Jul 262017
 
POLL: Should the illegal Indonesian owl trade be closed down?

When you hear the words “Harry Potter,” certain indelible images come to mind. You likely remember Harry, Hermione and Ron. And you probably think of Hogwarts and all those fascinating professors of magic. But don’t forget the magnificent owls. You’d love to you get your mail delivered by a friendly owl, wouldn’t you? Of course, […]

Aug 112016
 
POLL: Should Thailand's illegal bird trade be stopped?

Thousands of birds are being sold — often illegally — in Thailand’s markets, a new study has found. On a single weekend in March 2015, researchers from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trademonitoring network, found a total of 117 species of birds on sale at the Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok, Thailand. These included nine species listed […]

Jun 162016
 
Ural Owl

Here are a few shots and a video of the Ural Owl that discovered me in the deep forests of Hedmark. It clearly had young nearby and the first I knew of the bird was when it brushed my head as it flew in to attack me/worn me off. I was quite nervous after this […]

Jan 042016
 
Wildlife catastrophe at Amazon dam a warning for future Tapajós dams

When the Balbina Dam was completed in 1986, it flooded primary forest in the state of Amazonas along Brazil’s Uatumã River, forming a massive reservoir speckled by 3,546 flood-induced islands. In 1990, the Reserva Biológica (REBIO) do Uatumã was established, protecting the entire 443,700 hectare (109,6427 acre) reservoir, dubbed Balbina Lake, along with the adjacent […]

Aug 252015
 
Owls use 'stealth technology' to help capture prey

Owls are equipped with highly developed stealth technology that helps them swoop on prey undetected, a study has shown. The nocturnal hunters have feathers that absorb aerodynamic sound and suppress the vibrations that occur when a bird beats its wings. During flight, an owl’s feathers extract mechanical energy and convert it into heat. The result […]

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 […]

Nov 252014
 
Poll: Should U.S. Government Kill Thousands of Birds to Save Salmon?

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she’ll be able to count […]

Aug 102014
 
POLL: Marks and Spencer takes grouse off the shelves

Marks and Spencer has said it will not be selling red grouse this year after concerns about the how the game birds are sourced. Last year M&S sold red grouse on a trial basis in two stores, with a view to selling it in more stores next month when the shooting season begins. But the […]

Mar 072014
 
Chile: Owls drafted in to fight deadly hantavirus

The nocturnal birds are predators of the long-tailed pygmy rice rat, carriers of the contagious disease which has killed 15 since February. In a summer which has seen the deadliest outbreak of hantavirus in five years, the National Forestry Service (Conaf) is looking to ramp up the deployment of one of its most unusual weapons […]