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[–] [email protected] 0 points 6 hours ago

I've finally gotten around to watching Frieren. Overall, really enjoying it, though it isn't exactly what I expected from the first episode.

I went in blind as the comments I saw were so positive. The first episode seemed very serious, and I expected more of a Violet Evergarden story. I'm now on Ep 23, and I'd describe it as a mix of Violet Evergarden and Helck, which I'm feeling good about, as I liked both of those, but VE was too sad and Helck was too silly, so Frieren has been hitting the sweet spot.

Also been watching Suicide Squad Isekai. Not exactly a fan, but I thought the movies were fine, so I'm giving this a shot. I feel it's about the same quality.

Slowly catching up on Reincarnated as a Slime as well. I'm caught up on the manga, so not really I'm a hurry on this one. I'm a but less interested in it than I initially was, but the characters are still all likeable, so I stick with it.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 6 hours ago

I have a multi-community set up with a few of the anime communities since they were a little sparse until recently. I don't comment too much there, as there I'm mostly a couple seasons behind and don't want spoilers, I mainly go to see series announcements.

I have a pretty wide range of shows I watch. I'm watching Frieren right now. Recently finished up with Ancient Magus Bride. Steins' Gate might be my favorite more serious series, and Gintama is probably my favorite comedy. I haven't watched much romance, but I really loved Fruits Basket and I recently read Insomniacs After School. Summertime Render was a good supernatural thriller. Golden Kamuy was a great historical fiction. Spy x Family has been very enjoyable, and I'm really enjoying the current arc in the manga about the lost love story between the school teachers at the beginning days of the war. I like the cute girls doing cute stuff stories like Yuru Camp, Super Cub, and Dairy of Our Days at the Breakwater.

I'll have to check out some of your recommendations, even if only to get a better idea of otome. Romancing men is not of particular interest, but you've got me intrigued on these storylines now. I do like the social interaction and relationship building parts of Persona more than most of the dungeon crawling, so it may be interesting to me to watch one of the series you mentioned.

This is the stuff I come here for. There's a lot of crap to wade through, even as small as Lemmy still is, but I like how someone like you has the space here to grab my intention and spread your enthusiasm for something I thought was definitely not for me. I know people have said similar to me too when I share things. I never intended to be a regular poster here, but it's much more early internet community here where we can get to know each other better than on something huge like Reddit.

I am tempted by kbin and mastodon, as I'd like to be able to follow people too. I'd definitely follow you and a few of my regular commenters. The Fediverse has its own issues, but I think it's the best thing we've got right now.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 8 hours ago (2 children)

I do comment on the politics threads a bit, but I try to limit it to providing sources of facts with a taste of opinion mixed in. I feel like I agree with even less of the Lemmy politics than with Reddit, so I'll skim way more posts than I'll interact with. Also, even with the owl stuff, there's political crossover, where I get a bit angrier about loopholes in laws that destroy ecosystems and inaction to saving endangered animals.

I'm a huge profile stalker! 😁 If it's someone being potentially trolly, I'll see if I want to respond to what they're saying if they may just be uninformed. If it's someone I like, I get curious what other things they're interested in. I search for mentions of my sub and see who's talking about it. I check on people that stopped commenting regularly just to see if they're still on here. There's just too much data to not poke through it.

I ended up getting in a weird nerdy discussion about slasher movie lore yesterday that ended up being a lot of fun. I like browsing All for things like that.

OMG I just read the plotline from Hatoful Boyfriend. That is crazy, especially the BBL part! From the description of the gameplay, it reminds me of the Persona series, just without the dungeon battles.

My only knowledge of otome is seeing it referenced in anime. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! is the only one I've watched and read the manga, and I've seen the male dating sims referenced in other ones. I never knew the plotlines really went that deep though.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 9 hours ago (4 children)

Your document had a lot of great stuff in it I didn't know!

If no mortality occurred, one pair of rabbits and their offspring could give rise to 5 million rabbits over a 5-year period.

That's a lot of buns!

They will also, if necessary, eat moth pupae and carrion.

Moth pupae seems oddly specific. I wonder what are the circumstances for them eating bugs or carrion.

