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 […]

Dec 082017
 
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters – Jubail

This autumn there have been large numbers of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters passing over Jubail as well as many other areas of the Eastern Province. The species is a common passage migrant through the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia with good numbers of birds passing in the spring as well as the autumn. Numbers are commoner in […]

Dec 082017
 
Land of the birds: why Australia has the world's greatest diversity of avian life

If you live in Australia, you may not realise how unique and special the birds around you are. Our continent was perhaps the most important for the evolution of modern birds, with a majority of the world’s species tracing their ancestry here. Long ecologically adrift as an island continent, Australia benefited through the evolution of […]

Dec 072017
 
Bailarín naranja (Band-tailed manakin) Pipra fasciicauda

Durante el pasado mes de Julio Luis viajó al Brasil unos días, estuvo en el estado de Mato grosso (Pantanal Norte) y en la primer etapa de su viaje se instaló en la Ciudad de Cuiabá. Allí pudo conocer el Parque nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães, este parque se localiza en el municipio de Chapada […]

Dec 072017
 
Asian Elephants Are Now Being Killed for Their Skin

The smell was ghastly and the sight even worse. Twenty-five elephants lay dead in a riverbed in the Ayeyawady (Irrawaddy) delta in southwestern Myanmar. “The stench is what led villagers to the bodies in the first place,” says Aung Myo Chit, the Smithsonian Institution’s Myanmar country coordinator, who also leads a local NGO, Growth for […]

Dec 062017
 
Serengeti raptors

Mid-September in the Serengeti is early spring. This is too early for most of the raptor migrants, so we saw mainly residents. Migrants such as Steppe Eagles had not yet arrived. The raptors in the Serengeti at this time of the year were Tawny and Bateleur Eagles, Martial Eagles, Long Crested Eagles, an array of […]

Dec 062017
 
Is this Guam bird coming back from extinction in the wild?

It suffered deadly declines due to an environmental blunder by the military, then was rescued from the jaws of extinction by conservationists. This year it endured the threat of a missile strike, but what does the future hold for the Guam Rail? Earlier this year, the world held its breath as North Korea’s crosshairs were […]

Dec 052017
 
Mondo Ponds Nature Preserve Trail

Mondo Ponds Nature Preserve is located in Milford, Connecticut only minutes from I-95 and dozens of other highly valued birding venues. Images presented in this blog article were capture on a pair of visits made to the trail, one in late October and one in late November. While the preserve constitutes nearly 36 acres, I […]

Dec 052017
 
Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, Due to Climate Change

Trophy hunters, as well as poachers who “harvest” the big males—antelopes and deer with the largest horns and antlers, elephants with the longest tusks, or lions with the most impressive manes—are putting those species at greater risk of extinction with climate change. That’s the finding of a new study published today by researchers at Queen […]

Dec 042017
 
Suckling Zebra calf, Spur Fowl, Bustard, Lion and more at Amboseli

While the Zebra calf suckling its mother, that we sighted at the Amboseli National Parkwas the highlight of this post, this safari had other wonderful photography moments that we cherished. One such moment was when we spotted the Yellow-throated Spurfowl. With its gorgeous banded eyes and yellow throat, it made for a beautiful capture. The […]