Dec 022016
 
Dungeness during storm Angus

Having seen the Mistley Tern last night the pressure to follow the crowds in that direction today was well and truly off so we headed instead down the M20 to Dunge and into the eye of the storm. 90 mph winds had battered the Kent coast and continued to do so while we attempted a […]

Dec 022016
 
POLL: Should fox-hunting laws be strictly enforced?

By using independent monitors to witness the hunts will ensure they stick to laws aimed at protecting wild animals from the clutches of packs of hounds. Landowners allowing hunts on to their property should also face prosecution if the law is broken, suggests the study. Changes to the way Scotland’s fox hunting laws are enforced […]

Dec 012016
 
If you love me, why am I dying?

Hey there, people-friends. I’ve been on the road, on the go, since early September. Before that, since February, I was out in the boonies running after sage-grouse. So that’s my excuse for the lack of posts. I’ve been wandering around Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, eastern California, Idaho, and now I’m hunkered down in New Mexico for […]

Dec 012016
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 26 Nov 2016

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. Dana Allen wins First Prize for his brilliant capture “Zambezi Crossing”. Noushka Wildlife wins Second Prize for her outstanding composition “How’s That for a V!”. Third Prize goes to Stephen Harper for his image “Monkey Nut Mad”.   See detailed results below: (click […]

Dec 012016
 
How wildlife may fare under Trump

What a president will do for wildlife has never been much of a campaign issue. Debates focus on national security, trade, economics, and to a lesser degree in this election cycle, on the environment. Wildlife, however, plays a part in all those concerns. Take, for example, the illegal wildlife trade. It’s a multibillion-dollar business that […]

Nov 302016
 
Coming Home from Uganda

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Uganda. I finished my packing during the heady days of the World Series and the glorious aftermath of my beloved Chicago Cubs winning it all, and left the morning after my hometown held a parade that drew an estimated five million people, united in a way Americans never […]

Nov 302016
 
Champions of high-altitude flight

From the roof of Chiu monastery, perched high on its rocky hill, the water of Lake Manasarovar was cobalt, the surrounding hills rich ochre, luminous in the sunlight of a late autumn afternoon. With a shoreline 55 miles (90km) long, and at an altitude of more than 4,500 metres (15,000ft), this is one of the […]

Nov 292016
 
Pygmy Owl

I kept to Maridalen again (and why not?). Much was the same as yesterday with the Scaup and Tufteds still on the lake but in a different bay (water levels have risen quite a lot after recent rain so feeding conditions may be changing). The recent rain combined with a return to freezing temperatures left […]

Nov 292016
 
POLL: Should the bear bile trade ban be strictly enforced?

In 2005, the Vietnamese government made it illegal to extract bile from bears. But the illegal trade in bear bile and gall bladder is still going strong, more than ten years after the ban, according to a new report. The unending demand for bear parts is driving two bear species — Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) […]

Nov 282016
 
Take me to the place where the white boys dance...

To kick off this post, I have to apologise to the band “The Killers”, whose song title made a perfect title for this photo and its resulting blog post. As you may know, we recently returned from an amazing family safari-camping-roadtrip through some of the most iconic places in Namibia. One of the destinations was […]

Nov 282016
 
Hawaiian honeycreeper birds at risk of extinction from avian malaria

In the rugged mountain forests of Kaua’i, colorful birds called honeycreepers are dying out. Usually protected by the cooler temperatures found at higher altitudes, the birds are now victims of malaria-carrying mosquitoes that have crept upward as temperatures rise. Honeycreeper populations declined an average of 68 percent in the core of their preferred range on […]

Nov 272016
 
Yetapá de collar (Strange-tailed Tyrant) Alectrurus risora

Año 2016….Provincia de Corrientes….Ruta 40 pasando Colonia Pelegrini; un nuevo registro para el grupo de esta emblemática especie de ave de pastizal. En los últimos 100 años el Yetapá de collar (Alectrurus risora, Tyrannidae) ha reducido su distribución original en un 90% debido a la desaparición de los pastizales naturales de Argentina. En la actualidad […]

Nov 272016
 
British farmland bird bounces back from brink of extinction

One of Britain’s most threatened farmland birds has reached a major milestone in its recovery from the brink of extinction, figures show. A nationwide survey by the RSPB shows the UK population of the cirl bunting – a small, finch-like bird – has reached 1,078 pairs after numbering just 118 in 1989. The RSPB said […]