Animal_sultans Photos & Videos

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Recognize this bird? Thinking of yesterday’s post? Well, think again. This is an entirely different species. Yesterday’s post contained a Downy Woodpecker, but this here is a Hairy Woodpecker. So, what are the differences? These birds do look incredibly alike, I’ll admit it. These most noticeable differences are size (hard to tell from two separate photos, but the Hairy is slightly larger) and bill length, with the Hairy having a longer bill. The differences are more than skin deep though. To be designated as a separate species, genetic evidence is key. These genes often determine breeding compatibility, and so looking at mating is a good way to measure those genetic differences. This has lead to the widespread use of the Biological Species concept, which argues that if two critters can’t mate and create offspring that can survive and go on to make more babies then they are two different species. The most well known example of this concept in action is the mule, a cross between a horse and a donkey. The cross makes offspring that can survive, but mules are infertile, and can’t reproduce, thus the horse and the donkey are two different species. Hybrids have been found between Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, but they are thought to be unsterile. Other genetic evidence has also placed them surprisingly far apart given their many similarities. Their similarities likely are an example of convergent evolution, where two species acquire many of the same adaptations not from their common ancestor, but from a shared way of life, which pushes them to evolve beneficial characters to that niche. Nature has a funny way of creating a design that works and echoing across the many forms of life we have on our planet. at Summerside, Prince Edward Island

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Captured at the Cameron park in Waco, Texas at Cameron Park

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Repost @dogadan_kareler._ by @media.repost: Üsküdar yolcusu kalmasin ❤❤ 🐸😂😂 Rengi parlak yeşilden kahverengiye kadar değişen küçük ağaç kurbağası, caiman'ın sırtındaki serbest sürüşü asarken birbirlerine yapışmış olarak görülebilir. Yesen, “Caiman biraz şaşırmış görünüyordu, ama yeni arkadaşlarına aldırış etmedi” dedi. Caimans'lar genellikle kurbağaları, salyangozları, tatlı su kerevitlerini, örümcekleri ve küçük kertenkeleleri ancak bu ağaç kurbağalarını yer. The small tree frogs, which vary in colour from bright green to brown, can be seen clinging onto each other as they hitch the free ride on the caiman’s #frog #frogs #tree #trees #croc #crocodile #picoftheday #nature #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_sultans #macroworld_tr #exclusive_wildlife #nature_hippys_ #fiftyshades_of_nature #pocket_allnature #picturetokeep_nature #bestnatureshots #wildlife_perfection #turkiye #animalelite #splendid_animals #animal_sultans #animalfanatics #world_bestanimal #takipcikazan #kings_animals_love #shots_of_animals #tbt

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I’ve listened to many stories about the jungle where it starts on a misty morning, but never ever imagined that I would be witnessing one of the best ones from the jungle, it was a beautiful sight wer I just turned off the camera just to witness the moment after a few clicks, vintage nature ❤️ . . #splendid_animals #animal_captures #bbcearth #bbctravel #steetsofindia #natgeocreative #incredibleindia #natgeowild #wildgeography #marvelous_animals #live_love_wildlife #animal_sultans #desination_wild #wildlife_planet #fotocatchers #animalpolis #peacock #capturethewild #discoverychannel #ourplanetdaily #photooftheday #wildaid #feature_wildlife #wildkarnataka #kabini #nagarhole #peacock #mistymorning #follow

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All i need is your shoulder 🐕❤️ || 📸 by ----------- Daily Flufflyness @Animals_lover_squad -----------

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it’s hard to catch birds this deep in thought, but I’m an experienced bird photographer so....

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Summer Tanagers tend to stay fairly high in the forest canopy, where they sit still and then sally out to catch flying insects in midair, or move slowly along tree branches to glean food. Males have a sweet, whistling song similar to an American Robin; both sexes give a distinctive pit-ti-tuck call note. Just another amazing bird I saw while touring Costa Rica with @tropicalphototours Live life with passion, see the beauty in all things and share it with the world. #nikon #d4s 600mm 1:4 ISO2000 F/4 1/800 Please visit @audubonsociety and support the Audubon Society at www.audubon.org #photoarena_nature #exclusive_bird #macro_freaks #global4nature #eye_spy_birds #animalelite #bestnatureshots #nikon #igscwildlife #nature_sultans #ig_discover_birdslife #kings_birds #best_birds_of_ig #your_best_birds #exclusive_animal #nature_brilliance #animalbestshots_member #bird_brilliance #exclusive_wildlife #igworld_nature #animals_in_world #wildlifeowners #macro_vision #instanaturefriends_ #bns_birds #animal_sultans

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House sparrows are among the birds most closely associated with civilization, but how did they come to be so closely associated with humans? One explanation lies in their evolution, as the process of natural selection has caused changes in their skull shape and has enabled them to digest starch, which indicates that these birds have undergone changes similar to those seen in domesticated species like dogs. #nofilter #civilization #humanity #evolution #science #scicomm #history #bird #birdwatching #feather_perfection #sparrow #nature #naturelovers #wildlife #wildlifeonearth #animal_sultans #nikon #nikonnofilter

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