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‘W’ for Weird; ‘W’ for Wildlife

“Weird & Wild,” says NatGeo on the day we post our ‘Weird News’ edition which happens to have a distinct NatGeo flavour: Wildlife.  Here are four stories from the past 24 hours.

A Toad and a Bat

Peruvian wildlife ranger Yufani Olaya was on hand with a camera when a Cane Toad snagged a careless bat.  The remarkable head-on photo he took seems to be that of an extraterrestrial creature.

Though cane toads seem to be omnivorous and voracious, bats don’t seem to be to their taste because the toad spat it out – and though dazed, the bat remained in such good health that it flew off!

The photo and story also appeared on

Yellow Top

Woodpeckers are ‘red top’ birds.  Well, Ken Johnson can show you photographs of a rare ‘yellow top’ woodpecker.  Kerry Wood at The Journal has the story.

Johnson, by his own statements, is “by no means an avid bird watcher” nor does he live “in the rolling countryside.”  All the more interesting, then, that he spotted and photographed these rare birds.

A wildlife expert explained the mutation as a “lack [of] carotenoid in its plumage.”

A Smiling Seal

We stay with the Unusual-Wildlife-in-England theme with a story by James Johnston in the Sunderland Echo.

Retiree Keith Cockerill happened to have a camera on him when a seal waddled up on a pontoon at the River Wear in broad daylight, and said ‘cheese!’

The lucky retiree explained that it “is unusual . . . to see [seals] basking in the sunshine” . . . and, what’s more, smiling!

(Un)Reality Shows

We stay in England and close with a story about a ‘Reality Show’ (which, to some critics, are about wildlife but let’s not go there).  This ‘reality show’ belongs on this blog because it’ll be about photogs!

Zoltan Arva-Toth on Photography Blog brings the interesting news alongwith a lengthy and detailed press release.  The survival test will be amongst style and fashion photographers through nine episodes.  Each participant has to try to make it to the next round by way of completing fashion shoot-related tasks.

Call for contestants to go out soon, in case you’re interested.

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