Aug 292014
White-tailed Lapwing – Dhahran Hills

On Thursday I relocated the White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus that Phil had found about ten days earlier on the muddy edge of the percolation pond. This is only the third record I know of for the camp although there have been quite a few records for the Eastern Province. Phil also found four birds on [...]

Aug 292014
Orcas - Always expect the unexpected

A moderate rain shower as we got under-way from Tobermory harbour for our Whalewatch Explorer on Monday 7th July. The natives would call it ‘dreich’ but the forecast said things would improve as the day went on.  We were making our way through an area of sea nicknamed ‘the middle grounds’ which is a little [...]

Aug 292014
When forests aren't really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations

At first glance, the statistics tell a hopeful story: Chile’s forests are expanding. According to Global Forest Watch, overall forest cover changes show approximately 300,000 hectares were gained between 2000 and 2013 in Chile’s central and southern regions. Specifically, 1.4 million hectares of forest cover were gained, while about 1.1 million hectares were lost. On [...]

Aug 282014
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 23 Aug 2014

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded to Nitin Jain for his outstanding image “Hunter”, John Jennings wins Second Prize with “Diedrick Cuckoo” and Third Prize goes to Andrew Butterfield for “Red Panda” (click on thumbnails for full scale view). See detailed [...]

Aug 282014
Bridled Terns – Al Jarrim Island South (Bahrain)

The Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus is a common summer breeding visitor to offshore islands in the Gulf and Red Sea. Brian Meadows (Bull B.O.C 2003) mentioned 175 pairs breeding on islets north of Yanbu al-Bahr 18 June 1993. Summer visitor to all coasts nesting on islands occasionally. In 1988 Jennings visited the Farasan Islands and [...]

Aug 282014
Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines?

Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate – known as tarsiers – in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access paper in PLOS ONE. “There does seem to be a [...]

Aug 272014
Logging of Russian Far East damaging tiger habitat, few intact forests protected (Part I)

This is the first part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part II discusses in more detail what their shrinking habitat and low numbers may mean for their future. The destruction of Russian forests to supply timber to international markets is becoming one of the biggest threats to the world’s [...]

Aug 262014
Alilicucú común, Tropical Screech-Owl, Megascops choliba

Comparto hoy una nueva serie de fotografías del Alilicucú que frecuenta la casa del amigo Luis Krause en Rincón Ombú Chico, tenemos la gran suerte de que no es solo uno el individuo que se deja fotografiar, en la mayoría de las oportunidades en las que se acercó a la casa lo hizo acompañado de [...]

Aug 262014
Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos)

In honor of Shark Week, we asked our audience on Tuesday to weigh in on their favorite shark species. Not surprisingly, great white sharks turned out to be the fan favorite! You likely know great white sharks from their many appearances in the media, from “Jaws” to “Finding Nemo” and coverage across local news networks. [...]

Aug 252014
Male Little Bittern – Dhahran Hills

Little Bittern is an unusual species to see on the ‘patch’ but they are occasionally seen, primarily on the percolation pond. This year I have seen less than normal, probably as the reed beds are not very well developed from their clearance last year. In April I saw a male in the spray fields, which [...]

Aug 252014
Vaquita Porpoise Faces Imminent Extinction - Can It Be Saved?

The vaquita, a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California, is rapidly going extinct, an international team of scientists reported earlier this month. The researchers say that the marine mammals – whose name means “little cow” in Spanish – are accidentally drowning in the gill nets local fishers deploy for fish and shrimp. [...]