Oct 132015
Central Winds Park, 10/3/2015

Yesterday I visited Central Winds Park hoping for migrants. It was kind of a slow morning. The cold front up north should have brought migrants down, but weather patterns seem to have held them from coming down to us. So I had 9 warbler species, none of them worth writing home about. The most unusual […]

Oct 132015
New species of 'hog-nosed' rat discovered in Indonesia

Victorian scientists have discovered a new mammal, the hog-nosed rat, with features not been seen by science before. Hyorhinomys stuempkei was previously undocumented in any scientific collection. The rodent was found by a team of scientists from Museum Victoria, Louisiana State University and the Dutch Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense in a remote, mountainous forest of Mount […]

Oct 122015
Time for Cape May

Hawks are migrating now and one of the best places to see them is Cape May, New Jersey. Lots of the birds flying down the Atlantic flyway get channeled into the southern tail of New Jersey and end up concentrated at Cape May Point. They often wait there for weather favorable for the flight across […]

Oct 112015

Last Thursday was the only day during Eid when I had no long distance travelling. I stayed in the Buraimi area on the border with UAE. I visited two sites there: Buraimi sewage plant and Jebel Qatar. Both are conveniently on the same road to Mahdah and barely five kilometres apart. The sewage plant is […]

Oct 112015
POLL: Should the slaughter of walrus in Alaska be stopped?

Federal agents are investigating a report this week of dozens of walruses being shot and killed, apparently for their ivory, along the coast of the Chukchi Sea in a Northwest Alaska refuge. Andrea Medeiros, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska regional office, said law enforcement agents with the service received a […]

Oct 102015
Plenty of waders – Dhahran Expro Wader Roost

A trip to the Dhahran Expro Wader Roost produced plenty of waders of a good variety of species. The tide was not ideal but plenty of birds were along the edges including both Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers in small numbers. Curlew Sandpipers, Eurasian Curlew, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwits and Dunlins had the largest number of […]

Oct 092015
Cardenal común (Red-crested Cardinal) Paroaria coronata

Los almuerzos en el Camping Monterrey del Parque Cambyretá se disfrutan por partida doble; compartir un buen asado entre amigos y con los pájaros es algo único. Mientras se prepara el asado unos trozos de pan en el pasto en las cercanías del quincho aseguran la visita de los Cardenales y los Pepiteros, quienes nos […]

Oct 092015
Ghana – rainforest birding on the brink by Adam Riley

My connection with Ghana began rather unexpectedly (and as it turned out, rather humorously) more than ten years ago. I was in contact with a group of birders for whom I arranged and guided an annual tour to Africa. During each trip we would discuss a destination for the following year. We already had South […]

Oct 082015
Early morning at Ghaftayn

On Wednesday morning, I got up early at Ghaftayn rest house to see what passage there had been over-night. These desert stops have highly variable windfalls of migrants during the passage seasons. One morning can be heaving while another can have virtually nothing. The same goes for the rarity of the birds. This was only […]

Oct 082015
How to watch the great migration of animals from Serengeti

Every year a million wildebeest, half a million gazelle and 200,000 zebra make the perilous trek from the Serengeti park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya in their search for water and grazing land. It is one of nature’s most spectacular sights – and one that few people are able to see […]