The Andean Condor

The Andean Condor

One of the largest flying birds in the world, the Andean condor has a wingspan of almost eleven feet. The Andean condor is a vulture with the typical bald head but with a lovely white ruff of feathers around its neck. These birds live throughout the Andes Mountain Range in South America and will nest as high as 16,000 feet. They have no known predators but have a near-extinct status. They are a majestic bird and are currently being bred in captivity to protect the species against full extinction.

Here’s a wonderful, 2-minute video of a young female condor ‘being encouraged’ to fly by her parents. Here’s a lovely, 2-minute video of condors soaring in the world’s deepest canyon found in Peru. This is a very sweet, 2-minute video of a condor who returns to its rescuer for a hug.

FunFacts about The Andean Condor: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) is a South American bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidae and is the only member of the genus Vultur. Found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. It has a maximum wingspan of 3.3 m (10 ft 10 in) exceeded only by the wingspans of four seabirds and water birds—the roughly 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in) maximum of the wandering albatross, southern royal albatross, great white pelican and Dalmatian pelican. (Source)
  • The Andean Condor is a large black vulture but with a pretty white ruff around its neck. Males have large white patches on their wings.
  • The head of the Andean condor is a dull red.
  • A scavenger bird, condors prefer large carcasses to feed on like deer and cattle.
  • The Andean condor is one of the longest-lived birds and can reach the age of 70 years plus.
  • It prefers to nest in solitary rock crags up to an elevation of 16000 feet (5000 m).
  • The Andean condor has a ‘near threatened’ extinction status which means it could become extinct in the near future. But breeding programs have been instituted. Causes are loss of habitat and accidental, second-hand poisoning.
  • The Andean condor is native to Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
  • Breeding-age maturity is reached somewhere between five and six years, but once reached, the Andean condor mates for life.
  • Every second year, during the months of February and March, a mated pair produces one or two eggs in a nest of sticks. The egg or eggs incubate up to 58 days. Chicks are covered with grayish down until they are almost the size of their parents. At six months, the chicks can fly but will continue to roost and hunt with the parents until the age of two.
  • The Andean condor has no known predators.
  • The Andean condor is a national symbol for many of the region’s countries.

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Australia

Australia 

The land of vast deserts and a gazillion miles of beaches: Australia. The Great Barrier Reef. Kangaroos. Koalas and eucalyptus. The friendly Kookaburra. And the highest average wealth per capita. A strong economy. A land that grapples with periodic droughts and floods. A place that has known human settlements for 30,000 years. With the Aboriginal population numbering 2.5 percent, Australia, like the USA, is a land of immigrants.

Here’s an excellent 12-minute video featuring the beauties of Australia. This is a fun, youthful 7-minute personal video featuring a lot of food to be found in Sydney and Melbourne. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring Australian Aboriginal music called Australian Outback.

FunFacts about Australia: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. (Source)
  • Australia’s capital is Canberra.
  • Australia’s largest city is Sydney, which has been occupied by indigenous Australians for the past 30,000 years.
  • The Dutch made landfall in Australia in 1606. For a time,  Australia was known as New Holland. The Dutch made no attempt at settlement.
  • The first fleet of British ships arrived in 1788 establishing a penal colony as well as initiating a scientific exploration of Australia.
  • As one of the driest continents and lacking fertile soils, Australia has the lowest population density in the world given its size.
  • Australia has a diversity of landscapes from deserts in the center, mountain ranges in the southeast and rainforests in the northeast.
  • Australia is a highly developed country with the world’s 13th largest economy.
  • Australia is a regional power and has a strong military with the world’s 13th highest expenditure.
  • Australia has strong rankings in quality of life, health, education, civil liberties and political rights.
  • The Commonwealth of Australia was established in 1901 at which time it became a dominion of the British Empire.
  • Australia is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as a number of seas. It has been dubbed the ‘island continent’ and is sometimes considered the largest island in the world.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and lies off Australia’s northeast coast. It’s made up of over 2900 individual reefs.
  • Geologically, Australia is home to all known rock types.
  • The earth is mobile and that includes Australia, quote: The Australian continent is currently moving toward Eurasia at the rate of 6—7 centimetres a year. (Source)
  • Australia has six states: New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Victoria (VIC) and Western Australia (WA). It also has two major mainland territories: the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT).
  • Australia is a wealthy country and in 2018 became the country with the highest average wealth per capita in the world, even higher than Switzerland.

