Oct 312015
 
Ticotico grande (Buff-fronted foliage-gleaner) Philydor rufum

Fotografías de dos individuos de Ticotico grande obtenidas el día 15 de Agosto pasado en el Parque provincial Salto Encantado. Si bien estuvieron bastante cerca nuestro solo uno perchó despejado para poder mejorar los pocos registros previos que tengo de este furnárido; el otro individuo (el de la segunda fotografía) estuvo forrajeando bastante cerca del […]

Oct 312015
 
Veterinary diclofenac now completely banned in Iran

Iran’s Department of Environment has officially banned the export, import, production and veterinary use of the drug diclofenac in the country. Diclofenac is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug whose veterinary use as a painkiller for livestock has been the main cause of the decline of several species of vultures around the world. Vultures are scavengers, often […]

Oct 302015
 
First year Citrine Wagtail a new Saudi Arabia ringing species – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Whilst ringing at Sabkhat Al Fasl on 10 October 2015 we caught a first year Citrine Wagtail. This was the first time we have caught and ringed this species in Saudi Arabia and was a bit of a surprise as we seldom catch any wagtails as they are so good at seeing and avoiding the […]

Oct 302015
 
POLL: Is Florida’s Bear Hunt Necessary?

After just two days, Florida ended its controversial black bear hunt because a higher than expected number of bears had been killed. Wildlife authorities said late on Sunday that 295 bears were taken overall, nearing the official limit. The Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission (FWC) posted a statement on its website saying it had […]

Oct 292015
 
Varillero congo (Chestnut-capped Blackbird) Agelaius ruficapillus

El primero de Agosto pasado el día de las cosas raras en Cambyretá, además de la gran cantidad de carpinchos muertos que vimos, la presencia de caballos y vacas en donde antes nunca estuvieron como ser en el sector del camping, vimos por primera vez a una gran bandada de Varilleros congo cerca de la […]

Oct 292015
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 24 Oct 2015

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. Maciej Olszewski wins First Prize for his brilliant capture “Ghost of the Forest”. Glenn Perrigo wins Second Prize for his outstanding composition “Tricolored Heron Canopy Feeding”. Third Place goes to John Anderson for “Kestrel Looking for Lunch”.      See detailed results below: […]

Oct 292015
 
Scientist under attack after he kills bird that took decades to find

For Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History, there is nothing like the thrill of finding a mysterious species. Such animals live at the intersection of myth and biology – tantalising researchers with the prospect that they may be real, but eluding trustworthy documentation and closer study. Indeed, last month, Filardi waxed poetic […]

Oct 282015
 
A good ringing session – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Whilst ringing at Sabkhat Al Fasl on 9 October 2015 we caught 44 birds which is the highest number we have caught in a single day. We set nine 18 metre nets in our normal locations in the reed bed site and apart from the Citrine Wagtail and Savi’s Warblers posted about earlier we also […]

Oct 282015
 
POLL: Should the trapping of songbirds in Malta be stopped?

The ministry for the environment has issued two legal notices announcing the start of the autumn finch-trapping season, despite having been referred to the EU Court of Justice by the European Commission for breaching the Birds Directive. The season will run from 20 October to 31 December, allowing for the trapping of linnet, goldfinch, greenfinch, […]

Oct 272015
 
On The Hunt with land's fastest predators

“Malaika is really special. I have never worked with a cheetah like her before. She is a wonderful mother and she is hunting every day.” These were the first encouraging words from Sammy Munene, as we sat beside a relaxed cheetah and her four cubs. The sun was just rising above Kenya’s Maasai Mara game […]

Oct 262015
 
Cicada Killer

At about an inch and a half long, the cicada killer is one of our larges wasps. Their huge size makes them look dangerous, but they are usually not aggressive and do not often sting us. They are solitary wasps that live alone; they lack the hive-defending sting-whatever-comes-close attitude of the yellowjackets they are sometimes […]

Oct 262015
 
POLL: Should Africa's poachers be shot on sight?

The well-heeled tourists filing through the modest airport at Hoedspruit – Afrikaans for Hat Creek – look carefree and expectant. Guides are standing by to transport them to luxurious bush lodges offering spa treatments, campfire dinners and dawn and dusk game drives offering a potential glimpse of Africa’s “big five”. But something is different from […]