Jul 312012
 
Mediterranean Chameleon

He’s back! Our Mediterranean Chameleon that visits our garden casually strolled across the grass as I was working outside yesterday. He looked up at me and walked slowly up to my leg. Amazed, I stared talking to him like some mad man. I then picked him up to see how he was and saw that […]

Jul 312012
 
2 Days in Nairobi (Day 2)

OK, long time between blogs but been busy, busy, busy…… been travelling including Pakistan, no chance to go photographing birds though unfortunately! Karachi must hold the biggest population of Black Kite in the world. Literally thousands rise into the late afternoon skies. Anyway I digress this is a little account of my 2nd day in […]

Jul 312012
 
Stop Apache Alaska from Launching Airgun Attack on Cook Inlet’s Endangered Beluga Whales

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) photo by Brian J. Skerry The Beluga Whale, commonly called the White Whale, is a marine mammal living in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic areas of the world. From a conservation perspective, the beluga is considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature; however the subpopulation from the Cook […]

Jul 312012
 
Hookers Sealion,   Whakahao.        Phocarctos hookeri

Hookers Sealion Southern New Zealand is home to the worlds most endangered sealion. Most live at two locations on the Auckland Islands, 200 miles south of Stewart Island. But there is a small but significant population including breeding females on the Otago coast from Dunedin south to the Catlins coast. And at Port Pegasus on […]

Jul 302012
 
House Sparrows Taking Over Cliff Swallow Nests

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Male photos by Larry Jordan Just the mention of the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in the world of Bluebird nest monitoring sends shivers down the back of some trail monitors, and rightfully so. There is plenty of documentation of House Sparrows attacking Bluebirds and other cavity nesting species, killing both young […]

Jul 302012
 
Black Backed Gull, Karoro,          Larus dominicanus

Black Backed Gull. Apart from heavy forest I doubt there are many places in New Zealand without a Black Backed Gull somewhere nearby. I grew up on a sheep farm, and without doubt these adaptable gulls were our biggest single pest. Preying on any cast sheep and on just born lambs. In both cases targeting […]

Jul 292012
 
The Melrose Dipper Cinclus cinclus

This is an old friend of mine, it’s one of the dippers from the cauld (Scottish name for a weir) at Melrose on the River Tweed in heart of the Scottish Borders in the UK. I see this little bird regularly as it’s a place I visit from time to time. The dippers feed  in […]

Jul 292012
 
Identification Tips When Birding Costa Rica: Small, Plain Hummingbirds Species

Hummingbirds are known for their glittering, jewel-like plumage, ad feisty, sprite-like behavior. I’m not sure if they had anything to do with being part of the inspiration for Disney’s Tinkerbell character but she sure acts like one of the Trochilidae. On a near constant sugar high, more than 50 species of hummingbirds zip around Costa […]

Jul 282012
 
Lunch Time in Coopersville

In August of 2011, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a family of Coopers Hawks nesting in the trees 5 minutes away from my home in Irvine, California. Over the next six weeks, I witnessed and photographed all kinds of interactions between the mother and her young. However, the feeding process is what captivated […]

Jul 282012
 
Whiskered delight

This spring news emerged in the Dutch Birding scene that in the northern part of the Netherlands a colony of beautiful Whiskered Terns had formed in a new estableshed nature reserve. Whiskered Tern is a scarce vagrant bird in the Netherlands with only a few reported breeding pairs in the last 100 years, so a […]