Dec 152017
 
Carpintero real (Green-barred Woodpecker) Colaptes melanochloros

Aprovechando que tenía estas fotografías obtenidas recientemente y que pasaron mas de tres años sin que yo publique fotos mías del Carpintero real comarto hoy estas imágenes que pude obtener durante la mañana del 17 de Noviembre pasado en la Reserva del Arroyo Itá donde pude ser teestigo de un momento interesante compartido con dos […]

Dec 152017
 
After tragic shooting of escaped tiger, should France ban circus animals?

Within just a few days last month, both Italy and Ireland banned the use of performing animals in circuses on a national level, joining 11 other members of the European Union that have already done so. France, unfortunately, is not one of those countries. A couple of weeks later, an 18-month-old tiger named Mevy escaped […]

Dec 142017
 
Returning Pied Kingfisher and White-throated Kingfisher – Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area recently I came across a female Pied Kingfisher. This species is now becoming an uncommon winter visitor to the Jubail area with birds seen every winter for the last four years. The weather was very poor with overcast conditions so the photo is not the best but they are always […]

Dec 142017
 
Trump slashes size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah

Donald Trump was widely condemned on Monday for drastically shrinking two national monuments, representing the biggest elimination of public lands protection in US history. The president modified designations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, potentially opening the land to big corporate developers and the oil and gas industry. The move – a repudiation […]

Dec 132017
 
Super Whoopers

At the end of last month I visited the Pilling and Cockerham area of Lancashire. This area is visited in the winter months by large flocks of pink footed geese and whooper swans. There are rich pickings to be had in the fields with left over remains of potato and other vegetable crops. This winter […]

Dec 132017
 
POLL: Should there be an EU-wide domestic ivory ban?

The EU has traditionally been a global leader in tackling the problem of wildlife trafficking and in encouraging other countries to take action. Last year it published a far-reaching Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, which set out a comprehensive list of actions to address the problem. So why is it dragging its heels when it […]

Dec 122017
 
Serengeti hooves

The annual migration of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. The Serengeti is well known for its vast herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate in a clockwise route from Ndutu in the south around February and March up along the western […]

Dec 122017
 
Trump’s indecision on trophy hunting reignites heated debate

On November 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on the U.S. import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The president put a hold on the order two days later, calling trophy hunting in a tweet a “horror show.” He has yet to make a final determination regarding the USFWS order. […]

Dec 112017
 
Tigers sun bathing in Tadoba

As my safari vehicle drove into Tadoba National Park for one last time on this trip, I couldn’t help but replay in my mind, all the fantastic sightings that Matt and I had been blessed with, over the days that we had been here. Matt’s first Tiger sighting happened in the Junone buffer zone. We […]

Dec 112017
 
POLL: Should babies be allowed to buy hunting licenses?

On November 13, a law went into effect in Wisconsin permitting hunters of any age to carry a weapon while participating in a mentored hunt. Yes, you read that right: any age. Subsequently, 10 licenses have been sold to children under the age of 1, three licenses were sold to one-year-olds; four were sold to […]

Dec 102017
 
Winter visitors – Jubail

Whilst birding Jubail recently I have come across a number of winter visitors to the region. Common Kestrel is an uncommon passage migrant but numbers build up in the winter months when they can be seen in various locations. Isabelline Wheatear numbers also increase as winter wears on and they can be seen along the […]

Dec 102017
 
These Rhino Poachers Deserve the Harshest Punishment

Too often, when poachers slaughter endangered and rare animals, they get away with their crimes. That’s why we’re calling on South African officials to prosecute a trio of poachers they have in custody as harshly as possible with this Care2 petition. On 11/26, poachers killed three rhinos in Kruger National Park. The small bit of […]

Dec 092017
 
Fiofío Silbón (White-crested Elaenia) Elaenia albiceps

Vamos a reactivar un poco la carga de especies y de archibos que se obtuvieron durante las pasadas vacaciones de verano por los integrantes del grupo porque ya está finalizando el año 20017 y se me van a juntar las especies con las que se puedan obtener durante este verano. Hoy les presento al Fiofío […]