Mauritius was the only known habitat of the extinct Dodo bird
When it was discovered, the island of Mauritius was the home of a previously unknown species of bird, which the Portuguese named the dodo (simpleton), as they appeared to be not too bright. Dodos were descendents of a type of pigeon which settled in Mauritius over 4 million years ago. With no predators to attack them, they lost their need and ability to fly. They lived and nested on the ground and ate fruits that had fallen from trees. There were no mammals on the island and a high diversity of bird species lived in the dense forests.
In 1505, the Portuguese became the first humans to set foot on Mauritius. The island quickly became a stopover for ships engaged in the spice trade. Weighing up to 50 pounds, the dodo was a welcome source of fresh meat for the sailors. Large numbers of dodos were killed for food.
Later, when the Dutch used the island as a penal colony, domesticated animals were brought to the island along with the convicts. Many of the ships that came to Mauritius also had rats aboard, some of which escaped onto the island. Before humans and other mammals arrived the dodo had little to fear from predators. The rats, pigs and monkeys ate dodo eggs in the ground nests.
The combination of human exploitation and introduced species significantly reduced the dodo population. Within 100 years of the arrival of humans on Mauritius, the once abundant dodo became a rare bird. The last one was killed in 1681.
The dodo is prominently featured as a supporter of the national Coat of arms of Mauritius.
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orang_terbuang (154) 2012-05-09 23:33
Beautiful color and interesting note. Thanks for sharing
mohammad_H (9728) 2012-05-09 23:40
نمایش بسیار زیبا از جزیره موریس با اسمان ابی
از طرف دول متفقین شاه و دیکتاتور سال ۱۹۵۰ کشورمان به این جزیره تبعید شده بود
وضوح و رنگ بسیار مناسب
مدیریت نور عالی
تبریک بخاطر کار خوب
روز خوبی داشته باشید
Mauritius with beautiful views of blue sky
The Allied governments and dictatorial Shah was exiled to the island to our 1950
Very good resolution and color
Excellent light management
Congratulations for the good work
Have a nice day
ikeharel (62879) 2012-05-10 7:33
A close view on the transparent tourquise water, maria, really worth posting a photo like this - and overwhelming sight.
Not many places around our little planet offer such a beauty.
golus (2893) 2012-05-10 7:43
An amazing photo that takes its power from its simplicity. I liked your idea of dividing the entire frame into two halves, one for the crystal clear turquoise sea and the other to the deep blue sky with abundant clouds. Both of the halves are equally impressive and beautiful. Besides, the tiny boats seen just in the merging point of horizon adds a great depth, value and interest to the scenery. An excellent work in every aspect. Thanks and best wishes,
PS: Thanks for your highly interesting and informative notes too.
ourania (36366) 2012-05-10 9:03
μαγευτική φωτογραφία με εξαιρετική καθαρότητα και φως. Φαίνεται μια απλή σύνθεση αποτελούμενη από δύο μέρη, θάλασσα και ουρανό, αλλά το καθένα από τα δύο μέρη είναι συναρπαστικό λόγω των υφών και των πάρα πολλών αποχρώσεων που το συνθέτουν. Μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ η αντίθεση ανάμεσα στα δύο, η ηρεμία και λάμψη της θάλασσας και ο δυναμισμός και η κίνηση του ουρανού. Μπράβο και ευχαριστώ!
να είσαι καλά, καλό βράδυ,
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-05-10 12:09
A splendid composition with a magic color of the water. Great result!
All the best,
Gigidusud (18009) 2012-05-10 14:53
Fantastic turquoise sea where i would love to swim!The sky is beautiful too.I like it!
Thanks for sharing.
macjake (61418) 2012-05-10 15:50
wow, great write up!
one of the best i've read in a long time.
Very interesting how the bird just lost its way due to human presence and other animals - too bad the bird lost its ability to fly, how ironic.
love the photo too, nothing can make me want to dip into the ocean more than this scene, looks very peaceful and warm.
see you around
Sonata11 (33697) 2012-05-10 21:39
indeed is turquoise water, very beautiful. Simple but very attractive picture. An amazing work. I really love it a lot. Awesome photo job. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
baddori (20011) 2012-05-10 22:16
Un turchese celebrato alle Mauritius.
Bella nota e splendido mare.
Ormai sono diventati rari tutti .... gli habitat distrutti ... anche quelli domestici ...per trovarli ...vacanza.
almoren (261) 2012-05-11 1:21
Simply and wonderfull site and image.
dkmurphys (52697) 2012-05-11 2:46
Lovely capture from that blue paradise. I dream to get lazy in a place like that.
Enjoy a fine weekend.
mvdisco (17784) 2012-05-13 22:37
Beautiful seascape from the L'Iles Maurice,
Excellent point of view and beautiful tone of colors and light ..
I like the colors of the sea and the clouds in the sky,
Very nice composition,
jemaflor (89351) 2012-05-14 8:51
Lovely blue sea, a simple view with just a tiny detail with boat on the horizon, well made.
mkamionka (32459) 2012-05-14 11:20
such a simple composition and yet so impressive!!!
It is very relaxing to watch it. I like very much the contrast of the blue and green with pleasant clouds as decoration.
Thanks for sharing,
Hellas (6869) 2012-05-15 2:43
Μόνο που την κοιτάς ... δροσίζεσαι!
Αρκετά καλή ποιότητα φωτογραφίας με ρεαλιστικά χρώματα και διαύγεια!
Paul57 (2217) 2012-06-05 15:19
I want to go!! Crystal clear water, amazing clouds, gorgeous frame, etc.. + an excellent POV. Thanks for sharing.
danos (90305) 2012-06-09 0:31
Μαρία γεια σου,
όμορφο σκηνικό με τα καθαρά νερά της περιοχής να σε προκαλούν να κάνεις μια βουτιά για να τα απολαύσεις.
Μπορεί να νερά να είναι καθαρά και ελκυστικά αλλά νομίζω ότι στην Ελλάδα υπάρχουν ισάξιες και ίσως και καλύτερες θάλασσες.
pajaran (55013) 2012-10-11 13:06
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o ptici Dodo ...
Lep pogled na more i trenutak sa oblacima.
Dobra ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepa boja mora.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc.
Sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na posetu Mauricijusa.
Very good and interesting article about the Dodo bird ...
Nice view of the sea and the moment the clouds.
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, beautiful colors of the sea.
Good evening and peaceful night.
All the best with the beautiful memories of the visit to Mauritius.