Jun 302013
 
More Japanese Reed Buntings

I had planned a longer photography trip this weekend, specifically to look for Pleske’s Grasshopper Warbler, however the typhoon that was supposed to pass across from the Japan Sea to the Pacific Ocean promptly decided to turn itself into a depression and sit just off the western coast of Kyushu! After a bit of procrastination, […]

Jun 302013
 
 Bird's Eye View of the Changing Climate

“The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever! The faint silvery warblings heard over the partially bare and moist fields from the bluebird, the song sparrow, and the red-wing, as if the last flakes of winter tinkled as they fell! What at such a time are histories, chronologies, traditions, and […]

Jun 302013
 
World’s Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

DNA shines a light back into the past, showing us things that fossils can’t. But how far back can that light extend? Some of the oldest DNA sequences come from mastodon and polar bear fossils about 50,000 and 110,000 years old, respectively. But a new study published online today in the journal Nature reports the […]

Jun 302013
 
"Snuffy the Seal": Offensive or Effective?

Whether this was your first or fiftieth time watching the Discovery Channel’s viral Shark Week ad, “Snuffy the Seal,” the video is sure to have caught your attention. The ad has been called “polarizing,” “controversial,” and even “horrifying.” Loved or hated, there’s no doubt that the video is effective – mere minutes after the promo […]

Jun 292013
 
Flower Hill Farm Spring Butterflies ~ Part Two

Spring precipitates into summer and we can easily recognize the longest day of the year by how we measure time in our hurried lives. Spring or Summer Azure Celastrina ladon, Form violacea (and others)is another matter . . . as the butterflies are difficult to identify. The more experienced butterfly watchers of the invaluableMassachusetts Butterfly […]

Jun 292013
 
Rare Breed of Killer Whale May Be New Species

A group of killer whales once thought to be genetic anomalies may in fact be a species all their own, according to a recent study in the journal Polar Biology. The rarely-seen “type D” orcas—which live in the Southern Ocean—are one of four varieties of killer whale. Researchers recently sequenced type D’s genome using material […]

Jun 292013
 
Canta el Carpinterito

Días atrás mientras esperaba que se haga el horario para entrar al colegio pude disfrutar del canto de este Carpinterito posado en el cable que cruza por la vereda del frente, díganme si no es preferible escuchar esto antes que la voz del jefe =). Para evitar inconvenientes no voy a decir a que jefa […]

Jun 292013
 
Migaloo the white whale spotted with friend off NSW coast

Migaloo, the famous white humpback whale, has been spotted off the NSW coast in a mass annual migration that reportedly includes a juvenile whale that shares his white hue. The whale, whose name derives from an Aboriginal word for “white fella”, has been sighted near Yamba in NSW and has now passed the Gold Coast […]

Jun 292013
 
Common bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhulaPasseriformes Fringillidae This species is uncommon in my area. It was one my many challenges to photograph this beauty, although the male is much more colourful than the female. I had heard about a pair coming to a friend’s garden early in the morning. So I set my hide tent at 7H30 and lo […]

Jun 292013
 
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 29 Jun 2013

During the last two weeks our members have again entered some outstanding top-ranking wildlife images for our “Best Photo of the Week” competition. Click on the first image and then page through the slideshow. Please select the three images you like best of all and VOTE for them at the bottom of this page. Voting […]

Jun 282013
 
'Vampire' sea lampreys heat up for sex

Male sea lampreys heat up special fat deposits during sexual encounters, scientists have found. The bizarre vertebrates are best known for their blood-sucking mouths filled with teeth and a razor sharp tongue. Males also have a raised bump of tissue along their back which they rub against females during courtship. US researchers discovered that this […]

Jun 282013
 
Jilguero dorado (Saffron-yellow Finch)

Imágenes obtenidas en la Reserva urbana Arroyo Itá el día 31 de Mayo pasado; habíamos ido con Roby a llevar unos 40 plantines de especies nativas para que se planten en el lugar y después de entregar las plantas salimos a pajarear un rato. En la zona del puente peatonal, que es el sector de […]