Ten days of pigeons

Baby pigeons - ten days

Have you ever wondered where all the baby pigeons are? You’re not alone – a quick Google search for this yields approximately 3,090,000 results.

My boss recently found an anonymous fledgling, and after an extended adventure, dropped the poor chick off at a wildlife rescue centre. It turned out it was a (very exotic) baby pigeon, approximately aged 6-7 days old. They promised to rehabilitate it as much as possible… but it might have been too early.

The above is an amazing illustration of just how fast these little dudes grow – from egg to woah in just ten days! Plus, they’re complete homebodies, staying in their nests until they reach maturity. No wonder we never see them – they’ve barely taken their first breath before they’re feathered and ready to go.  Human infants could learn something from them…

[Via Pinterest]

Daily photo: the fox of Hoxton


An early riser spotted in Hoxton this afternoon, just before sunset. A brave little fellow (or fellow-ess?), the fox didn’t blink at any of the passersby. Likewise, they didn’t see him either, wrapped up in their own little worlds of late-for-work, what-should-I-buy, head-phones-on. It’s good to breathe deeply, take things slowly and see some nature in the city.

Ant Architecture

This clip of an ant megalopolis blows my mind. An ant colony was pumped full of concrete* for three days, left to set, then excavated. It turns out ants are prolific and thoughtful architects, creating a system of highways and connected hubs – there’s even areas for waste disposal. Visually, it reminds me a little of the city structure in Mission Impossible, because of the way everything is connected. What do you think?

Ant Colony Structure - still

* The colony had been abandoned for a while before pouring began, so please don’t worry about the possibility of cruel concrete encapsulated ant deaths.

See previously: an ant colony living in a scanner.