A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest To See It All by Luke Dempsey I thought it would be worth the time if I started to do some informal book reviews on the bird-related books I read. =) I will start with my most recent, A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest To See It All by Luke Dempsey. I have taken many a bird from this book to make a daily bird. It mentions many birds and even gives a little detail about some of them. This book is a quick, fun read. It details how the author, Luke Dempsey, begins his love affair with birds and how it progesses. He is very personable and tells the story
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A bird of prey, similar to the families of hawks, eagles and vultures this bird falls into the “raptors” category. But according to Wikipedia this classification is being investigated. These birds like the warm tropical climates (notice a pattern?). They like to snack on apple snails. Anyone know what an apple snail is? Just kidding, this is what an apple snail looks like when it is being eaten by a Snail Kite
Will the real Common Myna please stand up!? Please stand up!? =) I have to admit. I did not immediately notice that these three birds were the same kind of bird just different ages and/or sexes. Interesting. They fooled me, the amateur that I am. However, a wise person more observant than I showed me the similarities, thank you wise person. This birdy is a city-dweller or at least it thrives around people and while it prefers warmer climates it can live pretty much in any. It is known as “an invasive pest” in Australia. After a little research I must agree. Apparently it is an extremely aggressive bully bird. It likes to pick on other more gentle local birdies threatening the native bird species.
The Crested Caracara is a large, ground-dwelling falcon. To me, it looks similar to many falcons but it is more colorful perhaps. Albeit, I have little experience with falcons. Interesting Facts about the Crested Caracara (Source: Whatbird.com): * A common subject of folklore and legends throughout Central and South America, the Crested Caracara is sometimes referred to as the â€œMexican eagle.â€ * Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, it is actually in the same family as falcons. * A group of falcons has many collective nouns, including a “bazaar”, “eyrie”, “ringing up”, “stooping up”, and “tower” of falcons. (And yes, this too I found in Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See
The Mangrove Cuckoo is a cute little bird with an extremely interesting and almost funny call (sound). Listen to this bird at Bird Watcher’s Digest (yes, I do subscribe to this magazine!) Don’t you think it makes interesting sounds? I also like its curved beak. It curves downwards like a hook. The Mangrove Cuckoo breeds in Florida but then heads to the tropics for winter. It prefers to frequent the local swamp. Anyone know why? And yes, I also found this little bird in Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See It All.
The Magnificent Frigatebird was also mentioned in Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See It All.” So, it is going to be today’s bird of the day. =) This is a very interesting bird. It reminds me of the frogs that can puff up their bottom lip. I found these interesting facts at Cornell Lab of Ornithology: # rigatebirds are the only seabirds where the male and female look strikingly different. # The breeding period of the Magnificent Frigatebird is exceptionally long and young fledglings are often still being fed by the female at one year of age. # The male Magnificent Frigatebird abandons its mate and half-grown chick and leaves the breeding colony, presumably to molt