Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GERALD SMITH: Garden Goldfinches

Regular readers will have read about Gerald before. He was a very close friend of my late father, and as the one-time Chaplain for the Falkland Islands, his flock also included the British Antarctic Territory, so Oll, once introduced him to someone as the ex-Vicar of the South Pole. What you may not know is that he is an accomplished nature photographer, and as such he is going to start contributing images to the bloggo.

Gerald writes: "Having got Goldfinches this year for the first time - thanks to Nyger seed - we've never seen a fledgeling before. Here's today's we presume. The back wing feathers seem quite extraordinary. We've also got Siskins and Greenfinches going for the seed - Siskins for the first time".


Chris Clark said...

Is this digiscoping? I have been trying this myself but I always have problems getting a good focus.

Jon Downes said...

Gerald Smith writes: Don't know what 'digiscoping' is.

This is taken with a Sony Alpha 3D using a Minolta 70-210 zoom, hand-held, on autofocus taken through my conservatory window.