of Mr. & Mrs. Beaver’s lodge. So I thought I’d stop by and start up a conversation. … ”
There are a number of ways to enter into this conversation. For example, if you hold a piece of paper, or your hand, over what is obviously neck, you will see a rabbit.
For example, the bird’s eyes are offset by 180°. Gosh. Does anyone remember what birds’ visual systems look like? They have LGNs, right? Or no?
For example, the bird’s eyes are offset by 180°. Wow. What would it be like to navigate a world when you don’t really have a focal point? A fovea? But you have off the hook peripheral vision?
Do blue heron’s have different eye colors?
If so, do females have a preference for male eye color?
What’s with those ‘walk-like-an-Egyptian’ neck feathers?
How many vertebrae?
From tip of the beak (including eyes) to … shoulders, how many muscles? What are their origins and insertions?
Are blue heron sexually dimorphic? [Insert a pile of entry-level questions.]
And thinking of sex… . What is their lifestyle and family organization? Mono? Polygo? Serially monogamous? Who incubates the eggs? Who raises the little ones?
Now, let’s focus our attention on that beak because that beak rivals a pelican’s. There are those who would say it is specialized for lakes and ponds which would be a really stupid thing to say because it is specialized for the sort of fish who live in lakes and ponds.
Which have adapted to lakes and ponds.
If this is where you live, and you are a bird who lives on fish, and you can’t catch the fish who live in your local lake or pond, you will die. And even if you managed, in your younger days, to procreate, your progeny’s beaks will not be specialized to dine on the fine fish in your local lake or pond and then your progeny will die. …
I did that right, didn’t I?
I can never get evo-devo story quite right and truth be told, I stopped thinking about it years ago.