To keep warm in their chilly environment, penguins’ bodies are insulated with a thick layer of blubber and covered in waterproof feathers. Penguins shed their feathers and grow new ones every year during a two- to three-week period.


This is a picture and its child. Penguins need shelter from the cold, and parents are great shelter, according to this young penguin. Young penguins need their parents to survive their early years, and I learned that in Happy Feet.

Mountain Bluebird beauty

We see Mountain Bluebirds on our place in New Mexico. THey are breath taking flashes of turquoise as they glide through the clean mountain air. Baby Mountain Bluebird -- A little bird who is a Fluff-ball of Turquoise and the Idaho State Bird

Homemade Old Bay Style Seasoning. A wonderful mix of herbs and spices, perfect for crab, shrimp, chicken and so so much more.

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) - most of Europe & Middle East, including Turkey & North Africa, though rare in N. It winters in Southern Africa.

Lesser and Greater Scaup Identification Tips

Lesser and Greater Scaup Identification Tips

Learn to tell greater and lesser scaups apart with clues in appearance, range and more. Includes an identification quick reference table.

Parrot in full flight

Parrot in full flight

Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)

A "blonde" Gentoo penguin. It has a recessive condition called leucism, which reduces the amount of pigment that an animal produces.