Mar 052015
Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air. The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the […]

Mar 052015
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 28 Feb 2015

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. First Place is awarded to Mike Barth for his outstanding flight shot entitled “Clash of the Titans”. Glenn Perrigo wins Second Place for his brilliant composition “White Ibis Symmetry”. Third Place is shared by Nickolas Haramis with “Great Grey Owl Inflight” and Frank […]

Mar 052015
Video: What to do when an octopus gives you an eight-armed face hug

It’s no secret that I’ve long been obsessed with giant Pacific octopuses. What’s not to love? They’re the world’s biggest octopus species (and I do mean big – the largest ever found measured 9.8 metres), and they’re so strong that just a few seconds of sucker-to-skin contact will leave you speckled with ‘octo-hickeys’. But biologist […]

Mar 042015

The sun has just set after another blissful day in this piece of remote wilderness. In front of me is a life-giving waterhole in a harsh land, where a myriad of animals came to quench their thirst during the heat of the day. One animal was still thirsty, though, and for some reason he had […]

Mar 042015
Appeal to all birders and wildlife enthusiasts: add your name to the list in solidarity

With only 20 days left before the start of the “Champions of the Flyway” race, the countdown to the biggest birding event of the year has begun. Our blog’s team “The Dutch Knights” – Marc Guyt, Gert Ottens and Martijn Verdoes  – will line up in Eilat Israel together with other crack birding teams with […]

Mar 042015
Poll: Should badger culls be continued in the UK?

A Conservative-led government will continue the cull of badgers regardless of complaints from protesters, the environment secretary has pledged. Speaking at the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) conference in Birmingham, Liz Truss set up a pre-election badger battle with Labour, which has promised to end what it calls the “ineffective and inhumane” programme intended to […]

Mar 032015
Sweep Up the Sun Book Launch

This weekend is the official launch for my new picture book with Helen Frost, Sweep Up the Sun. The cover image is below, and I’ll share more images from the book soon. We’ll have a book signing and exhibition at Book Beat this Saturday, February 28, from 1-4 and a signing and presentation on Sunday, […]

Mar 032015
Owl attacks prompt Dutch town to arm itself with umbrellas

A Dutch town has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks. Over the last three weeks, the European eagle owl has silently swooped on dozens of people in Purmerend, in the north of the Netherlands, with many victims requiring hospital […]

Mar 022015
Post Processing - A Guide for Nature Photographers by Glenn Bartley

Learn the fundamentals of the digital darkroom. Take your image editing to the next level and save yourself time in the process! The era of digital photography has brought tremendous advantages to bird and wildlife photographers. The ability to take hundreds or thousands of photos in one day allows us to continually raise the bar […]

Mar 022015
Viral Video: Stealthy Octopus Leaps From Water and Attacks Crab

The predator’s “sheer aggressiveness” surprised even an octopus scientist. Elusive creatures known mainly for their eight arms, ink blast, and high intelligence, octopuses are also fearsome predators with a variety of natural weapons at their disposal. Porsche Indrisie learned that firsthand recently when, much to her surprise, a small octopus burst out of a tide […]

Mar 012015
Western Marsh Harriers – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Western Marsh Harrier is a common winter visitor to wetland areas of the Eastern Province with a large number wintering at Sabkhat Al Fasl near Jubail. Although the species is common you very rarely get close enough to them to take photographs when they are on the ground as they fly long before you can […]

Mar 012015
After a cruel attack, an injured toucan will get its beak back, thanks to 3D printing

It was a shocking case of animal cruelty that caused outrage in Costa Rica and beyond last month. The victim? A male toucan, since nicknamed Grecia, whose beak was horribly mutilated by a group of teenagers. Grecia’s story inspired people all across South America to turn their anger into action – and thanks to a […]

Feb 282015
Chipping Sparrow at Central Winds Park

When I moved to Florida I was very new to birding, and I knew next to nothing about sparrows. I remember going to take our dog Ella to a dog park. I didn’t know at the time that right next to this dog park was the best place to find warblers in Seminole County, Central […]