Picaflor picudo, Long-billed Starthroat, Heliomaster longirostris

Como es habitual en mi casa cuando aparece una nueva especie de picaflor la primera en fotografiarlo es mi señora y esto volvió a repetirse el día 18 de Septiembre pasado cuando recibo una llamada telefónica mientras me encontraba en la escuela. Luego de la descripción que me hizo Liliana creía estar sabiendo cual era […]

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Ornithologists Map Family Tree of Mysterious Cotinga Birds

Yale University ornithologists Prof Richard Prum and Jacob Berv have mapped out the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for the Neotropical cotingas – some of the brightest, loudest, oddest-looking birds in the world. There are more than 60 species of the cotingas, a highly diverse group of birds that make up the family Cotingidae. They […]

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Results: Best Photo of the Month Competition October 2014

We are delighted to announce the results of the Best Photo of the Month Competition for October 2014, which was sponsored by Vanguard Optics. First Prize of a Vanguard Spirit ED 8 x 42 binocular valued at £269.99 RRP (inc VAT) is awarded to Nancy Elwood for her outstanding image “Great Horned Owl Family”. Jose […]

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With death of rhino, only six northern white rhinos left on the planet

Rhino conservation suffered another tragic setback this weekend with the sudden death of Suni, a male northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Suni’s passing means there are only six northern white rhinos left in the world, and only one breeding male. “Consequently the species now stands at the […]

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Waterbuck Wink

I was trawling through my archives tonight, making space for new files by deleting files that are now 2+ years old that I haven’t touched yet, when I came across this photo. The species depicted is a Common Waterbuck, found throughout much of Southern Africa. The photo was taken in the Kruger National Park late […]

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Male Birds Poison Themselves to Appear Sexier – a First

The lengths we go to for love can sometimes be dramatic – and so it is for male great bustards (Otis tarda), whose daredevil diet of poisonous beetles may actually help them get a date, a new study reveals. Scientists already knew the large birds, which are native to parts of Europe and Asia, snack […]

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Ringmärkningen

Ringmärkningen har nu gått över 2000 fåglar märkta i år varav över 1000 är kungsfåglar verkar inte komma igång med siskorna så det blir nog lite tunt framöver med märkta fåglar. Dagen märkta sparvuggla den satt i nätet bland kungsfåglarna hade nog tänkt kalasa på dessa men fick istället en fin ring på sig. Sparvugglan […]

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POLL: Should Grey Squirrels be Culled in the UK?

The Prince of Wales has ordered a cull of the grey squirrel on his estate in an attempt to protect the indigenous red variety. “Humane and lawful” measures to control the population of greys, which carry a poxvirus that is deadly to red squirrels, have been introduced on the Duchy of Cornwall estate. The grey […]

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Swainson’s Hawks Are Threatened in California

The Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is listed as threatened in California. Its numbers have declined significantly in parts of the western United States; and in the western Canadian prairie, reproduction of the Swainson’s Hawk has dropped since the mid-1980s, following a decline in its main prey species, Richardson’s ground squirrel. In 1995, satellite telemetry was […]

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U.S. Indictment Accuses South African Brothers of Trafficking Rhino Horns

U.S. authorities today announced the indictment of the alleged kingpin of a South African rhino poaching and trafficking syndicate, Dawie Groenewald, and his brother, Janneman, and their company Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris on multiple charges, including conspiracy, money laundering, and wildlife crime. The Groenewald brothers own and operate Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris, an […]

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