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Oct 212014
 
American Crow

For some reason, I have had a hard time getting a good photograph of an American Crow. Part of the reason why is that it’s notoriously difficult to distinguish them from Fish Crows if they’re not calling. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible. So I have to see the bird call to know which species [...]

Oct 212014
 
Sea Otter Teeth Stronger than Human’s

Sea otters, which often dine on clams, crabs, and other shelled creatures, have unusually chip-resistant teeth, a new study suggests. Lab tests show that the enamel coating the teeth of sea otters (Enhydra lutris, shown) is up to two-and-a-half times tougher than human tooth enamel, thanks largely to the enamel’s microstructure. In all mammal enamel, [...]

Oct 202014
 
The Handshake

Secret societies have it. Mob bosses have it. Elephants have it. Secret Handshakes. My time spent in this research bunker at a very remote waterhole in Etosha National Park will always bring back fond memories of really seeing and experiencing the daily lives of elephants up close and personal. Elephants are highly social creatures, and even [...]

Oct 192014
 
De Aalscholver

De meeste mensen zullen hem ongetwijfeld wel eens gezien, voorbij vliegend laag over het water of zittend in een boom. Met name dat laatste verbaasd me elke keer weer. Deze vogels zijn namelijk uitgerust met enorme zwemvliezen aan de poten waarmee ze uitstekend kunnen zwemmen en onder water op jacht kunnen gaan naar de toch [...]

Oct 192014
 
Rewilding the Land Can Reconnect Us to the Natural World

We live in an age of mass extinctions and increasing degradation of our planet. Rewilding – the return of land to a wild state and the reintroduction of animals and plants that once lived there – is one way we can restore the balance in nature. And in ourselves. From his home in Oxford, England, [...]

Oct 182014
 
Use of mammals still prevalent in Brazil’s Conservation Units

For as long as humans and animals have co-existed, people have utilized them as resources. Animals, and their parts, have been used for a variety of purposes, ranging from basic food to more esoteric practices such as in magical ceremonies or religion. A new study published in mongabay.com‘s open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science has found [...]

Oct 172014
 
Cardenal común, Red-crested Cardinal, Paroaria coronata

Para compartir estas fotografías de cardenales obtenidas en Curuzú Cuatiá el 25 de Julio en la casa de Angel por Javier, Willy y yo, no pienso explayarme mucho con palabras. Simplemente disfruten del esplendor de esta ave rioplatense en libertad y no detrás de los fríos barrotes de una estúpida jaula !!!!!!       [...]

Oct 172014
 
Helping orangutans survive: new project aims to connect habitat fragments in Kalimantan (Part II)

Two decades ago, a project to convert one million hectares of forest to rice paddies was undertaken by the Indonesian government in southern Kalimantan. As predicted by experts, this Mega Rice Project (MRP) was a massive failure and was eventually abandoned, but not before it destroyed critical orangutan habitat. Now a new project is trying [...]

Oct 162014
 
Kalahari Black

A black-maned Lion (Panthera leo krugeri) of the Kalahari indulges in a rare drink from a puddle caused by an abundance of rain during this year’s rainy season. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. with Kalahari Plains Camp. Nikon D4 Nikon 200-400mm. ISO 800 f4 @ 1/350 sec. Lexar Media. © Dana Allen www.photosafari-africa.net www.facebook.com/DanaAllenPhotoSafari

Oct 162014
 
Elephants worth much, much more alive than dead, says new report

Elephants are worth 76 times more when they’re alive than dead, according to a new analysis released this past weekend. The report follows on the heels of findings by WWF that the world has lost 50 percent of its wildlife over the past 40 years, with more than half of African elephants killed for ivory [...]

Oct 152014
 
Carmine Darter – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Whilst birding at Sabkhat Al Fasl, looking for Egyptian Nightjars, I found a bright red coloured Dragonfly that perched regularly on a small shrub where I managed to get a photograph of it perched in some sunlight briefly. The Carmine Darter Crocothemis erythraea is a common dragonfly throughout the Middle East, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, [...]