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2009-02-12 15:05:47

Ornithologists have reported smaller numbers of birds native to the wetlands of the Philippines due to urbanization and growth of agriculture. Such outside influences have caused the marshes to shrink from 32,000 hectares thirty years ago to just 72 hectares today. "In the 1980s they would routinely count 100,000 wild Philippine ducks and mainland Asian garganays (wild ducks) in one day, just for the two species," Michael Lu, president of Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, told AFP. Now...


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Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea
2013-01-01 13:38:46

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is a wading bird belonging to the family Ardeidae. It is native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds move away during the winter away from the ice in colder regions. It has become common in the summer even inside the Arctic Circle along the Norwegian coast. It’s a large bird, standing up to 39 inches tall and measuring 33 to 40 inches long with a 61 to 77 inch wingspan....

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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