My Posts A to Z Challenge April 2017

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My Posts A to Z Challenge April 2017

Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

The candle hasn’t burnt out yet for writing Pantoum Poetry, maybe I should publish a book with all my poetry written in this style.

A is for Ants

B is for Budgerigar

C is for Chipmunks

D is for Deer

E is for Eagle

F is for Fox

G is for Giraffe

H is for Hare

I is for Insects

J is for Jackal

K is for Kakapo

L is for Lynx

M is for Markhor

N is for Nightingale

O is for Otter

P is for Pheasant

Q is for Quail

R is for Rattlesnake

S is for Scorpion

T is for Tuatara

U is for Uguisu – Japanese Bush-Warbler

V is for Vulture

W is for Weasel

X is for X-ray Tetra – a fish

Y is for Yak

Z is for Zebra

I’m taking a break now to rest for a while. I will still be posting the Weekly Tanka Challenge on Wednesday morning.

Winter is just around the corner, and it certainly feels like it today, Mount Taranaki has its first snow on it, looks beautiful

Thanks to all my supporters, comments, likes and love shown I appreciate it.

Take care and keep smiling with lots of laughter.

Z is for Zebra #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

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30 April 2017 – Z is for Zebra

Zebras are a species of African equids united by distinctive black and white stripes.
Unlike their closest relatives, horses, zebras have never been domesticated
Grevy’s Zebra and the Mountain Zebra are considered to be endangered species
They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds

Unlike their closest relatives, horses, zebras have never been domesticated
Zebras have excellent eyesight. It is believed that they can see in color
They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds
Like most ungulates, zebra’s eyes are on the sides of its head, giving a wide field of view

Zebras have excellent eyesight. It is believed that they can see in color
Zebras also have night vision, although not as advanced as that of most of their predators Like most ungulates, zebra’s eyes are on the sides of its head, giving a wide field of view
Zebras have excellent hearing and have larger, rounder ears than horses

Zebras also have night vision, although not as advanced as that of most of their predators
Like other ungulates, zebras can turn their ears in almost any direction
Zebras have excellent hearing and have larger, rounder ears than horses
In addition to superb eyesight and hearing, zebras have acute senses of smell and taste.

Like other ungulates, zebras can turn their ears in almost any direction
Like horses, zebras sleep standing up, only when others are around to warn off predators
In addition to superb eyesight and hearing, zebras have acute senses of smell and taste
Zebras feed almost entirely on grasses but occasionally eat shrubs, twigs, leaves and bark.

Like horses, zebras sleep standing up, only when others are around to warn off predators
Female zebras mature earlier than males, a mare may have her first foal by the age of three
Zebras feed almost entirely on grasses but occasionally eat shrubs, twigs, leaves and bark
Males (Stallion) are not able to breed until the age of five or six years old

Female zebras mature earlier than males, a mare may have her first foal by the age of three
Mares may give birth to one foal every twelve months. She nurses the foal for up to a year
Males (Stallion) are not able to breed until the age of five or six years old
Like horses, zebras are able to stand, walk and suckle shortly after they are born.

Mares may give birth to one foal every twelve months. She nurses the foal for up to a year
Grevy’s Zebra and the Mountain Zebra are considered to be endangered species
Like horses, zebras are able to stand, walk and suckle shortly after they are born
Zebras are a species of African equids united by distinctive black and white stripes.

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Interesting theory about the Zebra StripesThe black and white stripes may have one or several functions.

1.The vertical striping may help the zebra hide in the grass by disrupting its outline.

2. The stripes may help to confuse predators by motion dazzle—a group of zebras standing or moving close together may appear as one large mass of flickering stripes, making it more difficult for the lion to pick out a target.

3. The stripes may serve as visual cues and identification. Although the striping pattern is unique to each individual.

4. Experiments by different researchers indicate that the stripes are effective in attracting fewer flies, including blood-sucking tsetse flies and tabanid horseflies

5. Stripes may be used to cool the zebra. Air may move more quickly over black light-absorbing stripes while moving more slowly over white stripes.

Zebras have four gaits: walk, trot, canter, and gallop.

How to write Pantoum Poetry

http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html

Y is for Yak #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo Credit A yak in the Nepalese Himalayas.

29 April 2017 – Y is for Yak

The domestic yak is a long-haired domesticated bovid descended from the wild yak
The yak is a herd animal found in the mountainous region of Central Asia
They tend to gather in herds from ten to a hundred yaks, most are females
There is a large domestic population of yaks, only a few wild yaks remaining.

The yak is a herd animal found in the mountainous region of Central Asia
Yaks are still used for transporting large loads through the mountain passes
There is a large domestic population of yaks, only a few wild yaks remaining.
Yaks are heavily built animals with a bulky frame, sturdy legs, and rounded cloven hooves

Yaks are still used for transporting large loads through the mountain passes
Extremely dense, long fur that hangs down lower than the belly to keep them warm
Yaks are heavily built animals with a bulky frame, sturdy legs, and rounded cloven hooves
They have small ears and a wide forehead, with smooth horns generally dark in color.

Extremely dense, long fur that hangs down lower than the belly to keep them warm
The tail is long and horselike rather than tufted like the tails of cattle or bison.
They have small ears and a wide forehead, with smooth horns generally dark in color.
The udder in females, scrotum in males, are small and hairy, protection against the cold.

The tail is long and horselike rather than tufted like the tails of cattle or bison.
The yak breeds in the warmer months, gestation lasts between 257 and 270 days
The >udder in females, scrotum in males, are small and hairy, protection against the cold.
The female finds a secluded spot to give birth, calf is able to walk within ten minutes of birth

The yak breeds in the warmer months, gestation lasts between 257 and 270 days
Females of both the wild and domestic forms typically give birth only once every other year
The female finds a secluded spot to give birth, calf is able to walk within ten minutes of birth
Yaks may live for more than twenty years in domestication, somewhat shorter in the wild.

Females of both the wild and domestic forms typically give birth only once every other year
They tend to gather in herds from ten to a hundred yaks, most are females
Yaks may live for more than twenty years in domestication, somewhat shorter in the wild.
The domestic yak is a long-haired domesticated bovid descended from the wild yak.

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How to write Pantoum Poetry http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html

X is for X-ray Tetra #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds Insects & Fish Pantoum Poetry

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28 April 2017 – X is for X-ray Tetra a fish

Pristella maxillaries, (Xray Tetra) only known species in its genus, backbones are seen clearly
Commonly known as X-ray fish or X-ray tetra because of its highly transparent body.
Scales are silvery-yellowish color that’s very faint looking almost golden in some lights
Widely distributed and adaptable fish, found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins

Commonly known as X-ray fish or X-ray tetra because of its highly transparent body.
Also found in coastal rivers in the Guianas in both acidic and alkaline waters
Widely distributed and adaptable fish, found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins
It is small (up to around 5 cm or 2.0 in, in length) and lives in large groups

Also found in coastal rivers in the Guianas in both acidic and alkaline waters
Males can be distinguished from females by being smaller and thinner than the females. It is small (up to around 5 cm or 2.0 in, in length) and lives in large groups
Like most other tetras, it feeds primarily on small insects and planktonic animals.

Males can be distinguished from females by being smaller and thinner than the females.
During the rainy season, the x-ray tetra return to the flood-lands to spawn
Like most other tetras, it feeds primarily on small insects and planktonic animals.
They do not give birth to live young, the female lays between three to four hundred eggs

During the rainy season, the x-ray tetra return to the flood-lands to spawn
Their eggs (fry) begin to hatch as early as 24 hours later, become free swimming within days
They do not give birth to live young, the female lays between three to four hundred eggs
They usually live for three or four years in the wild but can get to older ages in captivity

Their eggs (fry) begin to hatch as early as 24 hours later, become free swimming within days
Once swimming the small dull white young find better food sources, soon develop adult markings
They usually live for three or four years in the wild but can get to older ages in captivity
They are a small, adaptable fish that is often kept in a home aquarium and will eat most fish foods.

Once swimming the small dull white young find better food sources, soon develop adult markings
Scales are silvery-yellowish color that’s very faint looking almost golden in some lights
They are a small, adaptable fish that is often kept in a home aquarium and will eat most fish foods
Pristella maxillaries, (Xray Tetra)only known species in its genus, backbones are seen clearly.

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How to write Pantoum Poetry http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html

W is for Weasel. #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo Credit Least Weasel at the British Wildlife Centre, Surrey, England.

27 April 2017 – W is for Weasel

A weasel is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae
The genus Mustela includes the least weasels, polecats, stoats ferrets, and minks
Members of this genus are small, active predators, with long and slender bodies and short legs.
Weasels vary in length from 173 to 217 mm (6.8 to 8.5 in) females being smaller than the males.

The genus Mustela includes the least weasels, polecats, stoats, ferrets, and minks
They have long, slender bodies, which enable them to follow their prey into burrows
Weasels vary in length from 173 to 217 mm (6.8 to 8.5 in) females being smaller than the males.
Weasels feed on small mammals and have from time to time been considered a vermin

They have long, slender bodies, which enable them to follow their prey into burrows
They do on the other hand eat large numbers of rodents, they are also known to eat eggs
Weasels feed on small mammals and have from time to time been considered a vermin
The least weasels use pre-existing holes to sleep, store food and raise their young.

They do on the other hand eat large numbers of rodents, they are also known to eat eggs
Weasels eat around a third of their body weight every day to survive making them prolific hunters
The least weasels use pre-existing holes to sleep, store food and raise their young.
The only time weasels will tolerate one another is when male ad female meet to mate

Weasels eat around a third of their body weight every day to survive making them prolific hunters
There is a 34- to 37-day gestation period, single litter of about six kits reared by the female
The only time weasels will tolerate one another is when male ad female meet to mate
Newborn kits are born pink, naked, blind and deaf, gain a white coat of downy fur at the age of 4 days.

There is a 34- to 37-day gestation period, single litter of about six kits reared by the female
Ten days old the margin between the dark upper parts and light underparts becomes visible.
Newborn kits are born pink, naked, blind and deaf, gain a white coat of downy fur at the age of 4 days.
Milk teeth erupt at 2 to 3 weeks of age, then they start to eat solid food, lactation last for 12 weeks.

