High Above the River Uvac in Serbia.

r10Color it Green: Lovely, Curvaceous River Uvac in Serbia.
This light-green beauty is located in Special Nature Reserve Uvac, namely the Uvac Canyon, which is also known for being a habitat of huge Griffon Vultures, which can have a wingspan of almost three meters.
Image via  http://bit.ly/1jBYJXA
The Griffon Vulture is 93–122 cm long with a 2.3–2.8 m wingspan. In the nominate race the males weigh 6.2 to 10.5 kg and females typically weigh 6.5 to 11.3 kg. Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a very white head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.
Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. It establishes nesting colonies in cliffs that are undisturbed by humans while coverage of open areas and availability of dead animals within dozens of kilometers of these cliffs is high. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.
The maximum recorded lifespan of the Griffon Vulture is 41.4 years for an individual in captivity. (via Wikipedia)
See more images via Dark Roasted Blend: Super-Colorful Rivers.

Vale Margaret Bryant.

BRYANT, Margaret Dawn
Passed away with her loving husband by her side on Sunday January 12, 2020. Aged 76 years.
Loving wife of John for 57 years.
Loved and devoted mother and mother-in-law of Karen and John, Barry and Jacqui. Loved Nan of Timothy and Matthew.
Margaret was a courageous and brave cancer sufferer for 28 years.
Special thanks go to her Oncology Specialists, Dr Jack Russell and Dr James Dickson as well as Dr Chris Mkandala.
The family’s gratitude also goes to the Doctors and Staff of St Andrews Hospital for the wonderful care of Margaret in her final weeks.
Forever in our hearts.
The FAMILY and FRIENDS of MARGARET are invited to attend her Graveside Funeral Service to be held in the North Road Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Nailsworth on TUESDAY January 21, 2020 commencing at 11.00am.
Fulham Funerals

The Baobab Tree Lives On.

“The baobab is the national tree of Madagascar.
Of the nine genera in the Word, six are found only in Madagascar [two are in Arabia and one in Australia].
However due to deforestation, three of these baobab species are endangered and facing a serious threat of extinction,” says photographer Emiline.
“This photo was taken at the famous ‘Avenue des Baobabs’ which is found along a dirt road in the Menabe region of Madagascar, near the city of Morondava.
The trees are thought to be up to 800 years old and remain under threat from slash-and-burn agriculture, encroaching rice paddies, overgrazing and bark collection.
In recent years the Malagasy authorities and some NGOs have taken some conservation measures to protect their precious forests, including this beautiful area in the western Madagascar.”
Photo credit: Emiline
via Saved: Wildlife in Earth’s protected areas.

The Three Witches from Macbeth.

actress8The Three Witches from Macbeth, by Daniel Gardner, 1775 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Paintings of performers in character, or acting within a well-known play, became popular during the 18th century and often included celebrated actresses positioned centre-stage within dramatic scenes.
Here, Gardner has painted Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Anne Seymour Damer as the witches from ‘Macbeth’
via The First Actresses | Gallery | History Extra.

Have a safe and Happy Christmas.

To the OG Legends…
Where have I been you may ask?
In hospital, this time for a Lung Operation at Ashford Community.
My apologies for not having contacted you.
On Christmas Eve, I find myself recovering at home and on oxygen.
I’m OK and want to thank my son Danny for his care, patience and very hard work.

So to all of you Have a safe and Happy Christmas.

Rod Parham 0424 294 450

Black-throated finch wins Aussie bird of the year.

Photo: Eric Vanderduys/Stop Adani [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr.
The black-throated finch has been voted “bird of the year.”
In Australia for 2019, helping draw attention to the species’ decline as human activities increasingly threaten its habitat. The finch’s victory was reportedly driven by support from conservationists, who connected its plight to deforestation and bushfires in Australia, as well as opposition to the Adani coal mine.
The finch won the online vote in a landslide, The Guardian reports, noting it received 11,153 votes in the final round of 10 birds, or about 35% of the total. That put it 7,802 votes ahead of the tawny frogmouth, which came in second. Third place went to the superb fairy-wren (2,875 votes), followed by the magpie in fourth (2,725) and the laughing kookaburra in fifth (2,650).
Black-throated finches once inhabited dry, grassy woodlands throughout northeastern Australia, gathering in small flocks to forage for seeds and insects. They experienced steep declines in the 20th century.
Source: Black-throated finch wins 2019 Australian bird of the year | MNN – Mother Nature Network