Budgie under UV
Not having a handy UV light I'd always wondered what Budgie's feathers would look like. [Budgie is a Goffin cockatoo, by the way].
And then today, Ed comes over to show off his new super-torch that includes a red laser pointer mode and: a UV mode!
To my sheer delight (and Budgie's consternation) when I flipped her upside-down and shone the UV light at her posterior - voila - the yellow parts of her feathers shone with a beautiful pink hue (the white feathers showed no colour change).
Ah, the little things in life.
And now it seems it's not just parrots, but scorpions too: Oleg Toumilovitch recently lent a focusable UV laser (available from FOTON Optoelectronics) to a scorpion-guru during the Waterberg Planetary Festival, and it works!
nothing more to see. please move along.