May 112014
 

Penguin here.

Happy Mother’s day to all you excellent moms out there on behalf of everyone here at ACAD. Blue Bear and I both think that we have the greatest moms ever. They are both amazing people who always look out for us, just like the mommy duck below who is taking care of her (rather large) flock of ducklings.

We hope that you get the chance to celebrate Mother’s day with the people you love. If possible, don’t forget to give mom a big hug for her special day. Every day should be mother’s day, in our opinion!

Duck Mother with her flock of ducklings

That’s quite a flock! What a devoted mom!

Image c/o Matt Cardy/Getty Images and found here: Chicago Tribune

Apr 272014
 

Penguin here.

Blue Bear and I love to go out and watch birds as they come and go. When we vacation from place to place, we’re always sure to keep an eye on the different kinds of birds we see.

Although we have never laid eyes on one previously, the bird below is a ruby-crowned kinglet. Ruby-crowned kinglets are found in North America. Although you might think you can spot one easily thanks to its red crown, it actually turns out that they mostly keep it hidden. You can read all about them here at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds, one of our favourite sites.

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Found here: Photo by Monte Stinnett

Jan 212014
 

Penguin here.

Last week we had a warm spell, and it was so nice to go out for walks and enjoy the warmth. This week, we’re back to frigid winter weather (which is the winter norm where we live), and so I thought that it would be very appropriate to post an animal that is also used to cold temperatures: a gentoo penguin chick. By the way, did you know that this penguin was a day old in the picture? You could read more about the chick here at ZooBorns.

Adorable Baby Gentoo Penguin Chick

Adorable Baby Gentoo Penguin Chick

Photo taken by Debbie Grant at Edinburgh Zoo and found here: ZooBorns

Jan 162014
 

Blue Bear and I are major bird fans. We often do some birdwatching and whenever we go on a trip somewhere, we make an effort to spot the different birds.

In my backyard, there are 3 cardinals who like to hang around. Last week, there was a major polar frost, and I was concerned for the safety of the cardinals. (Happily, they are back this week, so no need to worry about them). Blue Bear shared this fantastic post with me, care of The Cornell Lab or Ornithology’s All About Birds Blog: How Birds Survive the Cold. You should definitely read it, because you will learn some surprising information.

If a link isn’t enough to lure you in, here’s one of the pictures from the article:

Fluffed Up Black-capped Chickadee

Fluffed Up Black-capped Chickadee

Found here: he Cornell Lab or Ornithology’s All About Birds Blog

Aug 122013
 

Penguin here.

Yesterday was my mother’s birthday, so in her honour, I will be posting a picture of a king penguin mother and her fuzzy chick.

My mother has always been there to watch over me and help me out, just like this penguin who is affectionately embracing her little one.

By the way, Blue Bear and I took many great animal pictures on our trip, so stay tuned, because we will be posting some soon!

King Penguin Mother with Chick

King Penguin Mother with Chick

Found here: National Geographic

Jul 112013
 

Penguin here.

The other day, as I walked into my kitchen, I looked outside and noticed a fuzzy bird on the wire. I couldn’t see the details up close, but I noticed that this bird was unlike any I had seen before. I ran to grab a camera, went outside, and luckily was able to snap a few shots of this beauty. With the details visible thanks to our digital camera, I was able to find out that the bird in question was actual a cedar waxwing. Isn’t the bird beautiful?

Cedar Waxwing Front View

Cedar Waxwing Front View

cedar-waxwing-back-view

Cedar Waxwing Back View