Dec 312013
 
Bottlenose dolphins off US coast hit by measles-like virus

More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the US eastern seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said on Monday. The death toll exceeds the 740 dolphins killed during the last big outbreak of the then unknown virus in 1987-88. “It is […]

Dec 312013
 
The life and death of golden eagle Fearnan

Yesterday we learned that yet another young golden eagle had met an untimely death at the hands of an industry incapable or unwilling to move into the 21st century (here). The shocking result of a series of secretive, evil acts pervading the remote glens and mountainsides of Scotland. Secretive yet relentless. A lonely agonising death […]

Dec 302013
 
Rödhuvad törnskata

Några bilder från 2007 då jag fotograferade en rödhuvad törnskata (rasen: niloticus ). Detta blev mitt 387:de kryss, den befann sig på en ö ute i den östgötska skärgården, ön heter Missjö. Det var sent i november så den hade svårt att hitta föda men en och annan mask fann den. Fotogarferad med en Sigma […]

Dec 302013
 
Biggest new animal discoveries of 2013 (photos)

Thousands of species were scientifically described for the first time in 2013. Many of these were ‘cryptic species’ that were identified after genetic analysis distinguished them from closely-related species, while others were totally novel. Below are some of the most interesting “new species” discoveries that took place or were formally announced in 2013. The last […]

Dec 302013
 
'Tis the Season to Be Owlly

It’s that time of year. You better watch out! There is a dramatic movement from the Far North this winter coming from the land of reindeer and caribou. The whiteness of the character is its most striking feature. When it arrives, it often alights atop roofs and its uncharted movements have been known to disrupt […]

Dec 292013
 
Carpintero garganta negra, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Campephilus melanoleucos

Siguiendo con la secuencia de fotografías del Carpintero garganta negra obtenidas en Rincón Ombú chico comparto ahora estas dos imágenes que muestran al macho con una oruga en el pico; por estos partes del país a estas orugas se las conocen con el nombre “Tambú”. Una vez que el macho luego de perforar el tronco […]

Dec 292013
 
Road Kill

Caracaras are birds of prey in the family Falconidae. They are traditionally placed in the subfamily Polyborinae, but are sometimes considered part of their own subfamily, Caracarinae, or members of the true falcon subfamily, Falconinae. Caracaras are principally birds of South and Central America, just reaching the southern United States. Unlike the Falco falcons in […]

Dec 292013
 
Boyero cacique, Red-rumped Cacique, Cacicus haemorrhous

Esta es la última tanda de fotografías del Boyero cacique obtenidas durante el viaje a Rincón Ombú chico en el mes de Octubre pasado; las fotos fueron obtenidas durante el mediodía del día Domingo 06 mientras se cocinaba el asado, con un ojo atento a la parrilla y el otro atento al comedero; no había […]

Dec 282013
 
A  Mouth Full

Factoid: The Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucan, is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize. A very productive morning, very close to Nicaragua . Seems the keel billed mafia, loves to fly in invade the berry laden trees. A […]

Dec 282013
 
Could I interest you in some buntings?

This summer was full of buntings. A bunting-filled summer. Buntings everywhere. We can offer Painted, Indigo, Lazuli, and Varied. Take your pick. Come one, come all. But this is weird because I’m talk-tying like this is present tense and it’s actually past tense. But you know what I’m getting at. More to the point: this […]