Rhinoceros Hornbill:

The Rhinoceros hornbill(Buceros rhinoceros) is a large, cavity-nesting bird with black plumage, a white abdomen, and a long white tail crossed by a wide black band. Named for the upturned casque or “horn” that sits atop their giant colorful beaks, the males and females look alike except for their eye color (M-red, F-white).

Interesting Facts:-

After the female lays 1-2 eggs, the pair uses mud and fruit to seal the female inside the tree cavity. The male passes food to her through a tiny hole while the female sits on the eggs. Thirty days after the chicks hatch, the female breaks out of the cavity and reseals the entrance. The chicks remain in the nest until they are about 80 days old.

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Is it true that the Hippo sweats blood?

No, the hippo’s skin exudes a red, oily liquid that keeps the skin moist and protected when it is out of water. The liquid has lead to a myth that the hippo sweats blood.

I know it’s too close a shot to be comfortable to view. These Hippo images are not closely cropped or resized. It’s the camera ready original size. Taken at Mysore Zoo; the Hippo suddenly appeared before me from no where. I was focusing on a far off Hippo. It took me by surprise and clicked a few shots with my mounted 55-250 mm lens from 5 ft distance. Of course I was other side of concrete fence and safe. You can see the blood like fluid oozing out from the head. In fact I noticed it only after viewing on my computer and was curious to know and found the given below results from the net. Please view large. (View in large size to see the blood like substance oozing out on head in the first image.)

Some Interesting facts:

Hippopotamus amphibious means “river horse.”

The hippo’s yawn is not a sign of sleepiness or boredom but is actually a threat gesture, displaying long, thick, razor-sharp canine teeth, or tusks, with which it is capable of biting a small boat in half. Being fearlessly protective of their turf and young, hippos have killed hundreds of people in Africa – more than any other wild animal.

The ears and nostrils – located at the top of the head – close automatically when the animal is under water. It has practically no hair, and its smooth skin is quite delicate.

The tusk-like incisors and canines grow continuously. They are ivory, valued even more highly than an elephant’s because they do not turn yellow with age. George Washington’s false teeth were not made of wood, as is commonly believed, but were carved from the tusks of a hippopotamus.

One young is born at a time, after a gestation of around 230 days. Births usually occur in months of heavy rainfall, but can occur year-round. Young hippos will also bask on their mother’s back. A group of hippos is called a “bloat.”

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Dove or Pigeon?

There is no true scientific difference. They both belong to the family Columbidae, including some 300 species of near passerine birds, but there is an important difference in how the two terms are used colloquially.

The difference between doves and pigeons is mostly size. Doves are generally sleeker and smaller with pointed tails and shorter legs, while pigeons are larger and stockier with rounded tails. The common urban pigeon is also known as a “Rock Dove.”

The dove is a universal symbol of peace and innocence. In ancient Greek myth it was a bird of Athens which represented the renewal of life.

Taken at East coast road beach, Chennai Tamilnadu, India.

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KOI the colorful & Human friendly Fishes:-

You know these Beautiful and colorful Koi fishes are known to outlive their owners. Koi fish have been known to live up to 50 years under the right conditions. The record for the oldest fish is held by a Japanese Koi owner, was 233 years old when it died!!

In fact, these KOI fishes are often passed down from generation to generation, as they are valuable heirlooms. Taken at Wonderla, water theme park Bangalore, India.

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A vision with a task:-

If the eye does not want to see, neither light nor glasses will help 😉

Spectacles/reading glasses always makes a wonderful subject for photography. Anyone with photography as hobby must try different shots with specs so as to bring out the light, reflections, refrections and the amazing designs and patterns it produces at times while trying different compositions. I always enjoy shooting this subject; Hope you like it too!

 

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The living dinosaurs:

Taken at Crocodile Park, Chennai, India.

Some Interesting Facts about Crocodile:-

Many times crocodiles stay on the river banks mouth wide open. That is not an aggressive posture, but a way to cool off: they sweat through the mouth!

Only the belly skin of crocodiles is soft, the back skin is covered in bones. In fact, the back skin of a crocodile can reflect arrows, spears and even bullets!

Crocodiles are much more closely related to birds and dinosaurs than the other reptiles.

At time, a female crocodile helps the eggs hatch, by gently cracking the shells in her mouth.

The eggs of a crocodile are almost the same size as that of a goose.

Each crocodile jaw has 24 sharp teeth, used for grasping and crushing, but not chewing.

The eyes of a crocodile reflect light, making them appear red, and make night vision possible.

When the baby crocodiles are ready to hatch they start crying.  This triggers their mother to frantically dig them out of their sandy birth-chamber.  At this point, if you are lucky, you will see the mother carry the baby gently in her mouth and take it to water.

Unusually, the gender of crocodiles is determined by temperature.  If the eggs are incubated at over 33oc, then the egg hatches into a male or ‘bull’ crocodile.  At lower temperatures only female or ‘cow’ crocodiles develop.

Eight times a year a congregation of crocodiles gathers in on the Mary River to the east of Darwin Australia.  Instinct tells them that at these unusually high tides means masses of fish are going to leap over the barrier as the tide comes in.  On one occasion David Attenborough showed up and filmed about 60 crocodiles feasting on the fish as they tried to leap over the barrier.

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