Rabbits deposit about 250 to 500 green or brown fecal pellets per day

I had a rabbit once, and it did make a lot of those things. I never thought anyone would have to sit there and chart them, but I suppose that's important to know for someone. The lab intern must have gotten that responsibility...

I don't know much about otome games beyond the basics of what they are. All the kbin links just took me to error pages, but they do look to have crossed over to Beehaw. Reading some of these plot points with no context can be very interesting though! 😆

I'll have to check out those other communities you've mentioned. I do end up with other things to talk about and don't always know where to take those conversations.

I debate if I should post other, non-owl stuff under a different name, as I somewhat feel I don't want to risk compromising the group if people don't like other things I talk about, but that gets to be too much like this being a job, and I don't think I'd like that. That's also why I don't just mod my own sub. I didn't come here to work, I came here to nerd out.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 13 hours ago (6 children)

I really got started here by posting the few owl pics from my travels that I had, but that wasn't too many. I didn't want to let the community die down again though.

A lot of my interactions with owl have been by visiting wildlife rehabbers, as owls are typically very illegal to own or display without proper licensing. I wanted everyone else to have a chance to see an owl, so each day I looked at the licensing information for each state and found a rehabber to highlight, one open to the public at least a few days a year if possible, and featured one of their rescues that people could go see. I had a few people that had visited some of these places chime in, and a few learned there was a place near them where they could actually see an owl, and one person even signed up to work as a volunteer at one of the places I showed them.

That all got me a lot of sources to pull new info from. They all share great photos, rescue stories, medical and rehab procedures, near behavioral stories, and so on. Whenever I learned something, I just shared it with the group. It made me curious about new things, so I went and read up on them. People asked questions in the comments, and I needed to learn answers to not leave them hanging. That got me curious about even more technical things, so I got into the scientific research papers.

I've heard before that if you want to become an expert in something, just go around acting like you're the expert. People will come to you with things and you're going to want to answer them so you don't look like some dope. But then after you answer them, that knowledge is yours forever. After more and more rounds of this, it starts to be more than an act.

It helps that I love reading and research and that I value teaching. Knowledge is one of the most important things anyone can be given, so I've worked hard to learn how to explain things and to not make other people feel dumb for not knowing things. As I make myself smarter, that opens the door for me to pass new knowledge down as I become able to explain it to my audience. The primary audience for my stuff is me. No one pays me to do this, so I'm not burning myself out learning whatever. I learn what I want to learn, and as it amazes me, I share with you all, so I could do this forever.

It's fun for me, and I want it to be fun for you all. I try to make it so you can just look at pictures and be happy, or you can go to these places in person, you can sponsor your local rescue, or you can learn so many facts you want to be a volunteer or researcher or rehabber yourself. We all start somewhere. A few years ago, I never paid owls much mind. Now I know all kinds of anatomy and body functions and find them to be absolutely fascinating and diverse animals. We all just need that spark of curiosity.

Here is a free research paper PDF I found you may like.

It focuses on pet rabbits specifically. I wanted this one I saw on how interacting with owners affects rabbit welfare, but I couldn't find a free copy. This one though has handling instructions, dietary guidance, medical examinations, anatomy, medical conditions, and housing requirements. There are technical terms, but the simplest way to approach it is to read a paragraph or section, google the terms you dont know, and then make a post explaining what you read while pretending you're teaching it to some junior high kids. If you can do that, you have a good post that should teach people something new and interesting, because you found it new and interesting, and it's something they probably don't know because you didn't know it, and you've spent more time on rabbits than most people will have spent on them. By aiming at a junior high-ish level, you're speaking them them pretty much as you would to an adult, but being mindful to not use all these big words you just learned without explaining them. If you write stuff they don't understand, they won't read it. But if you share your delight at learning new things, they will catch that excitement too. Not always, but enough.

The end of research papers always site sources as well. This one has over 40 references, and you can google them and some you will find free to read. Keep following the references and you'll never run out of content.

That's my process that works for me. If you like it, steal the whole thing or any parts you think would be helpful. Everyone should always be learning, no matter what subject, and I like encouraging that.