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Eucalyptus and Koalas

Eucalyptus and Koalas

I spent part of my youth in Southern California, not far from the coast. There was a lot of agriculture in this area when I was a kid and eucalyptus trees were everywhere. They were grown primarily as windbreaks to protect all kinds of orchards and farmland. The trees also shed their bark which gives them an interesting appearance, though I confess one of my favorite things to do was to peel long strips off the trunks. I can remember wondering if the trees itched and if it felt good to have the bark pulled off. I suppose that lends itself to the philosophical question, Do trees feel? I certainly don’t have an answer to that one, but it’s an intriguing question. As for the eucalyptus tree, I’m also intrigued by the fact that koalas live on a diet primarily of eucalyptus leaves. In fact, these marsupials barely need to drink water because the trees are water guzzlers themselves. 

Here’s a fabulous, 6-minute compilation video of koalas in eucalyptus trees. You’ll hear some of the sounds the marsupials make. This is an adorable 2-minute video in which the owner tries to get her baby koala to play in the tree, but instead the koala wants ‘mama’! Here’s the sweetest 1-minute video of a baby koala ‘meeting mum’ for the first time. Pouch-living at its best.

FunFacts about Eucalyptus and Koalas: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information about eucalyptus, quote: Eucalyptus (plural eucalypti, eucalyptuses or eucalypts) is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs (including a distinct group with a multiple-stem mallee growth habit) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia, and include Eucalyptus regnans, the tallest known flowering plant on Earth. Australia is covered by 92,000,000 hectares (227,336,951 acres) of eucalypt forest, comprising three quarters of the area covered by native forest. (Source)
  • Basic Information about Koalas, quote: The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, or, inaccurately, koala bear) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats, which comprise the family Vombatidae. (Source)
  • A Koala Bear isn’t a bear at all, but a marsupial, an animal with a pouch.
  • There are over 700 species of eucalyptus and most are native to Australia. A small number can be found in Indonesia, New Guinea and the Philippines. Only 9 species of eucalyptus are not native to Australia.
  • Koalas live in Australia, in the eucalyptus forests along the east coast states of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
  • Eucalyptus are distributed throughout temperate regions of the world but have limited cold tolerance.
  • Koalas only eat the leaves of eucalyptus trees. They rarely drink water since they get what they need from eating the leaves.
  • The nature of Eucalyptus has many potential uses. Eucalyptus oil can be used for cleaning, as a fragrance, as an antimicrobial and as an insecticide. Because the trees take in a lot of water, they can be used to drain swamps which helps prevent malaria. They are fast-growing which provides wood for a variety of uses.
  • Koalas are arboreal meaning they spend most of their time in trees. They sleep during the day and are awake at night.
  • On warm days, Eucalyptus forests are often shrouded in a self-creating mist or haze.
  • Koalas live between 13-18 years, weigh between 15-30 pounds, and prefer to live alone, not in groups.
  • Eucalyptus ranges in size from shrubs to very tall trees.
  • Koala BearsKoalas have 2 thumbs on each of their front claws.
  • Nearly all eucalyptus are evergreens.
  • Koalas have sharp teeth for chewing leaves.
  • Eucalyptus leaves are covered in oil glands.
  • The flowers of the eucalyptus have fluffy stamens which can be cream, yellow, white red or pink.
  • A mother Koala is pregnant for about 35 days and her baby is called a joey or cub.
  • A baby Koala is born blind, earless and hairless. It’s the size of a jelly bean when it’s born and makes its way to its mother’s pouch all on its own.
  • For the first six months, the baby Koala will stay hidden in the mother’s pouch. During that time, as they drink their mother’s milk, their hair will grow and their eyes and ears will develop.
  • At 30 weeks, the baby Koala will begin to eat eucalyptus leaves.
  • At 12 months old, the baby Koala will leave its mother to find its own place to live.

