormorant’s feathers are not as water-repellent as many other water bird’s feathers. This characteristic gives them actually the edge in diving for fish, eels and snakes because they can propel themselves even better with their webbed feet underwater and to deeper waters.

Also cormorants return to the surface with their catch to reposition it and swallow it headfirst. And this is what I witnessed. The repositioning did not really work, perhaps because the fish was too big. So the bird opted to dive back in and tried to drown the fish. Obviously this did not work. Moreover, it could not loosen grip or possibly face losing the fish. The cormorant resurfaced, seemed to consider its options, and flew off with the fish. It did not fly some 10 to 20 meters further to drop the fish on land and finish the job there. In the end, they separated ways. Was it a show? Was it play? Was it a performance to show us humans to stick to your diet or be peaceful? In any case, may they both live happily ever after.

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Happy 2012

FireworksWishing you a healthy, green, peaceful, happy, and prosperous 2012!

Enjoy celebrations going into the New Year, wherever you are in the world, whether sleeping through the event (yes, some people do, including me: at least one year somewhere in a National Park in Utah, USA), celebrating small or partying big. There is a lot to be thankful for and celebrate.

Wind speed determines energy bill discount

The windier the more discount customers get on their energy bill.

This is a way the Dutch energy company Eneco wants to encourage customers to use wind power. The discount is indexed via the yearly average wind speed in the Netherlands (data sourced from Royal Dutch Bureau of Meteorology).

Also Eneco guarantees the energy comes from Dutch wind farms. If the wind farms do not provide sufficient energy due to lack of wind, this will be compensated by (clean) energy from other sources. It seems Eneco is working on placing more wind farms throughout the Netherlands to intercept this. May the wind force be with you!

Nice example of how business and renewable energy comes together.

» Check out the campaign (in Dutch).