This is too long so I'm stopping now. 😅

I'm always around, or check in on [email protected] where other creators hang out and discuss growing Lemmy and our communities for advice.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 15 hours ago (8 children)

It's fun to get a deeper dive into things more than just basic facts.

The lead scientist that discovered owls can hunt using only their ears later went on to do more groundbreaking research on whale communication. It was interesting to learn about the test enclosures and the methods used to see how much vision vs hearing played into hunting. There were also some great stories about how training owls is as much fun as training cats.

I've also read some papers on how other birds of prey hunt. They analyzed different vectors of attack and studied where the birds focus their eyes when they are attacking.

Just lots of insights on anatomy and behavior in general like how they time extending their talons and the orientations of the toes to maximize catching prey.

Even egg laying and hatching or growing feathers are all complex and amazing processes, and it's a miracle all these things evolved to work the way they do.

The amount I've learned about owls this past year is crazy, and I still come upon new things all the time.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 18 hours ago (1 children)

I do enjoy the great variety of animals one sees scrolling All these days. Not just cats and (surprisingly few) dogs, but birds, opossums, raccoons, and bats. Sometimes I get some cute pics of other beasties when I'm going through my animal rescue feeds and I like there's good places to share those as well.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 18 hours ago* (last edited 18 hours ago)

Legally they do take people's guns, and they only hate when people try to take away their guns.

The NRA Supported Gun Control When the Black Panthers Had the Weapons

Throughout the late 1960s, the militant Black nationalist group used their understanding of the finer details of California’s gun laws to underscore their political statements about the subjugation of African-Americans. In 1967, 30 members of the Black Panthers protested on the steps of the California statehouse armed with .357 Magnums, 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols and announced, “The time has come for Black people to arm themselves.”

The display so frightened politicians—including California governor Ronald Reagan—that it helped to pass the Mulford Act, a state bill prohibiting the open carry of loaded firearms, along with an addendum prohibiting loaded firearms in the state Capitol. The 1967 bill took California down the path to having some of the strictest gun laws in America and helped jumpstart a surge of national gun control restrictions.

“The law was part of a wave of laws that were passed in the late 1960s regulating guns, especially to target African-Americans,” says Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms. “Including the Gun Control Act of 1968, which adopted new laws prohibiting certain people from owning guns, providing for beefed up licensing and inspections of gun dealers and restricting the importation of cheap Saturday night specials [pocket pistols] that were popular in some urban communities.”

The Black Panthers were “innovators” in the way they viewed the Second Amendment at the time, says Winkler. Rather than focus on the idea of self-defense in the home, the Black Panthers brazenly took their weapons to the streets, where they felt the public—particularly African-Americans—needed protection from a corrupt government.

“These ideas eventually infiltrated into the NRA to shape the modern gun debate,” explains Winker. As gun control laws swept the nation, the organization adopted a similar stance to that of the activist group they once fought to regulate, with support for open-carry laws and concealed weapon laws high on their agenda.

Ironically, it was the gun control laws that were put into effect against African-Americans and the Black Panthers that led “rural white conservatives” across the country to fear any restriction of their own guns, Winkler says. In less than a decade, the NRA would go from backing gun control regulations to inhibit groups they felt threatened by to refusing to support any gun control legislation at all.

Nice article, and worth it to read the whole thing. Double standards aren't a new part of the game plan.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 18 hours ago (13 children)

I do kinda wish [email protected] had gone with something else, as I'm not much into the Reddit copycat stuff, and it confuses people longer than it entertains them, but it was established before I got here.

I like to think it's a bit different than the Reddit version as well. Much less memes and reposted stuff without context. I like to do longer form articles when I get the chance and people show interest. I've done some articles about owl anatomy and some ELI5 on some scientific journal articles. The Owl of the Year tournament ran for like 2-3 weeks in December and everyone had a blast with that, and I plan to do it again.

If there's anything specific you want to see or learn about, just let me know.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 20 hours ago

All the cool owl kids are doing it, mom!

[–] [email protected] 0 points 20 hours ago

Yes, good call!

[–] [email protected] 0 points 20 hours ago

That is good! He grabbed the wrong meat! 😆

Good demonstration of the grip strength of an owl also. It has him in one foot and is putting up a heck of a fight to not let go.


