Friday, October 19, 2012
Posted by Jon Downes at 1:29 PM
We thought you might be interested to see our new Spreo starlings Lamprotornis superbus also known as the superb glossy starling, but not to be confused with the greater blue-eared glossy starling H. chalybaeus. These omnivorous, East African softbills show a brilliant iridescence when the sun shines on them earning them one of their common names - the superb starling. A 20cm (8") bird with a black head, glossy blue-green upper parts, rust coloured chest with white vent area, they are truly spectacular, looking kind of like a cross between a starling and a kingfisher. My father John Marshall bought them at the Stafford National Show run by the Parrot Society UK last week. My colleague Emma Bartholomew from the Butterfly Farm recently photographed this species while on safari in Uganda and she commented that they are possibly the most attractive birds she has ever seen.
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:25 PM
In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that - whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot, or lake monsters - it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean Zoologist to be interested in. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.
Posted by Jon Downes at 11:49 AM
The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.
Here is the latest tranche of news...
NEWSLINK: More on US Ocelot conservation
NEWSLINK: The Zanesville animal massacre revisited...
NEWSLINK: More on lifting of tiger tourism ban
SIGHTING: ANOTHER SIGHTING OF 'BLACK PANTHER' NEAR...
Here is the latest tranche of news...
Posted by Jon Downes at 11:46 AM
Its friday once again. I am up and about unfeasibly early, because I need to be at Barnstaple Museum as early as we can get there. However, life being life and computers being computers I am already running late. The exhibition in Barnstaple runs until the 17th November, so please pop in if you are in the area...
Our daily visit to Thom the World Poet
Michael Des Barres recently appeared at the Little Kids Rock benefit concert. It seemed appropriate therefore to post this link about the gig:
Erik Norlander, our favourite prog rock Viking is getting great reviews wherever he goes - like this one from Holland
As Rolling Stones week draws to an end at the Gonzo Daily, Jon gets all existential on you all, and discussed the Mythologisation Process.
Exclusive pictures from the Auburn soundcheck in Southampton on Tuesday
And finally for today an insightful review of the ABWH live album
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On this day in 1969 Trey Parker, the co-creator of South Park, was born.
And now the news:
South Park has touched on many important issues, such as the Loch Ness Monster always looking for handouts: