Sep 152017
 
Woodchat Shrike at Sodbury Common

With the Jims needing the Woodchat Shrike for a life tick we headed off up the M4 this morning in search of that tick. Arriving on Sodbury Common at 7ish we got lucky as we pulled up next to the finder and received detailed advise on where to look as he walked on to work […]

Aug 312017
 
The Levante winds of Spring - Spain 2017

I lead a tour group from the the US Audubon Naturalist Society in April to southern Spain. We had a great time apart from the awful windy weather. The famous Levante wind just would not stop for almost the whole eight days. We did however have a great time, saw lots of birds and other […]

Jul 182017
 
African Fish Eagle of Amboseli National Park

The abundance of water bodies makes Amboseli National Park a birding paradise. And this particular morning safari was all about birds for us. This was one of the rare instances when an African Fish Eagle let us get a little closer and made it as the feature subject of this post.         […]

Jan 112017
 
Facing 2017

Next month I’m celebrating the 2-year anniversary of my heart attack or, in medical parlance, my acute myocardial infarction. Having survived it at all, and especially having recognized my bizarrely mild symptoms in time so the damage was limited, makes me exceptionally lucky. Having the medical insurance to get superior care during the emergency and […]

Dec 082016
 
14 Incredible photos of African predators in action

Africa’s iconic predators—lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs—are most known for being cunning, stealthy, and vicious. But these meat-eaters are often misunderstood. The fiercely loyal African wild dog lives in close-knit packs, caring for the babies of the matriarch and patriarch, communicating by touch, and nurturing those who are sick or injured. Vultures rarely attack […]

Apr 222016
 
Ulcinj Salina's salt pans could be saved by the very birds it protects

From being an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), to almost being turned into a hotel and golf courses, to now possibly becoming an eco resort, the battle for the Montenegrin salt pans of Ulcinj Salina among the government, conservationists and a private company has been a roller coaster ride, to say the least. But […]

Aug 222015
 
Flamenco austral (Chilean Flamingo) Phoenicopterus chilensis

Durante el mes de Junio pasado Luis viajó hacia la Provincia de Neuquén con su esposa; Gladys debía defender su tesis en la Universidad nacional del Comahue y el amigo aprovechó semejante vuelta al país para fotografiar todo lo que se pueda. Un viaje tan largo en el que recorrió casi 7000 kilómetros, y varias […]

Dec 292014
 
Cuba Trip Report

What a thrill to spend these past three weeks on the beautiful island of Cuba. I can’t say enough about the fantastic country, its friendly people and of course the many great wildlife photography opportunities.  I am very happy to have had the experience of travelling around this country before it changes. In some ways […]

Dec 232014
 
Bird News!

There is big news in the bird world this week. For the last four years, hundreds of scientists in an international group called the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium have been sequencing bird genomes. They sequenced the DNA of 45 extant birds and a few crocodilians, and combined that with three previously sequenced bird genomes and then […]

May 192014
 
Spain's wetlands wonder is under threat for a second time in 16 years

The view from the visitors’ centre at the southern edge of Doñana national park is striking, to say the least. From its plate-glass windows, you gaze – over a small lake ringed with bulrushes – at a group of tamarisk bushes covered with squawking, screeching birdlife. Cattle egrets, night herons, purple herons and glossy ibis […]

Sep 272013
 
More news and updates from Eilat region

September is here and there are certainly many birds around! While Waders are coming in big numbers and variety, it is great to see also many new passerines moving through. The most thrilling for me was a bird i found last Friday (probably as a 40th birthday gift for myself) – a beautiful Grasshopper Warbler(only […]