From the Owl Research Institute

The summer of banding continues! Long-eared owl chicks are banded either just before they leave the nest or just after, when they can still be found on branches near the nest area. Parents are still feeding the chicks at this age and will continue to do so until the fledglings are able to consistently hunt for themselves. The bands on each young owl will identify them and which nest they came from, so that if they are ever found again we will know how far they have dispersed! We hope to find some of these owls again over the winter.

All banding, marking and sampling is being conducted under a federally authorized Bird Banding Permit issued by the US Geological Survey's BBL.


From Bat Rehabilitation Ireland Facebook

Video at the link

The youngest of the barn owls we currently have in care.

This little one was very weak on arrival from Kilkenny. He was underweight and suffering from subcutaneous emphysema. This is when air is trapped under the skin and was most likely the result of trauma caused by one of his siblings in the nest as small puncture wounds were visible.

The air was removed and he is receiving a course of antibiotics. The poor thing is not out of the woods yet but is still strong enough to give a nasty injury with his talons so the blanket is to keep him from doing just that.

Thank you so much to the finder for contacting The Barn Owl Project and to Saoirse Deely and Josh for collecting him and getting him to us.


Photo by Harold Wilion

You Just Keep Me Hanging On

After already falling to the ground once and making his way back up into a tree, this little barred owl executes a slip and fall, and as he was fluttering to the ground, was able to catch himself on a thin branch. At first, since he knew he was being photographed, I thought it was just a ploy to initiate a lawsuit against the tree and would hire that attorney that's always advertising on TV. He struggled a bit and was not able to right himself, but he let go and fluttered to a lower branch where he caught himself. That's how they learn, and by the next day was capable of making short flights with fewer mistakes. It's so much fun to watch all young animals develop and one of my favorite aspects of photography, because I know without a camera, I doubt I would be spending the hours I do watching nature's wonders like this.


Featured: Bowie Labyrinth Owl

Came upon some egregious AI owls this week. Most of you enjoyed these previously.

They annoy me because they get mixed in with some potentially good content, but it shows me the feeds don't check what content they put their name on.

The worst is when they title it "Amazing photograph!" or something that attempts to legitimize it.

Which is the best of the worst this week?


I've sat on this news for a while, but anyone who watched them get born and grow up deserves to see the end of their story.

One of the baby owls has been found to have died from poisoning. As with Flaco, the likely cause is eating poisoned rodents. This is an all too common end for birds of prey, as the poisoned rodents are easy to catch.

Part of my hoped id never hear about the owl babies again after they left the nest, mainly because I knew this would be the type of news it would be. Half of birds don't live to their first birthday. I hope that means the sibling will be safe then.

Whichever baby HH is gone, it was still a joy watching you fledge, and to the other HH, I wish you the best of luck.

Post and Courier 06 JUL 2024

Aside from fleeting glimpses, most of the goings-on in the lives of wild creatures take place out of view of human eyes.

That’s what made the December appearance of a pair of great horned owls in a particular nest on Hilton Head special. That nest happened to have a Raptor CAM trained on it, continuously streaming all of the nest’s activity to anyone with an internet connection. Put in place by the Hilton Head Island Land Trust, the live feed held people from all around the world in rapt attention.

Against the odds, the pair delivered two eggs in the first days of the new year. The parents meticulously cared for the eggs during the roughly month-long incubation period, and two owlets hatched in early February. Both appeared healthy, much to the relief of the legion of online viewers. Two months later, the owlets leapt off a branch and flew for the first time. All were hopeful as the owlets survived each milestone in their young and hazard-filled lives.

Sometime around mid May one of those hazards caught up. It’s believed that one of the young pair is now dead.

Robin Storey, board member with the land trust, said the carcass of a juvenile female great horned owl was discovered in the vicinity of the nest where the pair, identified as HH5 and HH6, hatched. The hatchlings were not banded, so there’s no way to be sure the dead owl is from that nest. But there are several clues that lead to the conclusion, Storey said.

Great horned owls are non-migratory, and while the owl families abandon their nest after the young owls are able to fly, they do stay in the area. The age of the dead bird was another indicator, as were audio and visual clues.

