May 312012
 
Rare Helmeted Honeyeater released at Bunyip State Park

Eleven captive-bred helmeted honey-eaters will be released into the Bunyip State Park, east of Melbourne today, to boost the bird’s numbers. Seven of the critically endangered birds were bred at Healesville Sanctuary and four came from the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Bruce Quin, of the Department of Sustainability and Environment, says volunteers will be keeping […]

May 312012
 
Yellowstone's Harlequin Ducks

Typically Harlequin Ducks are found in coastal waters but in the spring they do migrate inland. Yellowstone National Park is thought of as being the southern most inland area where you can find them. Harlequins prefer fast moving water, which makes LeHardy Rapids an ideal spot to find them. But, timing is everything. This section […]

May 312012
 
Weka, Gallirallus australis scotti

Weka (Woodhen) – Weka, note the beak. I have seen one dispatch a large rat with a single strike Spend anytime in New Zealand forest and you will surely come across a weka. Flightless, agressivly omniverous and forever hungry they are the “wide boys” on our forest floors. Insects and forest invertibrates are their “bread […]

May 312012
 
Bald Eagle Close Up – 4 Year Old

A few years ago I had some wonderful photo ops with this 4-year-old Bald Eagle at Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area, it often perched on an old wooden pole by the boat launch (before they stuck a bat house on the pole it was a favorite for raptors, I hope the bat house rots and […]

May 312012
 
Back to La Janda

Aplogies for the delay in writing my updates but I have been extremely busy tour leading during May. I flew to Corsica at the beginning of the month and had a great tour with friends on this fantastic Mediterranean island. (I’ll post photos and a trip report of this tour later). From Corsica I flew […]

May 302012
 
When nature conservation can be joined with aesthetical considerations

For people interested by this odonate family, you know that the Calopteryx specie is very fragile and easily destroyed by the agricultural treatments. Here in Switzerland, they are legal recommendations for agricultural workers about the moment to spray your treatment with insecticide, you can’t make it when bees are out for example on fruit trees, […]

May 302012
 
Long-billed Curlew in Cheatgrass

Cheatgrass is invasive but I sure think it can be pretty especially with a lovely bird amongst it like this male Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) that I photographed on Antelope Island State Park recently. Cheatgrass is lacy and delicate looking, there can be a slight reddish/pink casts to the stems and seedheads and it flutters […]

May 292012
 
Birding in Brazil – third of four days photographing in Serra da Canastra National Park

The first two days were very nice, with several lifers photographed. But this third day kept the best emotions. The goal was to leave São João Batista and go towards the entrance of Sacramento, and therefore we would cover virtually the entire park. Early in the morning we saw some interesting animals, like the Yellow-faced […]

May 292012
 
Snowy Egret – Moody Blues

Yesterday I posted a Snowy Egret in flight in what many bird photographers would call good light and the image had wonderful dynamics because of the action of the bird. This Snowy Egret image was taken just after the sun had risen above the horizon in about the same location as the egret image I […]

May 292012
 
Stewart Island Robin, Petroica australis rakiura

Stewart Island Robin, (toutouwai) Stewart Island Robin [flowplayer src=’http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/robin-lead-in.mp4′ width=640 height=480 splashend=show splash=’http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/si0067.jpg’ autoplay=false] Stewart Island Robins are yet another New Zealand species to have suffered the depradations of introduced rats. Nesting as they do so close to or even on the ground, their habit of just dropping the fecal sac over the side of […]