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neoengel t1_jcc6pup wrote

Niiight tiiime...DAYTIME!


bobslapsface t1_jcccclj wrote

Alan. Alan. Alan. Alan. Alan. Alan.


w33dcup t1_jcda1zb wrote

Wait, that's not Alan. That's Steve.

Steve. Steve. Steve. Steve. Steve. Steve.


doctor-rumack t1_jcg36gw wrote

So is it mostly bananas that you eat? Please don't talk while my hand is in your mouth, I'm not going to tell you again.


marmorset t1_jcc91z2 wrote

This is what always confuses me about evolution. Black herons in different areas all do this, it's not a learned behavior that's taught to each generation. It's an instinctual action, they all do it naturally. How is something like this instinctual? How is a bird hatched already knowing how to use this hunting strategy?


BlueRaider731 t1_jccg5pi wrote

Wonder if they’ve got worse eyes, such that they can only see in shaded areas.


RedSonGamble t1_jccm7bc wrote

You’re over thinking their thinking I think. I imagine it’s just wired into their genetics and they don’t think about why they’re doing it or why they’re doing anything. They’re just birds


marmorset t1_jccvdqg wrote

What's compelling them to do it? There's an advantage to doing it so the birds who did it initially had a better chance to survive and reproduce, but what was initiating the behavior in those early bird to create shade while hunting fish?


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marmorset t1_jcdy7ex wrote

No, but I didn't then decide to fish. And the sun isn't in their eyes, they're doing it because the fish prefer shaded areas. That's a whole different level of thinking. My hand blocks the sun, now I can see better, versus, my wing blocks the sun, now a separate animal will change its behavior.


Slavocracy t1_jcd1wje wrote

They noticed there were more fish in shaded water so they started simulating it for easier hunting.

Animals are far more intelligent than you're giving them credit for.


conquer69 t1_jcd6qwp wrote

What you are describing is learned behavior which is different from instincts. Similar to beavers building dams despite never seeing a body of water in their life.


Slavocracy t1_jcdb7x4 wrote

If an animal exhibits a learned behavior enough through generations it will become instinct.

Beavers are a great example here too.


a_flat_miner t1_jcfb62c wrote

That's not how evolution or instincts work at all. This is essentially saying that if a creature lodges it's neck between two rocks and pulls enough, future generations will eventually have long necks


[deleted] t1_jcf99b6 wrote

"when i was in foster care, my hair was my room"


xhosos t1_jcfcrk5 wrote

Also, this strategy conceals the bird’s silhouette.


tsuyoi_hikari t1_jcfnbmm wrote

Not only a handsome bird, but clever as well :D