Ptarmigan Bird! for Fat Bird Friday!
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my dearest beloved boyfriend: * does something *
me: ...* parrots him in a way that makes me lovable and endearing *
HIIII i'm selling a few lil designs on shirts and stickers on teespring rn just to get some extra income... mostly to support my amazing boyfriend right now because He Deserves It
here are what my cute little designs are looking like
they all come as stickers and in multiple Shirt Genres (hoodies, tanktops, t-shirts...) and in whatever colours so go nuts go ape.
Buy My Wares Right Now.
if you want to support my boyfriend directly (understandable, me too omg) consider buying his merch, commissioning him, or just donating to his ko-fi!!!
thank you i love you (platonically)
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Wildlife on the ice road.
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Tundra birds & desert birds
P1: Tundra swan, Steller’s eider, yellow-billed loon, red-breasted goose, rock ptarmigan, red pharalope
P2: Ivory gull, snowy owl, spotted redshank, little auk, arctic redpoll, siberian tit
P3: See-see partridge, sooty falcon, cream-coloured courser, northern bald ibis, houbara bustard, crowned sandgrouse
P4:Humes owl, trumpeter finch, lanner falcon, black-crowned sparrow-lark, egyptian nightjar, african desert warbler
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May I have a full frontal ptarmigan? Thank you!!!
you got it bird buddy!!! :>
Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus)
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura)
BONUS . . . this one doesn't even look real, it looks photoshopped, i laughed the longer i stared at its feetsies
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Every time he speaks it builds up within you. Every spark of anger piling up like so many grains of sand. You must have a mountain seething in your gut by this point.
He says something, you don't even hear him, you don't even care. He's welcoming someone new to his table. They're short, with a cocky smile, and fingers they tap on the table like they're bored. You're sitting next to him, hoping your insolence shows through your mask. He says something, this time you hear one word - replacement - and you realize what he's got planned for this new addition.
The mountain shifts, a distant rumble echoing across the landscape of your carefully crafted facade of calm distaste. You're shaking.
You don't care about them, whoever they are. But you remember the last five years. You remember the things he did to the last one. Forging them into the perfect weapon, he said. You remember the smug sadism in his voice as he congratulated them on a job well done, as they stared numbly at their blood-stained hands. You remember the way he told them they were perfect. Perfect for him.
The mountain splits open.
You don't remember standing up, but now he's looking at you, at the heavy decorative statue you've snatched off the table. Its weight fits your grip perfectly.
"Now, just what are you trying to-"
But you've already swung it toward his head. The crack of its impact resonates through your palms and through the darkened room. He staggers, stumbles, falls. You don't even care. You bring it down again. And again. And again.
Soon enough, the exhaustion beginning to ache through your arms pulls you to a stop. You look around at the masked faces staring at you in shock, in horror, in... disappointment? Pride? And you look down, at what used to be your brother. You don't feel anything, you don't even care. The emotions will hit you soon enough, you're sure. But for now, all you care about is getting away from there. Away from your home and the hell that he made it.
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Waddling in a Winter Wonderland: How Penguins, Humans, and other Animals Traverse Ice and Snow
Winter in Pennsylvania has it pros and cons. The not-so-wonderful aspects of the season, such as shoveling sidewalks and trudging through knee-deep snow drifts, can be considered character builders at best. But then there’s the fun stuff, like ice skating and sledding. These can more than make up for the negative things, especially if you’re a kid. As a child, I remember doing these winter activities (plus making snowmen and snow angels, too). A lot of the activities that we see as leisure fun have actually been around for thousands of years. Through invention and adaptation, both humans and animals have learned how to deal with their wintry landscapes and safely travel from one icy area to another.
Today, people associate ice skating with sports and recreation. But, for a long time in human history, skates were essential for winter travel. They date back at least 3,000 years to around the end of the Bronze Age, when the people of Eastern Europe and Russia created skates out of animals’ shin bones (most likely cow and horse). These bone skates lied flat to the ice so the wearer could glide in all directions. However, control and speed were somewhat lacking.
But a dramatic change happened in the 13th century when the metal blade was introduced. Two hundred years later, better control and faster speed were achieved when sturdier bindings were added. Rapid travel was now possible during the cold winter months. In the 15th century Netherlands, for example, the canals that were built to power water mills and irrigate farmland in the summer would transform into frozen highways for thousands of travelers in the winter.
Today, we no longer need to depend on nature because temperature-controlled ice rinks are at our disposal all year round. But, whether the ice is natural or man-made, scientists are still not 100% sure how ice skating is possible. There are multiple theories. One is that the extreme pressure of the skate blade on the ice creates a high viscosity bead of melt water that the skate glides on. Another theory says that the uppermost layer of ice is made up of an extremely thin (10-20 nanometers) layer of freely moving water molecules. The skate blade glides across this quasi-liquid layer. It’s very similar to the support provided by the surface tension of the top layer of liquid water. Whatever the reason that makes skating possible, people just know that they really like it. Skating is an extremely popular activity, especially as it relates to sports.
Athletes can prefer different temperatures and textures of ice. “Slow ice” is warmer, softer, and rougher, and figure skaters prefer it for pushing off and landing complicated jumps. In contrast, hockey players prefer “fast ice.” It’s colder, harder, and smoother, which makes skating faster, passing easier, and puck behavior more predictable.
And if you could equate a hockey player to any creature in the animal world, it would be a penguin. These experts of ice travel prefer “fast ice.” This is because they use tobogganing as a primary way to get around. The toboggan, a thin, flat, flexible piece of wood, has been used for centuries by humans as a transporter of supplies as well as for leisure fun. But, in the case of penguins, they themselves are the toboggan! Walking for penguins is slow-going. They can only waddle along at about 1.5 mph. With tobogganing, penguins can move faster with no risk of falling. On horizontal ice, they slide around on their bellies, using their flippers and feet for propulsion, steering, and braking. But when they find a nice downslope…stand back! Like tiny tuxedoed torpedoes, penguins can slide down an icy hill at surprising speeds.
While penguins love to take advantage of ice’s gliding properties, polar bears have developed adaptations that keep slipping and sliding to a minimum. The sole of a polar bear’s foot has thick, black pads that are covered with small, soft dermal bumps (also called papillae) that create friction between their foot and the ice. Long hairs growing between the pads and toes, plus curved claws, also provide traction. They are the only bears that walk in a plantigrade, heel-to-toe, manner. Their gait is almost human-like, with the one slight difference that their toes point inward to avoid slipping. Their forepaws are also similar in structure to a human hand, so much so that it would be difficult for the average person to tell the difference between the bones of a polar bear paw and the bones of a human hand. This round, flattened paw shape acts like a snowshoe that spreads out their weight as they move over the snow.
Polar bears aren’t the only animals adapted to walking on top of snow.
Thousands of years ago, large regions of the world were snowbound for much of the year, including North America. This meant animals needed to adapt to their environments; some of these animals are still around today, like the snowshoe hare, whose wide, furry, large-toed feet—larger than any other rabbit species— allowed them to move easily over deep snow.
Like the hare, the ptarmigan, a partridge-like grouse, also lives in North America and has its own set of built-in snowshoes. As winter approaches, its feet become more feathery and they grow longer claws. These seasonal changes increase the weight-bearing surface of their feet by four times and reduce sinking in the snow by half.
Caribou (also known as reindeer in Russia and Scandinavia) go through a similar transformation with the coming of winter. Their sharp-edged hooves grow longer, their foot pads get tougher, and extra fur grows between and around their toes. These changes transform their already wide, flat feet into the ideal snowshoe for a frosty trek. For animals such as these, developing coping strategies for cold weather transport are essential to surviving and thriving in a frozen landscape.
So this winter, if you just happen to be strolling along admiring the Narnia-esque view around you, and you fail to notice that patch of ice at your feet, you may end up flat on your back, staring up at the sky, wondering “Why me?” but don’t despair. Instead, take comfort in the fact that even penguins, the masters of the ice, slip and take spectacular spills from time to time. At least you’re in good company!
Shelby Wyzykowski is a Gallery Experience Presenter in CMNH’s Life Long Learning Department. Museum staff, volunteers, and interns are encouraged to blog about their unique experiences and knowledge gained from working at the museum.
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the birds (or like half of them) but just their eyes
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thinking about ptarmigans
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Moorschneehuhn, (Lagopus lagopus), willow grouse, Marko König
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new type of guy unleashed... he's a photographer and painter in alaska who photographs the nighttime landscapes (he likes doing star trails 🥺) and then paints what using tha photos for reference. he's very sweet!!
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Sir, this bird has eyebrowns
@aubstacle-of-course has made me aware of the existence of ptarmigans from this incredible video today, so i had to do a quick sketch
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Ptarmigans change their color not because they have changed their alliance, but because it helps them survive. Just like the Arctic fox, ptarmigans gain an advantage by looking like the habitat around them. During the winter when it is snowy, these birds are white, and during the summer when the snow has melted, they are brown or tan.
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A quick drawing of a Willow Ptarmigan aka Riekko. These birds make some of the funniest noises. :D
If you like this artwork you can also purchase it on several types of products from: https://www.redbubble.com/i/art-board-print/Willow-Ptarmigan-by-JeMiChi/88240032.8DB3C
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some of the birds but just their eyes part 1 [click for fullview bc tumblr makes it so blurry]
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Ben Chonzie's boring, they said. Nothing to see here, they said. Talking out their a***s!
Great day out yesterday, making the most of the tail-end of winter before the humid wet soggy summer really takes hold. As soon as I parked up at the loch and opened the door...I was greeted by the sound of curlew, willow warblers, oystercatchers....and my first cuckoo! Very much felt like coming home :)
Plenty to see later on including ptarmigan, red grouse, mountain hare, red kite, peregrine, stonechat....and two ring ouzels!! And of course very heavy snow just at the right time, on the summit, resulting in poor visibility and a bit of nav practice. All with a beaming smiling face :)
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Female Rock ptarmigan calling, Sarek National Park, Sweden, April, Erlend Haarberg via Nature Picture Library
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