Ten days old the margin between the dark upper parts and light underparts becomes visible.
Their eyes and ears open at 3 to 4 weeks of age, and by 8 weeks, killing behavior is developed.
Milk teeth erupt at 2 to 3 weeks of age, then they start to eat solid food, lactation last for 12 weeks.
They reach sexual maturity in 3 to 4 months, least weasels can live for 7 or 8 years

Their eyes and ears open at 3 to 4 weeks of age, and by 8 weeks, killing behavior is developed.
Members of this genus are small, active predators, with long and slender bodies and short legs.
They reach sexual maturity in 3 to 4 months, least weasels can live for 7 or 8 years
A weasel is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae.

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How to write Pantoum Poetry http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html

V is for Vulture #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo Credit. – Vulture getting ready to strike a dying prey, Kenya

26 April 2017 – V is for Vulture

Vulture is a large, carnivorous bird that is well known for its scavenging nature
There are thought to be nearly thirty different species of vultures worldwide
Vultures, found in Asia, Europe, and Africa, thought to be closely related to eagles and hawks
A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers.

There are thought to be nearly thirty different species of vultures worldwide
The new world vultures tend to be slightly smaller than the old world vultures
A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers.
Vultures have been observed to hunch their bodies and tuck in their heads in the cold

The new world vultures tend to be slightly smaller than the old world vultures
Now it is believed that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation
Vultures have been observed to hunch their bodies and tuck in their heads in the cold
The vultures have now been seen to open their wings and stretch their necks in the heat.

Now it is believed that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation
All vultures scavenge for their food whenever possible rather than killing it themselves
The vultures have now been seen to open their wings and stretch their necks in the heat.
A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, kettle, venue, or volt.

All vultures scavenge for their food whenever possible rather than killing it themselves
Vultures generally fairly solitary animals, but groups are often seen circling prey from the sky
A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, kettle, venue, or volt.
Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.

Vultures generally fairly solitary animals, but groups are often seen circling prey from the sky
The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting in trees.
Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.
The Ruppell vulture is considered to be monogamous, forming lifelong breeding pairs.

The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting in trees.
After courtship, the pair will work together to build a nest using sticks, grass, and leaves
The Ruppell vulture is considered to be monogamous, forming lifelong breeding pairs.
Both parents share in incubation of their egg over a period of 55 days.

After courtship, the pair will work together to build a nest using sticks, grass, and leaves
Once the chick hatches, both parents will feed and tend to it for about 150 days when it fledges
Both parents share in incubation of their egg over a period of 55 days.
Young remain dependent on their parents after fledging until the next breeding season.

Once the chick hatches, both parents will feed and tend to it for about 150 days when it fledges
Vultures, found in Asia, Europe, and Africa, thought to be closely related to eagles and hawks
Young remain dependent on their parents after fledging, until the next breeding season.
Vulture is a large, carnivorous bird that is well known for its scavenging nature.

What thermoregulation means? – It is the ability of an organism to keep its body temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different.

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How to write Pantoum Poetry

U is for Uguisu – Japanese Bush Warbler #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

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25 April 2017 – U is for Uguisu – Japanese Bush Warbler – a Bird

The Uguisu is a small species of bird that is natively found throughout Japan China and Taiwan
Also commonly known as the Japanese Bush-Warbler, named for its beautiful distinctive song
The Japanese bush warbler is olive brown above and tending toward dusky colors below
The Uguisu has thin legs with long, clawed toes to help them grip onto branches more easily

Also commonly known as the Japanese Bush-Warbler, named for its beautiful distinctive song
Uguisu has small dark eyes and pale stripes above each one, straight, tan colored beak
The Uguisu has thin legs with long, clawed toes to help them grip onto branches more easily
The tail is relatively long in relation to its body size and is comprised of straight feathers

Uguisu has small dark eyes and pale stripes above each one, straight, tan colored beak
It is a relatively solitary bird with individuals only really coming together during breeding season
The tail is relatively long in relation to its body size and is comprised of straight feathers
Its distinctive breeding call can be heard throughout much of Japan from the start of spring.

It is a relatively solitary bird with individuals only really coming together during breeding season
The female constructs a cup-shaped nest in dense thicket of twigs, leaves, and moss
Its distinctive breeding call can be heard throughout much of Japan from the start of spring.
She lays up to five small eggs, sits on them herself, takes two to three weeks to hatch

The female constructs a cup-shaped nest in dense thicket of twigs, leaves, and moss
In summer it ranges from low hills to high mountains, preferring bamboo thickets and black pine trees.
She lays up to five small eggs, sits on them herself, takes two to three weeks to hatch
The chicks are fed and cared for by their mother until they fledge at around two weeks old

In summer it ranges from low hills to high mountains, preferring bamboo thickets and black pine trees.
The Japanese bush warbler is olive brown above and tending toward dusky colors below
The chicks are fed and cared for by their mother until they fledge at around two weeks old
The Uguisu is a small species of bird that is natively found throughout Japan China and Taiwan.

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How to write Pantoum Poetry http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html