I managed to get several pictures of the green heron last summer at Boomer Lake, and I was happy with how I managed to progress from just getting a partial picture of a green heron to actually getting a picture of one in flight during a very foggy morning.
I haven’t seen a night heron since my trip to Hawaii back in 2009; but in all honesty, I had no idea that they migrated through Oklahoma. I think it would be super cool to spot one within the lower forty-eight states–though that may mean being in a slightly more tropical part (such as California, Florida, or along the Texas coast) where they are around all year.
The other ‘stocky’ members that I would like to get a picture of are the yellow-crowned night heron (which is mainly found in the eastern part of the US, though it does summer in OK), and the bitterns (both American and Least), but these two birds are even more secretive than the green heron.
Have you gotten a picture of a bittern? If you have–how long did it take to get a good picture?
Today’s Fishy Friday post winner is the French angelfish that was sitting on the artificial coral at the New England Aquarium. These are fish that live in the waters of the western Atlantic from Florida down through the Caribbean and south to Brazil.
They feed on a variety of different foods including sponges, algae, soft corals, and tunicates—to name a few food sources. It’s a good thing that the corals in the aquarium are man made. Younger French angelfish will also clean the parasites and loose scales of larger fishes—including some that would probably like to have them for lunch as well. When in the wild, French angelfish actually are spotted in pairs.
Once they pair, they will defend a feeding territory from other fishes, and they reproduce via broadcast spawning. This is where the female and male both release their eggs and sperm into the water column above the reef at the same time. Broadcast spawning helps increase the likelihood of fertilization of the eggs, and protection of the eggs from predators that would feast upon them. During a single spewing event, the female fish can release anywhere between 25,000 and 75,000 eggs. The eggs will hatch within fifteen to twenty hours after fertilization. The young will live among plankton until they are approximately 15mm in diameter, where they then will settle onto the coral reef.
I’m not sure if there was a second French angelfish in the exhibit or not–and if there was I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a male and a female. I’m happy to say though, that I’m slowly starting to identify the different fish that I took pictures of (at least of those that I have non-blurry pictures of). Next goal–another aquarium and more FishyFriday photos.
Well I decided that today’s picture was going to be in the throwback edition. Looking through my photos, I decided that I wanted to remember my brief trip to London and the surrounding area that I took almost a year and a half ago.
This trip was during the time that I was job searching (as I’d been laid off from my job in August of 2017 due to budget issues), and I decided that I needed a break from things. I made it a two for one trip–I was going to try to network (there was a career event that I registered for) and also treat it as a mini vacation at the same time. So this was a whirlwind trip, where I left the US on Monday, landed in London on Tuesday, did the networking event on Wednesday and then spent the next three days sighting seeing as much as possible.
Going to London was my second trip abroad (first was in college for a forestry class & we went to Honduras), and my second large solo vacation as well (my first large solo vacation was going to Hawaii after passing my PhD proposal exam in grad school).
I loved the British Museum, & I know for a fact that I didn’t see everything in the museum either. So, hey–one reason to go back, I need to see the other half of the museum. I’m pretty sure that I missed the portions on Asia. But I love going to museums, zoos, aquariums–places that one can learn, and the exhibits while they might not “change”, the second time seeing them you see things in a different light or notice something that you didn’t see before.
It has also reminded me that it’s been awhile since I took a “big” trip, so maybe that is something that I should slowly start planning for in the fall. There are quite a few different places that I would like to travel & see–Australia, Scotland, Italy, and Finland just to name a few countries. Will just have to see what the year brings and maybe–just maybe there will be another trip abroad later this year.
Well this is the first entry for my series on getting ready to travel to, around, and then back from London. This past weekend I decided that I needed to expand the horizon for job searching…….I mean I’ve put out seventy job applications since the end of March, and about half have come back as nos–either I didn’t have the entire skill set; I hadn’t been publishing that many papers (forgot to add in the handful of in-house student publications that my name is on); I had my PhD too long (yep, in today’s job market there are a large number of labs that prefer to hire scientists who have only been out of grad school less than four to five years; right now I’m not going to age myself and say how long I’ve had mine); or I didn’t have a strong background in a subject. Another quarter have also been ignored–I’ve sent a follow-up email and have yet to hear a peep back on the status of my application–I don’t mind getting rejected. At least that tells me that my application was at least considered. When I don’t get a response, I figure that my application for whatever reason ended up in the trash (or recycling) bin.
Okay lets look at these responses logically and from the opposite viewpoint–industry is about the bottom line; they don’t want to waste time training someone, if they can find the skill set in someone who may not have the terminal degree (that person may only have a masters). I understand this, and almost wish that they’d just list their preferred qualifications as the minimum qualifications. Why? Because I will still apply for a job even if I’m lack a skill or two–because I will honestly state that I know little (to nothing) about that skill, but I’m willing to learn; with the hopes that there will be someone who is willing to take the chance. Read More