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Lorikeets

Lorikeets 

These small-to-medium parrots come in a huge variety of colors. Some are all black, others mostly red or green, and one species is black and orange. Lorikeets are considered one of the most beautiful birds on the planet. The photos below are exclusively of the rainbow lorikeet and this species lives up to its name. Lorikeets are best known for their ability to lap nectar. They have papillae, or very fine hairs, on the ends of their tongues. The second video shows these in slow-motion.

Here’s a 2-minute video of a rainbow lorikeet in motion and making all kinds of vocalizations. This 5-minute video shows the lorikeet’s unique brush-like tongue which helps it to gather nectar. It also showcases several, fascinating slow-motion sequences. Here’s a 3-minute video of lorikeets chirping, bathing and enjoying life.

FunFacts about Lorikeets: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Lories and lorikeets (tribe Loriini) are small to medium-sized arboreal parrots characterized by their specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar of various blossoms and soft fruits, preferably berries. The species form a monophyletic group within the parrot family Psittacidae. (Source)
  • Lorikeets can be found in Australasia, a region of Oceania.
  • With their specialized brush-tipped tongues, they can take the nectar of around 5000 species of plants. The tips of their tongues have papillae which are very fine hairs.
  • Lorikeets are important pollinators of many trees including the coconut palm.
  • Lorries and lorikeets are considered some of the most beautiful species of parrots.
  • Lorikeets feed mainly on nectar, though they will eat fruit and seeds. They’ve also been observed eating insects.
  • The ultramarine lorikeet is highly endangered and is one of the top 50 rarest birds.
  • Lories generally have blunt tails while lorikeets have longer, tapering tails.
  • There are 53 species of lorikeets.
  • The rainbow lorikeet, featured in the photos below, is one of the most notable of the lorikeets. At night, they gather, sometimes by the thousands, in communal roosts.
  • Lorikeets come in many colors: black, brown, green, yellow-streaked, red-and-blue with black wings, multi-colored with purple necks, mostly red, orange-and-black, etc.
  • About lorikeet reproduction, quote: Like most Australian parrots, lorikeets are hole nesters. A hollow trunk or eucalyptus branch are usually chosen where two white eggs are laid and incubated for just under a month. The chicks are fed a liquid diet of partially digested nectar and pollen regurgitated by both parents. (Source)

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Australia Blue Mountains

Australia Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are located not far from the Sydney metro area. In fact, they’re only about 31 miles away. So, if you’re planning a trip to Sidney, be sure to set aside some time to visit these beautiful mountains. They are perhaps best known for the Three Sisters, a line of monoliths that you’ll find in several of the photos below. The names of the sisters are Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo.

Here’s an exquisite 4-minute video of Australia’s Blue Mountains. This is an awesome 3-minute video featuring some footage of Sydney and some of the Blue Mountains. Here’s a 4-minute video that shows what it’s like to take a touristy trip through the Blue Mountains.

FunFacts about Australia Blue Mountains: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: The Blue Mountains are a mountainous region and a mountain range located in New South Wales, Australia. The region borders on Sydney’s metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of centre of the state capital. The public’s understanding of the extent of the Blue Mountains is varied, as it forms only part of an extensive mountainous area associated with the Great Dividing Range. Officially the Blue Mountains region is bounded by the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers in the east, the Coxs River and Lake Burragorang to the west and south, and the Wolgan and Colo rivers to the north. Geologically, it is situated in the central parts of the Sydney Basin. (Source)
  • The main towns situated in the Blue Mountains are Katoomba, Blackheath, Mount Victoria, and Springwood.
  • The Blue Mountain Range contains both the Explorer Range and the Bell Range.
  • The Gundungurra people, Australian aborigines, have inhabited the Blue Mountains for millennia. The Darug people have inhabited the lower Blue Mountains.
  • First sighting and naming of the Blue Mountains, quote: Arthur Phillip, the first governor of New South Wales, first glimpsed the extent of the Blue Mountains from a ridge at the site of today’s Oakhill College, Castle Hill. He named them the Carmarthen Hills, “some forty to sixty miles distant…” and he reckoned that the ground was “most suitable for government stock”. This is the location where Gidley King in 1799 established a prison town for political prisoners from Ireland and Scotland. The first documented use of the name Blue Mountains appears in Captain John Hunter’s account of Phillip’s 1789 expedition up the Hawkesbury River. (Source)
  • The dominant vegetation in the higher parts of the Blue Mountains is eucalyptus forest.
  • Rainforests are often found in sheltered gorges.
  • The tallest peak is an unnamed peak of 1,189 m or 3,901 ft.
  • The Blue Mountains is described as a ‘dissected plateau’ in ‘sandstone bedrock’.
  • The Greater Blue Mountains Area is a world heritage site.
  • The Blue Mountains is inhabited by over 400 species of animals including the koala bear and grey kangaroos. Dingos also live in the area and hunt the kangaroos.
  • There are many tourist attractions like the Katoomba Scenic Railway, the Jenolan Caves, the Giant Stairway and the Three Sisters. The latter are three prominent monoliths featured in several photos below.
  • The Blue Mountains are popular with hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers.

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Onions

Onions

I’m a fan of onions. I like them raw, especially in sandwiches. I rarely indulge, however, if I’m in company since the resulting bad breath is very unpleasant for others. But so many dishes, especially soups, pasta sauces, or Mexican cuisine have to include this uber-flavorful bulbous vegetable. I can’t imagine cooking a pot roast, for instance, without an onion, sliced or quartered, added to the slow-cooker.

Here’s a 1-minute video on making onion chutney. Here’s a fabulous 4-minute video, French Guy Cooking, about making a true French onion soup. Here’s a 3-minute video on growing onions from seed. 

FunFacts about Onions: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The onion, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. Its close relatives include the garlic, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and its bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. The bulbs are composed of shortened, compressed, underground stems surrounded by fleshy modified scale (leaves) that envelop a central bud at the tip of the stem. In the autumn (or in spring, in the case of overwintering onions), the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage. (Source)
  • The onion has been in cultivation for about 7000 years.
  • The wild onion has been extinct for a long time.
  • As a food source, the onion dates back several millennia in China, Egypt and Persia.
  • Egyptians revered the onion. They saw the concentric circles as symbols of eternal life.
  • The Romans believed onions could heal eye problems, dog bites, dysentery and insomnia.
  • Yellow onions turn a rich dark brown when caramelized and give French onion soup its special flavor.
  • Onion powder is made from finely ground dehydrated onions.
  • Pickled onions are eaten as a snack around the world.
  • Onions are toxic to dogs and cats.
  • When planting, onions like well-drained, fertile soil.
  • China and India together produce nearly half the world’s supply of onions.

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Kangaroos

Kangaroos

The first thing I learned while doing my research for this blog is that not all kangaroos are kangaroos. There are related species called ‘wallabies’ and ‘wallaroos’ which look very similar. I’ll leave it to you to see if you can distinguish which are which in the photos below since the primary distinction among these species is size, wallabies being the smallest and kangaroos the biggest. Most live in Australia but there is even a tree kangaroo that lives in New Guinea. But they’re all the same family called Macropods, which means ‘big footed’. I’m hoping some of my Aussie commenters can give us some insight!

This 4-minute BBC video features a ‘mob’ of kangaroos in a field and a brief battle between the strongest male kangaroo and a challenger. Here’s a 2-minute video of a wallaroo fending off a dingo. Here’s a sweet 3-minute compilation of baby kangaroos.

