While on assignment for @natgeo i photographed the Chicken at the @madeinghent farm owned by @richardbeaven and @MimiBeaven.
The Araucana (Spanish: 'Gallina Mapuche') is a breed of domestic chicken from Chile. Its name derives from the Araucanía region of Chile where it is believed to have originated. It lays blue-shelled eggs, one of very few breeds that do so.
I meet and photographed the #Ostrich while working on a story about the #OriginofBirds for @natgeo.
The common ostrich was originally described by Carl Linnaeus from Sweden in his 18th-century work, Systema Naturae under its current binomial name. Its scientific name is derived from Latin, struthio meaning "ostrich" and camelus meaning "camel", alluding to its dry habitat.
Always nice to see my work in the @NatGeo magazine.
Bristling with teeth for catching fish, this Anhanguera piscator fossil retains its true-to-life shape—a prize for paleontologists. Its skull and other bones were found in a fossil-rich region of Brazil.
NSM-PV 19892, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE, TOKYO
Nearly as tall as a giraffe and with the wingspan of an F-16 fighter, Quetzalcoatlus northropi was one of the largest flying animals of all time. This life-size model, being painted by Jim Burt at #BlueRhinoStudio in Minneapolis, is bound for a cultural center in Kuwait.
This photo was originally published in "Why Pterosaurs Were the Weirdest Wonders on Wings," in November 2017. #BlueRhinoStudio
While visiting the Shetland Isles, north of Scotland I had to photograph a Shetland pony.
Small #horses have been kept on the #ShetlandIsles since the #BronzeAge. People who lived on the islands probably later crossed the native stock with ponies imported by Norse settlers. #Shetlandponies also were probably influenced by the #Celtic Pony, brought to the islands by settlers between 2000 and 1000 BCE. The harsh climate and scarce food developed the ponies into extremely hardy animals.
Shetland ponies were first used for pulling carts, carrying peat, coal and other items, and plowing farm land. Then, as the Industrial Revolution increased the need for coal in the mid-19th century, thousands of Shetland ponies traveled to mainland Britain to be pit ponies, working underground hauling coal, often for their entire (often short) lives. Coal mines in the eastern United States also imported some of these animals. The last pony mine in the United States closed in 1971.
The Silkie is a breed of #chicken named for its plumage, which feels like silk. The breed has black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four. Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament.
It is unknown exactly where or when these fowl with their singular combination of attributes first appeared, but the most well documented point of origin is ancient China.
The earliest surviving written account of Silkies comes from #MarcoPolo, who wrote of a "furry chicken" in the 13th century during his travels in #Asia. In it, he spoke on "wool-bearing chickens" and ones "clothed with hair like that of a black cat".
Silkies most likely made their way to the West via the Silk Route and maritime trade. The breed was recognized officially in North America with acceptance into the Standard of Perfection in 1874. Once #Silkies became more common in the West, many myths were perpetuated about them. Early Dutch breeders told buyers they were the offspring of chickens and rabbits, while sideshows promoted them as having actual mammalian fur.
The #VictoriaCrownPigeon is a member of the small genus of ground dwelling pigeons from the Columbidae family.They are known for their loud hooting call, sometimes accompanied by a clapping sound as their oddly shaped wings bat the air. Weighing at more then seven pounds, they are considered the largest of the pigeons family. #Pigeon#birds#feathers