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Wednesday May 24, 2017


‘Good opportunities can arise from bad experiences’ By Julia Czerwonatis

After being a freelance writer for years Linda Palmer-Scott took a new swing in her career and started her business Paw Photography, specialising in animal photography. “I think, in the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to do this. I’ve been taking photos for friends and family for over 30 years and loved it,” Linda said. Linda got her inspiration for her pet photography business from her little cavoodle Buddy. “My dog was killed in the most horrific accident. He was hit by a car right in front of my eyes,” Linda explained. She took her dog to the vet who said Buddy might be able to survive if the vet amputated his leg and tail but the chances were slim. “I just couldn’t put him through this, so we put him down,” Linda said. After the incident, Linda was devastated. “I couldn’t handle the emptiness; I had lost my mojo.” To take her mind off the loss of her pet, Linda took two photography courses. “I just loved it and did pretty good right from the start. As part of the practice I had to choose a theme for a photography

business,” Linda said. She picked animals, and eventually put her theoretical business plan into practice. Linda enjoys the various tasks that come with the job: shooting up to 400 photos in a session in beautiful outdoor spots around Wellington, and eventually sorting and cropping. “The best part is when I invite clients around to have a look at the photo selection and see their emotional reaction,” Linda said. “Sadly, our pets are not with us long enough, so we want to make sure we remember them. Photos are part of our memory – especially when you get older and start forgetting things.” Linda is keen to capture the character of each animal in her photography. She has a few secrets to get the attention of her photo models that usually have other things in mind than to pose for a good shot. “Cats often can’t be bothered. You just have to be patient and ready for the right shot in a split of a second,” Linda explained. While losing her cavoodle was a bad experience for Linda it led to a turning point in her life. “I’ve learned that good opportunities can arise from bad experiences. I’m very thankful for my dog.”

Robin knows what his lady desires

After her dog got killed in a car accident, Grenada Village resident Linda became an animal photographer. PHOTO: Craig Turner

Children’s Garden preview Get down with the children and check out the progress on the Children’s Garden at a free, fun, family-friendly event at the Botanic Garden this Sunday prior to the official opening in September. The open day runs from 10am-2.30pm on Sunday 28 May, and includes Community

Music Junction youth performers, Bangers and Bash at 2pm, and you can join the magical maidens from Tea Please for the Ritual Of The Golden Teacups at 11am – learning about the wonderful plants they use and how to grow them. It’s located between the Treehouse Visitor Centre and the Children’s Playground.

QUEEN SHAPESHIFTING Queen Admits She is “Not Human” 'Queen Shapeshifting' brings up details about an internal document acknowledging that Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Household are not Human, that was briefly published as a press release on the Royal Family’s official website before being taken down. Press release on the Royal Family's official website:

Male robins make to appropriate choice when it comes to serving his partner the worm she is most likely prefers to eat. PHOTO: Supplied

Male robins know which worms to serve their bird ladies to gain their favour. Rachael Shaw’s research has shown for the first time that wild male birds read their partner’s behaviour to appropriately cater to her food desires. Rachael, a postdoctoral research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, conducted a study on a group of North Island robins based at Zealandia. She investigated whether male robins could give their mate the type of food that she was most likely to want during reproduction. “Robins are a monogamous, food-sharing species, so were ideal for this experiment. The experimental procedure has only previously been used in the laboratory on Eurasian jays,” Rachael stated. “We found male robins appropriately catered to their mates’ desire, even when the female’s behaviour was the only cue available to guide their choices. “This suggests that females can signal their current desires to their mates, enabling males to respond to that,” Rachael explained. “In many species food sharing by the male is vital to help the female offset the

energetic costs of reproduction, such as egg laying and incubation. “The male’s ability to give his mate what she wants could in fact be an important factor in determining the success of a pair, as well as influencing whether they stay together,” Rachael said. Rachael tested if the male would also be able to choose the type of insect his mate was most likely to want – either meal worms or wax worms. The females’ preference is usually influenced by what she has eaten previously. “Regardless of whether or not he had seen what his mate ate first, the male still made the appropriate choices,” Rachael explained. “This suggests that the female is likely to be displaying her current desire in her behaviour, and that the male is using these cues to identify the food that she wants.” The research, co-authored by Victoria’s Associate Professor Kevin Burns and Professor Nicola Clayton from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. Student Regan MacKinlay helped Rachael to carried out the field work and data collection.

Independent Herald 24-05-17  

Independent Herald 24-05-17

Independent Herald 24-05-17  

Independent Herald 24-05-17