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Old Jul 23, 2010, 7:57 AM   #11
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Wow, these are great to see. I have never seen these birds and I appreciate you sharing them with us. Also, the backstory is interesting, Penolta.
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Nicely photographed.

You know of course that these birds occupy a special place in the history of Ornithology. Frederick the Great (Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and author of the first "textbook" of Ornithology, de arte venandi cum Avibus) found the Arctic breeding grounds of the Barnacle Goose, thereby disproving the myth that they came into being hanging by their beaks from trees (barnacles found on driftwood were thought to be remnants of their attachment, which is how they got their name); at the same time he disproved Aristotle's Theory of Transformation of Species by showing that birds were migratory (Aristotle had a limited view of the world in his time and had observed the change in birds with the seasons and thought that they changed form).

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No, I didn't know any of this. The discovery of birds' migration is pretty new. Carl von Linné, the naturalist, taxonomist number one, perhaps one should say (?) had the notion that swallows hibernate under the ices at the bottom of lakes

Like Aristotle, dealing with the empirical world, he had some (many) misconceptions

Wonder were we go wrong today

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Wow, these are great to see. I have never seen these birds and I appreciate you sharing them with us. Also, the backstory is interesting, Penolta.

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