Red Seabeach, China.

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Red Seabeach: Photo by Jia Mi on Flickr | Copyright.
Contributor: Eric Grundhauser
Looking out across the world’s largest wetland area, the swath of marshy flora growing in the shallow waters of Dawa County, China is an eye-popping crimson, making the whole area look like it has been taken over by the fictional “red weed” popularised in H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds.
Despite its otherworldly appearance, the red grasses of this Chinese marsh have an all too Earthly, if still rare, origin.
The plant is actually a form of Chenopodium (a member of the Amaranthaceae), although this specific species is unique in that it can thrive in alkaline soil.
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The unique landscape also is home to a number of endangered migratory birds and is protected, although tourists can walk among the rare reeds by specially installed wooden walkways that extend out over the delicate ecosystem.
It is unlikely that this location was a direct inspiration for Wells’ weeds, but it makes the site no less unearthly.
The area is also home to the world’s largest reed marsh which is harvested to make papyrus like paper products, perfect for writing science fiction stories on.
Edited by: naturedude
Source: Red Seabeach | Atlas Obscura

‘Extinct’ New Guinea Big Eared Bat re-surfaces.

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The bat reappeared in Papua New Guinea, according to a new study
When the New Guinea big-eared bat, which hadn’t been seen for over a century, was captured, it hadn’t even been hiding.
In fact, student researchers Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow from the University of Queensland trapped the bat in Papua New Guinea in July 2012 while it was flying in an open area by a logged rainforest now overrun by grasslands, according to their study published in Records of the Australian Museum.
The bat remained an unidentified species for nearly two years at the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery until Dr. Harry Parnaby, a researcher at the Australian Museum, requested to loan the mystery mammal.
He subsequently identified it as Pharotis imogene, a critically endangered species according to the IUCN Red List.
With ears nearly twice the size of its face, the insectivore—so tiny you could lift it with a pair of chopsticks—had last been seen in 1890, said researcher Dr. Luke Leung in a statement.
via “Extinct” Bat Isn’t Actually Extinct | TIME.

The Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle.

eagleKnown for majestically soaring above the Tasmanian bushland, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle (this one pictured was an injured wild bird being released) is slowly disappearing.
With population estimates hovering below 440 breeding adults the eagle are a serious part of the Tasmanian ecosystem.
Eating almost any small marsupials or mammals, most snake, lizards, fish and cats, the eagle is another top-order predator that keeps the balance of the ecosystem in check.

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Because it lives all around Tasmania and has such a wide variety of prey, the eagle is not endangered because of shortage of habitat.
Its primary threat is its fragile nesting behaviour in which slight disruptions can scare a female away from her fertilised eggs. This occurs most frequently with human contact.
In addition, there are common persecutions from human when livestock are taken as prey. Chickens, geese and small or sick animals are sometimes seen as food options for the eagle, occasionally bringing them in contact with farmers.
Studies estimate that five per cent of adult eagles and 35 per cent of juvenile eagles are killed each year from human contact.
via Gallery: Australia’s keystone endangered species.

Two Rhinos & a cheeky Oxpecker appear from Mist.

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Photograph by Matt Parry, runner-up.
On an early morning safari drive in the Amakhala game reserve, South Africa, we came across these two rhinos coming out of the mist.
A little bird is hitching a ride with one of the rhinos.
Comment by Mick Ryan, Judge: Is there any species more prehistoric-looking than the endangered white rhino.
This beautiful image, including the little oxpecker, a bird that feeds on ticks on the bodies of large mammals, is both majestic and sad.
Photography can document what is precious to us and be a starting point for action that will save the Earth and the living things that inhabit it.
Source: Readers’ travel photography competition: October – the winners | Travel | The Guardian

Elephant Baby gets the Nudge at Melbourne Zoo.

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Melbourne Zoo’s Asian elephant baby receives a nudge from her mother. William West / AFP / Getty
Elephants face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.”
Source: World Elephant Day – The Atlantic

Rescued Gorilla and Carer move to a New Sanctuary.

A gorilla in the hands of her carer as they drive to a new and larger sanctuary run for the care of orphaned or captive apes rescued by Ape Action Africa in Cameroon.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jo-Anne McArthur/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime.
Source: Photographers against wildlife crime – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian