Monday, 1 September 2014

The tree kingfishers or wood kingfishers

The tree kingfishers or wood kingfishers, family Halcyonidae, are the most various of the three groups of feathered creatures in the kingfisher bunch, with somewhere around 56 and 61 species in around 12 genera, including a few types of kookaburras. The family seems to have emerged in Indochina and the Maritime Southeast Asia and after that spread to numerous ranges far and wide. Tree kingfishers are across the board through Asia and Australasia, additionally show up in Africa and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, using a scope of environments from tropical rainforest to open forests.

The tree kingfishers are short-tailed extensive headed smaller feathered creatures with since quite a while ago pointed bills. Like different Coraciiformes, they are splendidly hued. Most are monogamous and regional, settling in gaps in trees or termite homes. Both folks hatch the eggs and food the chicks. Albeit some tree kingfishers successive wetlands, none are master fish-eaters. Most species swoop onto prey from a roost, essentially taking moderate moving spineless creatures or little vertebrates.

There are somewhere around 56 and 61 species in around 12 genera. The species in this family are well known: the unclearness of the include reflects contentions the scientific classification of this family more than any terrible absence of information on the flying creatures themselves; the present game plan of genera appears to be underpinned by sub-atomic investigates, in spite of the fact that the relationship of numerous genera to each other is still uncertain.

Most tree kingfishers are found in the warm atmospheres of Africa, southern and southeast Asia, and Australasia. No parts of this family are found in the Americas. The cause of the family is thought to have been in tropical Australasia, which still has the most species.

Tree kingfishers use a scope of territories from tropical rainforest to open forests and thornbush nation. A lot of people are not nearly fixed to water, and could be found in parched ranges of Australia and Africa.

Albeit some tree kingfishers, for example, the dark topped kingfisher, continuous wetlands, none are pro fishers. Most species are watch-and-hold up seekers which swoop onto prey from a roost, mostly taking moderate moving spineless creatures or little vertebrates. The scoop charged kookaburra burrows through leaf litter for worms and other prey, and the Vanuatu kingfisher sustains only on creepy crawlies and insects. A few other western Pacific species are likewise for the most part insectivorous and will flycatch for prey. Similarly as with the other kingfisher families, insectivorous species have a tendency to have smoothed red bills to support in the catch of bugs.

Kookaburras are flesh eating. Kookaburras are known to consume the youthful of different flying creatures, mice, snakes, bugs and little reptiles.they have likewise been known to take goldfish from arrangement lakes. In zoos they are normally sustained sustenance for fledglings of prey.

The most social fledglings will acknowledge freebees from people and will take meat from grills. It is by and large not encouraged to sustain kookaburras meat normally as it does exclude calcium and different supplements vital to the fowl. Remnants of mince on the flying creature's nose can rot and reason issues.

The tree kingfishers have been awhile ago given the familial name Dacelonidae however Halcyonidae has necessity.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Girl with a Hatbox

The Girl with a Hatbox is a Soviet silent film of Boris Barnet starring Anna Sten, Vladimir Mikhailov and Vladimir Fogel.

Natasha and her grandfather live in a cottage near Moscow, making hats for Madame Irène. Madame and her husband have told the housing committee that Natasha rents a room from them; this fiddle gives Madame's lazy husband a room for lounging. The local railroad clerk, Fogelev, loves Natasha but she takes a shine to Ilya, a clumsy student who sleeps in the train station. To help Ilya, Natasha marries him and takes him to Madame's to live in the room the house committee thinks is hers. Meanwhile, Madame's husband pays Natasha with a lottery ticket he thinks is a loser, and when it comes up big, just as Ilya and Natasha are falling in love, everything gets complicated.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hatbox Ghost

The Hatbox Ghost is a character that appeared originally in The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland but was removed shortly after the attraction's debut. Located formerly in the ride's attic scene, the figure is described as "an elderly ghost in a cloak and top hat, leaning on a cane with a wavering hand and clutching a hatbox in the other."

The idea behind The Hatbox Ghost was for his head to vanish from atop his shoulders and reappear alternately inside his hatbox, in time with an adjacent bride figure's beating heart. According to Imagineer Chris Merritt in an interview with, the effect was never completely successful due to the illusion's close proximity to the ride vehicles:

"The gag was based purely on lighting. The ghost's head was illuminated by black lighting. A light inside the hatbox he held would rhythmically illuminate and hide the head in the hatbox, while, in tandem, the actual head on the ghost's shoulders would be hidden by extinguishing the black lighting."

The Hatbox Ghost was installed inside The Haunted Mansion and in place for cast member (park employee) previews on the nights of August 7 and 8, 1969. Almost immediately, it became apparent that the effect had failed, as ambient light in the attraction's attic scene prevented the specter's face from disappearing fully, despite the turning off of its designated spotlight. Attempts were made to remedy technical problems, but the effect wasn't convincing enough, and the ghost was soon decommissioned. A photo of the figure in situ is featured on the website. And on the DVD, "Disneyland Resort: Imagineering the Magic," Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering Tony Baxter displays an attraction maintenance slip that lists the original Hatbox Ghost.

Rumors suggested that the figure was eliminated due to its frightening appearance.

While it is unknown what became of The Hatbox Ghost, there are speculations as to his fate. One report claims that its parts were recycled into one of the Eagle Sam audio-animatronics used in the America Sings attraction which opened at Disneyland in 1974. But this seems unlikely, in view of the simplicity of the design and construction of The Hatbox Ghost. A second Hatbox Ghost was produced for but never installed in Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion. The whereabouts of this figure remain a mystery as well. However, the head on the pop-up ghoul that is seen as guests depart the Disneyland Haunted Mansion's interior cemetery scene is identical to that of the original Hatbox Ghost.

Because The Hatbox Ghost featured prominently in artwork and narration for popular Haunted Mansion record albums sold for many years at Disney parks, and because Disney continues to market the ghost's image, he has never been forgotten and has become somewhat of a legend, complete with cult following. Many fans of the ride wish to see him returned and have gone so far as to circulate petitions calling for the figure's restoration.

In 2009, The Hatbox Ghost appeared repeatedly in art and souvenirs created for the 40th Anniversary of The Haunted Mansion, in response to fan interest in the character. Artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily crafted their version of a life-size replica of The Hatbox Ghost that was auctioned for $9,400 at the first D23 Expo, held in September of the same year. In addition, The Hatbox Ghost was the official "spooksperson" for Disneyland Resort's 2009 O-pin House pin trading event and Haunted Holidays celebration.
In July 2010, director Guillermo del Toro, participating in a panel discussion at Comic-Con, announced his involvement as co-writer and producer in a new film based on The Haunted Mansion attraction. He stated that, in his version of the ride's story, The Hatbox Ghost will be a pivotal character.

On September 24, 2010, live from D23 (Disney)'s "Destination D: Disneyland '55" event in Anaheim, California, MiceChat Correspondent Dustysage reported that the Hatbox Ghost will be returning to The Haunted Mansion attraction. The news was obtained from a conversation between Imagineers.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Into the Hatbox

Into the Hatbox
I'm one of those people who counts Sunday as the last day of the week. I KNOW, I KNOW! Blasphemy. But it's my time of recapping what went on before diving back into work, so I'm always in need of some inspiration.

Here are some scans of things put into the Hatbox this week :]

one reminder
one receipt (barnes and noble, obviously)
one letter from two friends
one fortune
one movie ticket
one drawing
What about you? Do you have any drawings, poems, pictures, sayings, or moments that stood out to you this week?