October 22, 2006

Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The winners, a sifaka, some penguins, a seal, a baby gorilla.
  • Very cool! Also I enjoyed the photographer talking about the photograph as well.
  • Well, these are fascinating photos, but I wish they'd shown 'em a bit larger.
  • Rick was left wondering whether it would have been morally better to let the snake have its meal – and, indeed, if it would have succeeded in swallowing such a large frog had it been left to try. That sideways-glance on the frog in "winners" picture is very true. nicely linked bobboggis!
  • aw man, now i really want a baby gorilla. nice link.
  • Very nice link, thanks. I like the winner in the 10-years-and-under age group.
  • "‘I was fascinated by their bathing antics in a fountain,’ says Nils, ‘and watched them for ages with my father’. After washing, they sat on a fence to preen their feathers, which is where Nils singled out this individual. ‘I lay on the ground directly in front of it and focused on its head. The bird stared at me hard, curious about my behaviour,’ adds Nils, ‘which is when I took the shot’. " Man, those german kids are smart. An american 10-year-old-or-younger kid would have said, when interviewed, "I tooked the pitture cuz I liked it."
  • Ah the pelican The pelican His beak holds more Than his belly can
  • My dad always told me that went: A remarkable bird is the pelican His beak can hold more than his belly can He can hold in his beak Enough food for a week And I'm damned if I know how the hell he can
  • Pecked by the Presumptuous Pelican A wonderful bird is the pelican, His mouth can hold more than his belly can, He can hold in his beak, Enough food for a week. I'm damned if I know how the hell he can! Many people think Ogden Nash composed that famous limerick, but he didn't. It was written in 1910 by Dixon Lanier Merritt (1879-1972), a Southern US newspaper editor and president of the American Press Humorists Association. Then there's this parody, by that prolific writer, Anon: A wonderful bird is a Pelican, Whose beak can hold more than his belly can. Be it crabs, clams, or fish, It will hold all you wish. But I'm damned if I see how the hell he can. Hmph. I always thought it was Ogden Nash, too!
  • Thanks! I stand corrected, enlightened, and with a big bellyfull of crabs, clams or fish.