19 May 2016

Polly want a cracker?

 Magpie loves his birds...
 "The fossil remains of a 50-million-year-old bird with a six-metre wingspan have been found in Antarctica.
Paleontologists at a natural history museum in Argentina said they had identified the pelagornithid, or bony-toothed bird, nearly three years after its fossilised bones were first found at an Argentine research base on the Antarctic island of Marambio....
The bird's wings, fully extended, spanned more than 6.4 metres.
This is twice as big as the albatross, the largest flying bird alive today, which has a wingspan of 3.3 metres.
Ms Acosta Hospitaleche's colleague Marcos Cenizo, the director of the Natural Sciences Museum of La Pampa, said the bird was the largest pelagornithid specimen ever found.
"The shape of their wings allowed them to glide and cross large distances across the oceans," he said.
Antarctica specialists say there were two kinds of pelagornithid on the continent, one that reached up to five metres tall, with a similar wingspan, and another that stood more than seven metres."

Gullzilla some are calling it.

Here, YOU hold this...

and I'll go get a camera...


  1. I've never seen one of those in the neighborhood. Fortunately. I did see an eagle fly over very close a few weeks ago when I was mowing. They are on the increase lately. Fortunately redux.

    1. In a lot of cultures an eagle flying overhead tends to be a sign of something good.

  2. That's good to know. I'll be on the lookout for that as well.

  3. Twice the wingspan of an Albatross. The 'goony birds' pester Pacific
    Island golf courses, trying to hatch golfballs while the game is supposed to be in progress. The players chase them off with their
    clubs, but with those prehistoric soarers that seems like a poor option.

    1. "trying to hatch golfballs"...

      Then more effort gets wasted on a golf course than I ever knew.