Mar 302014
 
Forster’s Tern on Lake Monroe

A couple weeks ago I was at the marina on Lake Monroe looking for (and not finding) a Royal Tern that had been seen there earlier. So I occupied my time photographing other terns. I shared photos of Caspian Terns in another post, but there was also Forster’s Terns patrolling the marina area. Most of […]

Mar 302014
 
Lord of the Forest

Under the golden rays of a rising sun in its kingdom at Mt. Apo Natural Park stands the Lord of the Forest, Haring Ibon, the King of Birds, in all its splendour and majesty! Photographing the most majestic eagle in the world at the golden hour is one of the greatest moments a wild bird […]

Mar 302014
 
New York Backtracks on Plans to Eradicate Mute Swans

Mute swans in New York will be getting a reprieve from slaughter following major public outcry over the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to eradicate the state’s population over the next decade, but animal advocates are still concerned about their future. Earlier this year the DEC publicly announced its plan to list mute swans […]

Mar 292014
 
Rare Birds of North America – book review

Rare Birds of North America, written by renowned birders Steve N. G. Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell, is a technical tour de force. Its technical expertise is exact and passionate. Reading Rare Birds of North America will simply make you a better birder and better naturalist. Birding books generally fall into two categories—books that […]

Mar 282014
 
Mindanao Wrinkled Hornbill

I had always wondered what “Writhed” means whenever the name of this species came up in the past. I thought it was a name of an English discoverer, but lately I have known that the names means “Wrinkled.” I was also surprise to find out that this bird is also called Mindanao Wrinkled Hornbill in […]

Mar 282014
 
Ibong Adarna

I have often wondered what the mythical bird “Ibong Adarna” was in the erstwhile kingdom of Berbania where it was described to be a magical bird that could turn humans into stone, that could change its colours as it sings, and that it could cure an ailing king. I haven’t seen this bird yet and […]

Mar 282014
 
Top Ten Ways to Help Spring's Migrating Birds

Despite persistent late-occurring snowstorms, average temperatures are starting to climb, soon to be followed by the most deadly period of the year for birds: springtime. Although spring means new life and hope to many people, billions of birds face the tribulations of a perilous migration followed shortly by breeding and the production of scores of […]

Mar 272014
 
Eastern Phoebe at Central Winds Park

I saw my first Great Crested Flycatcher of the year this year; that’s usually a good sign that Eastern Phoebes are going to start packing up to leave. I suspect by the end of March, they’ll all be gone. So a few days ago I photographed an Eastern Phoebe at Central Winds Park. I’m going […]

Mar 262014
 
A Kettle of Vultures in a Poisonous Mix

Increasingly today, East Africa is one of the few places one is likely to have the visceral experience of witnessing vultures crowded over newly found carrion, competing to quickly and efficiently render it to a few large bones and fur. Sadly it is precisely this astonishing ability to fly with ease across seasons and countries, […]

Mar 252014
 
A Bestiary: Songbirds ~ Northern Parula Warbler

Over two years have flown by since my monthly posts featuring warblers began over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Here is my next to the last wood warbler — sighted, as all the others, here at Flower Hill Farm Retreat. The Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) was just passing through May of 2011, when these […]