Pico de plata, Spectacled tyrant, Hymenops perspicillatus

El Pico de plata fue la primer especie que pude fotografiar a los pocos metros de cruzar la primer tranquera del camino de acceso a la UC. Cambyretá; unos minutos antes me quedé con las ganas de fotografiar a una pareja de halcones que perchaban en los postes del costado del camino porque todavía la […]

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VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 31 May 2014

The “Best Photo of the Week” competition has been redesigned to make voting easier and a lot more fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images you like best of all and click the VOTE button at the bottom of the page.  After registering your vote you will […]

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Golden Eagle Genome Sequenced

“Having the golden eagle genome in hand could directly affect the way we make conservation and management decisions,” said Dr Jacqueline Doyle from Purdue University, the first author of the paper published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. The golden eagle is a dark brown raptor with a wingspan of up to 2.2 m. Males […]

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Marl Bed Flats, 5/22/2014

Yesterday morning I visited Marl Bed Flats again. I’m pretty amazed at how good this place has been in May. It’s given me several Seminole County firsts, including a Short-billed Dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper and now a Semipalmated Plover. Black-necked Stilts are still here, though in much smaller numbers; now only about 4 remain […]

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Right Whales Wronged

The waters of the mid-Atlantic are alive with sound. The snaps, squeaks, bubbles, pops, and whistles of marine life ring through the water, interspersed with the low calls of North Atlantic right whales. But this chorus of sound may soon be drowned out. Already the right whales’ calls are few and far between. The North […]

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Lions vs Giraffe: The Prelude

I’ve been putting off telling this story on my blog…but I feel that it’s time. In November 2013 I went on a very long safari-roadtrip with my lovely wife and our 2 young children. The destinations were to be the Etosha National Park in Namibia and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa. The story […]

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Why Fly? Flightless Bird Mystery Solved, Say Evolutionary Scientists

Large flightless birds are scattered across all but one of the world’s southern continents. Since Darwin’s era, people have wondered: How are they related? Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, and kiwis can’t fly. Unlike most birds, their flat breastbones lack the keel that anchors the strong pectoral muscles required for flight. Their puny wings can’t possibly […]

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After 89-year absence a wolf returns to Iowa and is shot dead

DNA testing has confirmed that an animal shot in February in Iowa’s Buchanan County was in fact a wolf, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This is the first confirmed gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the U.S. state since 1925. Experts believe the wolf likely traveled south from Wisconsin or Minnesota, the latter […]

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The American Oystercatcher

I was in a marsh down the shore in southern New Jersey last week. I had stopped the car to look at some distant shorebirds in the mud. Then I noticed these two oystercatchers very close. I don’t know how I had missed them. These large shorebirds are boldly patterned with black heads, white bellies, […]

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