The Coalminer’s Canary Resuscitator.

This peculiar device, in the collection of the Science Museum in South Kensington, London, looks like a tiny gas chamber a movie villain would use. Throw in your enemy—in this case, a small innocent canary—close the hatch, turn open the valve to let in poisonous gas from the cylinder above, and then laugh manically as […]

‘Two Yellow Eyes’ by Archie Tucker.

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Two Yellow Eyes” by Archie Tucker. See more of Archie Tucker’s photography at Photo of the Day is chosen from various Outdoor Photographer galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, To get your photos in […]

The Raven in Literature.

The symbolism of ravens can be divided into three main categories: that of the evil spirit or harbinger of death, that of the trickster or thief, and that of the prophetic or wise spirit. The traditional English poem “One for bad news, Two for mirth” incorporates all three of these, reflecting the way that both […]

Penitent Penguins arrive early for Church.

In a photo titled “Mom, do we always have to be the first ones at church?” three king penguins approach the only church on South Georgia Island, near Antarctica, appearing to be headed for services. Image Credit: Photograph by Carl Henry/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Barcroft Images See more great Images via Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are […]

The Cuckoo – under threat in the UK.

A cuckoo sits on a perch in the rain on Thursley Common, England. The United Kingdom has seen a 71% decline in the breeding population of cuckoos over the last 25 years. The decline is thought to be linked to the migration routes to wintering grounds in the Congo Basin in West Africa. The environmental […]

Bobolink Songbirds, Lincoln, Missouri.

Bobolink. Photo: Garrett Sheets/Audubon Photography Awards Species: Bobolink Location: Dunn Ranch Prairie, Lincoln Township, Missouri Camera: Canon EOS 60D with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens; 1/1250 second at f/6.3; ISO 400 Story Behind the Shot: At sunset the Dunn Ranch Prairie becomes a field of golden grasses, which provided a perfect setting for this male […]

Allen’s Hummingbird, Santa Cruz.

A male Allen’s hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) near Santa Cruz, CA. Image credit: Shravans14 / CC BY-SA 4.0. Since the 1830s, ornithologists have assumed that hummingbirds drink by capillary action (wicking), the passive process of a fluid rising into a narrow tube because of forces attracting the liquid to the tube’s solid internal surface. A new […]

Seagull has a fag in Rome.

A pesky seagull which is just one of the thousands that annoy tourists and citizens of Rome holds a cigarette in its beak near the Roman Forum on 11 March  2017 in Rome. Image Credit: Photograph by #Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty. Source: Photos of the Week: 3/11–3/17 – The Atlantic

‘A Chatter of Budgies.’

This week’s ABC Open Pic of the Week is a chatter of budgerigars looking more like a swarm of budgies near Onslow, Western Australia. Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor D. Joshua Brunner. Source: Pic of the Week budgie swarm – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bald Eagle takes Red Fox for a Ride.

Bald Eagle and Red fox. Image Credit: Photograph by Kevin Ebi/Audubon Photography Awards Species: Bald Eagle. Location: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, Washington. Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS lens; 1/320 second at f/11; ISO 1600. Story Behind the Shot: I had spent the day photographing […]