Thursday, 27 April 2017

Gorgeous Photographs Of Rare And Colourful Birds

I am always saying how magical Mother Nature is and how amazing all the colours are that she paints the world in. What better way to capture and immortalise these colours than through the glorious art of photography? Below I shall be sharing with you some gorgeous photographs of the most rare, beautiful and colourful birds on our planet; with some added facts. 


1. Red Cardinal / Northern Cardinal

The northern cardinal is a North American bird. The female cardinal will sing from the nest to inform the male that she needs more food. 

2. Bohemian Waxwing

The Bohemian waxwing can be found in Eurasian forests, as well as certain areas of North America. What is interesting about these birds is that they regularly get drunk! How this happens is they often eat the already fermented fruits/berries of mountain ash, juniper and holly, which causes the intoxication (and sadly also often results in death). 

3. Rainbow Lorikeet

The rainbow lorikeet is quite a reclusive species of bird that spends most of its time hidden in trees. This species lives on a diet of nectar, fruit, pollen, insects and seeds. 

4. Golden Pheasant

The golden pheasant is a species of bird often kept in captivity due to its majestic plumage. It is interesting to note however that only the males have such gorgeous brightly coloured feathers; the females in contrast are very plainly coloured in hues of black and brown. 

5. Quetzal

The amazingly beautiful quetzal bird can be found in the mountainous tropical forest regions of Central America. They might seem delicate and dainty however, quetzals are omnivores capable of eating small lizards and other creatures! During mating season, the males of the species grow majestic long double tail feathers that can grow up to one meter long! 

6. Bali Bird of Paradise

These birds are quite the acrobats in that they are capable of hanging in all sorts of interesting positions; needless to say, they are very fascinating to watch. All species’ of birds of paradise are reclusive and isolated, spending time together only when it is mating season. 

7. Mandarin Duck

Mandarin ducks originate from East Asia. Once again, as with many bird species, only the males are brightly coloured. 

8. Paradise Tanager

Found primarily in the Amazon, the paradise tanager is a songbird that is capable of producing a variety of ‘songs’. 

9. Peacock

Peacocks are kept throughout the world as additions to formal gardens, due to their gorgeous plumage. The feathers of the common peafowl are often used as fashion accessories and decor items. 

10. Blue Fairywren/Superb Fairywren 

Native to Australia, these birds are extremely shy and reclusive, which is probably a good thing since they only grow to a total of 14 cm in length, making them susceptible to predators. 

11. White Peacock

The white peacock is a genetic variant of the common Indian Blue variety. It is interesting to note that these birds are in fact not albinos as many people believe them to be; they are simply a variant of the traditional green/blue varieties of peafowl the world has come to know more commonly. 

12. Frilled Coquette

The frilled coquette is actually a species of hummingbird that is found in South and Central America.  These birds are unfortunately endangered due to the fact that their habitat is under threat. 

13. Bee-Eater

The name of the brightly coloured bee-eater bird is quite deceptive in that this species will catch and eat most any flying insect; not only bees. 

14. Broad-billed Hummingbird

The broad-billed hummingbird lives on nectar from flowers as well as insects. The female of the species is much less colourful than the male and usually has a white eye stripe. 

15. Victoria Crowned Pigeon

The Victoria crowned pigeon is renowned for is gorgeous head crests.  This pigeon can grow up to a staggering 74 cm, making it the largest pigeon in the world!

And there you have it; 15 of the most colourful and beautiful birds known to man. I hope you enjoyed the images and facts!

Till next time

Debbie Nel


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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Celebrities: A Few Famous Faces You Did Not Know Were Related

What very few people realize is that many Hollywood celebrities are related to each other; albeit true that many are only very distant relatives.

Below I shall be sharing with you a list of famous faces you might have never known were related:


1. Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres 
    Genealogical tie/relation: Eleventh cousins

2. Madonna and Lady Gaga
    Genealogical tie/relation: Ninth cousins, once removed

3. Madonna and Hillary Clinton
    Genealogical tie/relation: Tenth cousins

4. Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie
   Genealogical tie/relation: Ninth cousins, twice removed

5. Barack Obama and George W. Bush
    Genealogical tie/relation: Tenth cousins, once removed

6. Barack Obama and Brad Pitt
    Genealogical tie/relation: Ninth cousins

7. Snoop Dogg and Brandy
    Genealogical tie/relation: First cousins

8. Prince Charles and Ralph Fiennes
    Genealogical tie/relation: Eighth cousins

9. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
    Genealogical tie/relation: Tenth cousins, once removed

10. Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones
      Genealogical tie/relation: Father and daughter

11. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
      Genealogical tie/relation: Mother and daughter

12. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy
      Genealogical tie/relation: First cousins

13. Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty 
      Genealogical tie/relation: Sister and brother

14. Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts
      Genealogical tie/relation: Aunt and niece

Do you know of anymore? If so, please add them in comments.

Till next time

Debbie Nel


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