FunFacts about Kangaroos: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning “large foot”). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus: the red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, and western grey kangaroo. (Source)
  • Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia.
  • The total kangaroo population is estimated to be as high as 50 million, which is double the human population of Australia at approximately 25 million.
  • The terms ‘wallaby’ and ‘wallaroo’ refer to species related to the kangaroo but differing primarily in size.
    • About wallaroos, quote: Most wallaroos are only a little smaller than a kangaroo, fairly thickset, and are found in open country. (Source)
    • About wallabies, quote: The term wallaby is an informal designation generally used for any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo or wallaroo that has not been designated otherwise. (Source)
  • There is a ‘tree kangaroo’ that lives in New Guinea.
  • A large male kangaroo can weigh up to 200 pounds or 90 kg.
  • As a marsupial, female kangaroos have a large pouch in which baby kangaroos, called joeys, finish their postnatal development. The joey is an undeveloped fetus and about the size of a lima bean at birth and must crawl from inside the mother all the way to the pouch. It then attaches to a nipple in the pouch where it remains until it’s a juvenile.
    • Joeys stay in the pouch for about nine months before leaving the pouch for small amounts of time.
    • The mother feeds the joey for approximately 18 months.
  • The kangaroo is a symbol of Australia and appears on the Australian Coat of Arms.
  • Kangaroo meat is sometimes used for food and has a low fat content.
  • Kangaroos are the largest animal that uses hopping to get around.
  • Kangaroos are herbivores.
  • Kangaroos can defend themselves from predators, like dingos, by disemboweling them with their powerful hind feet.
  • Groups of kangaroos are called mobs.
  • The kangaroo has been an important animal to Australian Aborigines.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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*** Disclaimer: As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, I don’t have sufficient expertise to tell the difference between kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Therefore, the photos below are probably a mixture of these three. Regardless, they are all wonderful.     

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Ukraine

Ukraine

One of the best reasons to watch videos, is that no matter what the political or even economic situation of a country, you can get a sense of the people and the culture. I never fail to smile or to be touched. In this case, the last video below, of a couple dining on hearty Ukrainian fare, in a unique restaurant, had me smiling the entire time. I felt as though I got to share their enjoyment of the local cuisine.

This is a really fun 9-minute video showcasing all the different kinds of ‘bubble waffles’ served as street food in Ukraine. Here’s a 12-minute, slide-show video of 100 places to visit in Ukraine. Here’s a 9-minute video of a couple dining in a unique Ukrainian restaurant and loving it. Of course, I watched the video way too close to lunchtime and ended up starving, lol!

FunFacts about Ukraine: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Ukraine, sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in Eastern Europe. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. (Source)
  • Ukraine has 2 main religions, Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism.
  • Ukraine and Russia have a territorial dispute over the Crimea.
  • Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC, though there were Neanderthal settlements as early as 45,000 BC.
  • In the Middle Ages, Ukraine was a center of East Slavic culture, especially the state of Kievan Rus. Belarus, Russia and Ukraine all claim Kievan Rus as their cultural ancestors. There is some controversy as to whether the Kievan Rus were Vikings or Slavs. Evidence suggests this culture had a Viking ruling class with Slavs forming the majority of the population.
  • The city of Kiev, which is the capital of Ukraine, was the center of Kievan Rus culture.
  • In 1240, the Mongol Invasion destroyed the city of Kiev.
  • War characterized this part of Europe for centuries, through World War II. War against Germany raged in this region so that by the end of the war 700 Ukrainian cities and 28,000 villages were destroyed.
  • Chernobyl is located in Ukraine.
  • Today, Ukraine has a high poverty rate and is considered a developing nation.
  • Though Ukraine is struggling, they now rank fourth in the world in terms of certified IT professionals.
  • Ukraine has fertile farmlands and is one of the world’s largest grain exporters.
  • Ukraine is ranked 8th in Europe in terms of a tourist destination country.
  • Ukraine has the second largest military in Europe after Russia.
  • Ukraine has a president and a parliament.
  • Ukraine is a member of the UN.
  • Geographically, Ukraine is primarily a land of plateaus and fertile plains crossed by rivers. The delta of the Danube forms a border with Romania.
  • The Carpathian Mountains cross Ukraine in the west.
  • Ukraine has significant natural resources, but it faces many environmental issues including contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
  • The climate of Ukraine is temperate with a sub-tropical climate near the Crimea.
  • Though Ukrainian is the national language, many citizens speak Russian.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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