Apr 302015
 
Lake Mills Park

It’s been forever since I posted on my blog–terribly long. I had my camera equipment stolen in early March, which took me a bit out of commission, but I have most of it back now, so I’m back in the swing of things, though I haven’t done any blog posts at all in April. Anyway, […]

Apr 302015
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 25 Apr 2015

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. Morkel Erasmus wins First Prize for his brilliant landscape composition “Atmospheric Elephants”. Ruth Thiessen wins Second Place for her outstanding capture “Happiness”. Third Place goes to Rob Gipman for “Fish Handover to Nesting Female Kingfisher”.    See detailed results below: (click on thumbnails for […]

Apr 302015
 
Officials: Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Sabah

There are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sabah, confirmed Masidi Manjun, the Tourism, Culture and Envi­ronment Minister, over the weekend. In 2008, conservationists estimated there were around 50 rhinos in the state. Five years later, it dropped that estimate to just ten. Now, it’s admitted the awful truth: […]

Apr 292015
 
Gliders of Royal National Park

A spotlighting walk in Royal National Park turned up quite a number of Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and a tiny and extremely fast Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus) – the smallest gliding mammal on earth, that is literally smaller than a mouse and seems to be constantly on the move. Unlike the ‘disappearing in a flash’ […]

Apr 292015
 
Conservationists turn tiny New Zealand island into bold wildlife experiment

Rotoroa Island, off the coast of New Zealand is tiny, at just 82 hectares (200 acres), but don’t let its diminutiveness fool you: big things are happening here. Over the past few years the island has become the site of a quiet, but grand, conservation experiment. What would happen if you populated an island with […]

Apr 282015
 
Unique new book provides further insights into the world of the elusive otter

The first book providing spectacular photographs and an insight into the lives and behaviour of ALL 13 species of otters has now been launched. It contains detailed information about the magnificent Giant Otter of the Amazon, the tiny Asian Small-Clawed Otter so often found in zoos, the Sea Otter with its charming habits of cracking […]

Apr 282015
 
Florida Friends

Due to thunderstorms in the Denver area, I’m in an airport restaurant waiting out a three-hour delay and reflecting on my Florida Birds workshop that finished up this morning. Even though I’m stuck in the airport waiting on my connecting flight, it is refreshing to be back in the thin air of the mile-high city […]

Apr 282015
 
High as a Hihi: Rare New Zealand Birds Trip Out on Unknown Fungus

How does a hihi get high? It feasts on a forbidden, mind-altering fungus, that’s how. The hihi, in case you don’t know, is a small, quirky bird native to New Zealand that usually likes to dine on fruits, nectar and the occasional insect. But a group of the rare birds at a wildlife sanctuary in […]

Apr 272015
 
Press release: New book about polar bears, overhunting and failed management

Press Release – Polar Bears on the Edge: New book punctures myth that polar bear conservation is success story  The climate is changing, sea-ice is melting, polar bears are suffering. And yet, the establishment accepts that about 1.000 polar bears are hunted every year. On average, one polar bear is shot every 9 hours, or […]

Apr 272015
 
Little Swifts, Chipiona, Cadiz province, Spain

One of the more accessible Little Swift sites is at Chipiona harbour and marina on the western side of Andalucia. There are other sites across the Iberian peninsula but this site offers easy access and with patience you can watch the birds feeding and returning to the colony. You’ll see them on their own in […]

Apr 272015
 
Norway landmark ruling sees five jailed over wolf hunting

Five men have been sentenced to prison in Norway for organising an illegal wolf hunt, in the country’s first prosecution of such a case. The group’s ringleader was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, while four others were ordered to serve between six months and a year. They all denied the charges. […]

Apr 262015
 
Catita enana (Blue-winged Parrotlet) Forpus xanthopterygius

El 22 de Febrero en Rincòn Ombù chico la suerte estuvo del lado del amigo Luis Krause porque cerca de su casa se encontrò con un grupo de Catitas en horas de la mañana perchando en una guayaba. Oportunidades como esta no ocurren muy de seguido y hay que aprovecharlas porque cuando las aves estàn […]

Apr 262015
 
Aphrodisiac for fish and frogs discovered

A supplement simply added to water has been shown to boost reproduction in nematodes (roundworms), molluscs, fish and frogs – and researchers believe it could work for humans too. Dr Keith Davies, senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and his colleague Dr John Hart, CEO of Endocrine Pharmaceuticals Ltd, observed guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata) […]