Wednesday, January 13, 2021

BBC Autumnwatch 2020 Part 7

In this episode we spent the most time in Tentsmuir in Scotland watching, of course, seals, but also bearded tit, a very colorful and cute bird whose reed habitat was destroyed by a fire in April but rejuvenated by the time Autumnwatch was filmed. Also, I learned what a speculum is - it's a patch of iridescently blue wing feathers on both male and female mallard duck. The hypothesis as to why it's exactly the same is tentative - probably it refracts the light to avoid predation from hawks or falcons.
And also fungi and ther network. I love fungi, as probably some of you know, so seeing a tiny segment on them made me happy.

Wood Wide Web. Illustration how it's done^^