Mar 312012
 
A Shortie Winter

The winter of 2011-2012 has been a phenomenal year for Short-Eared Owls across Britain, but its been especially good in my home counties of Northumberland and North Tyneside. Back in October, one of Northumberland’s hotspot sites, Preswick Carr, was already boasting at least 8 birds, attracting a huge number of local birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and […]

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Mar 312012
 
Pied-billed Grebe juvenile

These juvenile Pied-billed Grebes (Podilymbus podiceps) images were created at Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area, just to the north of Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a hatch year Pied-billed Grebe and it still shows some of the camouflage that the immature birds have to help them hide from predators. This bird is in the […]

Mar 312012
 
American Black Duck

The male American Black Duck, Anas rubripes, has a dark body and light head, orange-red legs, unblemished yellowish bill, and a black-bordered blue speculum — the brightly colored patch of feathers on the wing. The black duck in the photos is locally famous among birdwatchers in Brooklyn, New York, for pairing with a female Mallard, […]

Mar 302012
 
Pesticides Hit Queen Bee Numbers

Some of the world’s most commonly used pesticides are killing bees by damaging their ability to navigate and reducing numbers of queens, research suggests. Scientific groups in the UK and France studied the effects of neonicotinoids, which are used in more than 100 nations on farm crops and in gardens. The UK team found the […]

Mar 302012
 
Studies Show Outdoor Cats Are Popular Prey for Coyotes

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the leading bird conservation organization in the United States, advises that as coyotes continue to move into and around large cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Los Angeles, and others, owners of cats should think twice before letting their pet roam free outdoors. Studies show that outdoor […]

Mar 292012
 
Brighter Future for Endangered Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella)

Europe’s largest wildlife conservation charity, the RSPB Northern Ireland, announced the return of the yellowhammer to Co Down. A five-year study has demonstrated that agri-environment farming schemes to benefit wildlife have been very effective in bringing back this bird from the brink. The yellowhammer, a distinctive lemon-yellow bird, famed for its ‘a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheese’ song, has been […]

Mar 292012
 
Where are we going Canon?

The new Canon 5D mk III is here. The key stats are: 22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor 61-point autofocus Up to 6fps continuous shooting Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity Full HD video with manual control 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor Enhanced Weather sealing 8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen It seems like it will be a wonderful camera for photojournalists, […]

Mar 292012
 
Southern Africa’s first record of Little Crake

The news took South African birders by storm! On Thursday 22 March, Trevor Hardaker, a prominent South African birder and rarity tracker, announced that a Little Crake had been found the previous day by Gillian Barnes in Clovelly Wetland near Fishhoek, a southern suburb of Cape Town. This is not far from Cape Point, Africa’s […]