“Everyday I listen to the owls on our Raptor CAM,” Storey said. “I can tell we’re down to only one by listening to the calls. We’re only hearing one owl call. People on the ground say they’re only seeing three (owls). There’s good support that it’s probably one of our owls.”

The owl carcass was taken to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, where the staff suspected the bird died as the result of ingesting poison. They sent samples to Texas A&M for a more detailed analysis.

“They wanted Texas A&M to get down to the exact chemicals found in the bird,” Storey said, adding that the testing took several months to complete.

The analysis revealed the presence of three different rodenticides, which likely caused the bird’s death. It is suspected the owl consumed rodents that had ingested the poison.

“This is a slow, painful death. It takes days,” Storey said.

Jim Elliott, executive director with the Center for Birds of Prey and Avian Conservation Center, estimated that 50 to 60 great horned are impacted by the rodenticides every year in the center’s service area, which includes South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina.

Owls are not the only species susceptible to rodenticides. The population of bobcats on Kiawah Island, for example, has been threatened in recent years by the newest iteration of rat poison called second-generation anticoagulants, which are more lethal and faster acting than earlier iterations. Storey said that extremely high levels of both first- and second-generation anticoagulants were discovered in the dead owl from Hilton Head.

It’s unknown what fate awaits the sibling owl, or the parents.

“It’s a high risk. They could succumb to the same outcome,” Storey said.


Photo by Harold Wilion [Facebook]

Owls can do the strangest things to entertain themselves. This one here was working on trying to break a piece of wood off the branch, for quite a while. I can't believe how determined he was once he set his mind to the task and put everything he had into it, including some wing action. I think he finally had to give up as he just didn't have enough strength.


Story and photos from Patch 11 JUL 2024

EASTVALE, CA — Riverside County firefighters who rescued an owl from a burning barn in April got to set the young owl free this week after weeks of rehabilitation.

The barn owl, dubbed Archimedes after the ancient Greek mathematician, was released into the same area in Eastvale where firefighters first found him, according to Cal Fire.

"He's all better now, and our firefighters were able to re-release him yesterday evening in the same area he was rescued in! We love a happy ending," the fire department posted on X Thursday.

Firefighters rescued Archimedes from a burning barn in Eastvale in the 8500 block of Hellman Avenue on the morning of April 23. The 5,000-square-foot barn was vacant, save for the owl firefighters discovered inside.

Firefighters wrapped a blanket around the owl to rescue it as they awaited Riverside County Animal Services' arrival.

nimal Services field workers evaluated the owl and took custody of the creature.

"The owl is a hatchling," according to Animal Services spokesperson Arianne Murphy.

The mother was not found, and the young barn owl was evaluated and deemed not injured, so field workers transferred the raptor to a partner wildlife rehabilitation center.

"They will care for the young owl until it is old enough to be released back into the wild," Murphy said in April.

This is not the first barn owl to be rescued by firefighters in Southern California.

In October 2020, the Orange County Fire Authority rescued a badly burned owl during the Silverado Fire. Nicknamed Smokey, that owl has been in recovery for four years after its wings were severely burned.

After spending a year at the Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital, Smokey was transferred to the Orange County Bird of Prey Center for further rehabilitation until his new flight feathers and wings could accommodate flight.

According to OC Bird of Prey Center Executive Director Dr. Peggy Chase, "This is why we do what we do. Smokey the owl would have undoubtedly died and suffered greatly had they not rescued him that day."


LEO balancing perfectly on the tip of a branch with its amazing grip strength. Talons grip when the legs are relaxed, so it's effortless for the owl.

Photo by Neil Brailsford

Hiding in trees or bushes with camo clothing certainly pays off sometimes, especially when this long eared owl decides it wants to fly in and land on a low stick very close to me. He was none the wiser I was watching and getting these shots, silent camera with only an increased heart rate noise that could give me away, luckily it didn't !


Photos by Heather Farrell

Young GHO in an old cemetery.


Photos by Andrew Hunt

The best thing about photographing the Buffy Fish Owl is that even though they may enjoy perching for a few hours, they do give you a myriad of expressions - Hampstead Wetlands Park, Singapore


Photo by Patty Dexter

Saw Whet stretching its wings.

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