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Watch this parrot sing "Everything is Awesome" and other tunes

Amazon parrot singing sensation Princess Yellowfeather resides at the Birds on Safari store in Stuart, Florida.

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Audubon Society's 2015 bird photography winners

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The Audubon Society received 9,000 entires for their annual photography contest and chose nine winners, including Mary Angela Luzader's Fine Art Honorable Mention for her shot of fighting Purple Gallinules, above.

She took her shot at Venetian Gardens, a public park in Leesburg, Florida:

Venetian Gardens is a wonderful place to photograph Purple Gallinules in a natural, parklike habitat. Someone called my attention to this pair chasing and fighting each other. I have never witnessed this behavior, and I was so excited I almost forgot to snap a few shots! When the fight was over, the victor got the girl, and the loser was chased away, with a few less feathers . . . and perhaps a headache!

The Top 100 is well worth the time if you admire birds and or beautiful photography.

Announcing the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards (audubon.org)

2015 Top 100 photos (audubon.org)

Turkey testicle eat-off founder is pretty relaxed about nearby town copying his festival

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There are plenty of turkey testicles for everyone.

That's the message of peace given to the world by the owner of Parkside Pub, a Chicago area bar that's been holding its Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years. It now faces competition from a similar bird-balls-eating festival in East Dundee. Same time, same date, same delicacy: turkey testicles.

From an article in the Daily Herald, a local paper covering the Chicago suburbs:

Citing a need for a family-oriented fall event, East Dundee leaders announced this week they'll be holding their first Turkey Testicle Festival, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

That's the same name and time frame for a 33-year tradition in not-so-distant Huntley.

J.R. Westberg, whose Parkside Pub has been hosting a Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years, took the competition in stride. "Our only thought to this was that there was no originality placed on their event," he said, noting that Parkside's fest often brings in more than 4,000 attendees.

"We've perfected the execution over the years," Westberg said. "Thirty-three years of tradition is probably not going away for us."

But East Dundee downtown businessman Cliff Surges, who is organizing the fledgling event, said the village is not trying to upstage or compete with the Huntley event; there are plenty of turkey testicles to go around.

"Huntley has their market," he said. "We're looking at a different demographic coming in. There's more than enough to go around for everybody."

"Citing a need for a family-oriented fall event," they say.

"East Dundee jumping on the Turkey Testicle Festival bandwagon" [Daily Herald, Illinois]

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New NASA imagery reveals extent of tar on Santa Barbara beaches left by Refugio oil spill

AVIRIS-NG red-green-blue (visible) aerial image of the Refugio Incident oil spill, showing oil on the water and on nearby Santa Barbara Channel beaches. NASA/JPL-Caltech


AVIRIS-NG red-green-blue aerial image of Refugio Incident oil spill, showing oil on the water and nearby beaches. NASA/JPL-Caltech

When an oil pipeline ruptured near Santa Barbara, California, on May 19, it leaked 105,000 barrels of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach, and another 21,000 gallons into the Pacific Ocean in the north Santa Barbara Channel. The Refugio Incident created an environmental nightmare for local beaches and wildlife, which continues still.

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This is the best funny video on the entire internethole

This. Looping. Forever.

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Bird wedged in car roof is freed and survives, thanks its savior by pooping

Ron Holan, the man who shot and uploaded this amazing video, says:

While driving over the mountains in Norway I saw a bird passing over my front window and assumed it got killed.

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WATCH: High-speed camera reveals path of each starling in a massive flock

Dennis Hlynsky filmed an enormous flock of starlings at 600 frames per second, revealing the path and "personal space" of individual birds. The result turns complex mathematical order into a beautiful abstract effect.

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Birdscapes: A Pop-Up Celebration of Bird Songs in Stereo Sound

I’m filled with wonder at the engineering and imagination needed to create the magical eye candy of pop-up books. Elaborate scenes come alive as I unfold each page. I’m always surprised the first time I open a pop-up book, but with Birdscapes more than my eyes were opened. There are bird songs and bird calls, tweets and warbles, sounds of nature from the Arctic Tundra to the Great Plains of North America – all in stereo from the back pages of this book!

Birdscapes presents seven intricate, delicate and very realistic pop-up bird habitats along with the sweet melodies of the birds that live there. Each soundscape is pared with text about ecosystems and bird species that’s easy to follow for the novice and specific enough for the expert. Spotted Owl, Western Meadowlark, Ruffed Grouse and even a Woodpecker are seen and heard. This is definitely one book filled with lots of oooh and aah moments.

Batteries are included in the book for long lasting listening pleasure. – Carole Rosner

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Missing parrot returns speaking Spanish

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When Nigel, an African grey parrot who was missing for four years, was reunited with his caretaker, the bird was chattering in Spanish, not the British accent he had when he disappeared. (The Daily Breeze)

Documentary about people and vultures

Help fund Requiem For A Bird, an artistic documentary about Mumbai's Parsi people who ritualistically gift their dead to vultures whose population there has been decimated as a consequence of an anti-inflammatory drug previously given to cattle.

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Parrot says 'WTF' (video)

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Video: Beak-cam of rescued pelican relearning to fly

A pelican knocked around by a storm near Tanzinia's Mahale Mountains was rescued and taught to fly again. Here's beautiful "beak-cam" footage of the soaring bird. (No, GoPro didn't pay us to post this clip.) (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)

Video: visualizing the paths of congregating birds

Dennis Hlynsky captured video of starlings congregating at Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway and then digtally drew in their flight paths. (via The Kid Should See This)

Why birds fly in a V formation

Why do birds fly in a "V" formation? Scientists at the UK's Royal Veterinary College attached sensors to endangered ibises migrating from Austria to Tuscany. What they confirmed is that the aerodynamics of V flocking helps the birds conserve energy and that they optimize this by careful positioning and timing their wing flaps. "Precision formation flight astounds scientists" (Nature)

Video: true bird's eye view

Back in May, aboriginal rangers placed a motion-sensing camera near Western Australia's Margaret River to collect images of crocodiles. The camera disappeared. Recently though, another ranger found the camera about 110 kilometers away. It appears that a sea eagle had snatched it. (ABC News, thanks Bob Pescovitz!)

Man throws parrot at police

LUIS+SANTANA Waterbury, Connecticut police were responding to a call about a fight when they encountered this gentleman, Luis Santana, 32, running from the scene. Police ordered Santana to stop and he responded by throwing a parrot at the officers. The bird bit the cop's finger and Santana ran off. Eventually, a witness led police to the man who, according to NBC Connecticut, was charged with "cruelty to animals, assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, second-degree burglary and interfering with a police officer."

Gorgeous and realistic paper birds

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NewImageColombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera creates exquisite bird sculptures from paper. She's constructed more than 100 species, all life-size. Her papercraft aviary is currently on display at the Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, Florida.

"Diana Beltran Herrera’s Flock of Paper Birds" (Smithsonian)