Aug 312016
 
Bailarín blanco (White-bearded Manakin) Manacus manacus

Entre tanto tiempo invertido en otras actividades descuidé bastante el blog durante estos últimos días, la mayor parte de mi tiempo libre lo estuve ocupando completando la selección de fotografías para ilustrar la aplicación para celulares de la Guía de aves de Argentina, por suerte trabajando en equipo se adelanta el trabajo bastante pero aún […]

Aug 312016
 
Lions sync when they ovulate - but people don't

While researching lions in Zambia, biologist Thandiwe Mweetwa noticed that lionesses within a pride will all have cubs around the same time. When she looked into it further, Mweetwa learned lionesses sync their fertility cycles so that they can all raise their young together. There’s a reason for that. “Synchronized estrus is thought to increase […]

Aug 302016
 
Balearics at Dungeness and a Bonaparte's at Oare

Birding has been very limited of late save a quick trip to Fairlop in the the week to catch the local Hoopoe so today we decided on a trip to Dunge for a spot of early morning sea watching. Arriving at 6.30am we were rewarded for a two hour stint with several Arctic Skua, three […]

Aug 302016
 
POLL: Should microplastics be banned in cosmetics?

Cosmetics companies must be banned from using plastic microbeads in scrubs, toothpaste and beauty products because of the marine pollution they are causing, say a group of MPs. Members of the environmental audit committee have called for a ban within 18 months after hearing that trillions of tiny pieces of plastic are accumulating in the […]

Aug 292016
 
Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part II

The Whimbrel that had been reported daily at Carlos Pointe for nearly a week prior to my visit was of course not guaranteed to be there. The Whimbrel was difficult to identify as it was found to be loafing with its bill hidden in its right wing while surrounded by Marbled Godwits and Willets. The […]

Aug 292016
 
Storms devastate monarch butterflies' habitat in Mexico

Storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7% of the monarchs, according to conservationists. Rain, cold and high winds from the storms caused the loss of 133 acres (54 hectares) of pine and fir trees in […]

Aug 282016
 
Birding the Abha Area

Whilst birding the Abha area recently we went to Azeeza to look for Blandford’s Short-toed Larks as birds had been seen here by us in previous years. The area has had some building and construction work done in the last couple of years and despite quite extensive searching we failed to find any birds. Very […]

Aug 282016
 
POLL: Should Australia's wild horses be culled?

A plan to cull more than 5,000 brumbies in the Snowy Mountains has received the support of leading scientists from around Australia. Forty-one scientists from 16 universities have written to the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, to support the proposed cull of 90% of the brumby population in Kosciuszko national park. They are backing […]

Aug 272016
 
Dirtballin'

How embarrassing. I am still here, sort of. Been out at a really remote field site the last couple months and am venturing (somewhat unwillingly and very awkwardly) back into society at the moment. I had my first real shower in two months just yesterday- HA! I’m a huge dirtball and I just don’t care. […]

Aug 272016
 
POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on fur farms?

Fur seems to be making a high fashion comeback, the September issue of National Geographic reports. “The current revival is a story of the fur trade responding to its critics and often outmaneuvering them, combined with increased demand from the newly wealthy in China, South Korea, and Russia,” writes Richard Conniff. After the animal welfare […]

Aug 262016
 
Mystery of Bizarre Bird Deformities May Be Solved

Anchorage, Alaska – Scientists working with sophisticated DNA sequencing technology think they may have solved a 20-year-old mystery of what has caused thousands of Alaska’s wild birds to be afflicted with deformed, twisted beaks. The findings suggest that a newly discovered virus – poecivirus – may be the culprit behind the bizarre beak deformities in […]

Aug 252016
 
Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I

Although there was a very welcome breeze at dawn on the morning of 11 August, I was not prepared to walk miles from Carlos Pointe at Big Carlos Pass along Little Estero Lagoon with the temperature already at 78 degrees. The primary purpose of my visit to the freshwater pool at Carlos Pointe was to […]