Gamekeeper sentenced for poisoning birds as judge warns landowners

A judge has warned Britain’s rural aristocracy that they must take responsibility for the actions of their employees after a gamekeeper was sentenced for poisoning birds of prey. The RSPB described the killing of 11 birds of prey by Allen Lambert, former gamekeeper at the Stody estate near Holt in Norfolk, as the worst case […]

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The Eurasian eagle owl

Bubo bubo – Protected in France since 1964, it is the largest nocturnal top predator with its 75 cm high. Uncomfortable in broad day light its vision is unbelievable, it hunts at dawn and dusk; omnivorous, it eats anything alive including snakes, birds, fish, beetles, rodents and even fawns thanks to very strong claws. More […]

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VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 29 Nov 2014

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image:  Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) perched on a branch in Costa Rica by Glenn Bartley Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images […]

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Daily Dose of Cute

Hey hey! A long-tailed weasel! I saw this little friend while hanging out in PikaLand. My patience level can be pretty limited sometimes, but not when it comes to pikas, so I was rewarded by them and this long-tailed weasel, who was really curious about what I was, who I was, and what the hell […]

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Poll: Should the Hunting of Trumpeter Swans in the Mississippi Flyway be Legalized ?

Members of seven Chippewa Indian tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are allowed to hunt for swans during a two-month season that started Saturday. It represents the first legal swan hunt in the Mississippi Flyway and the first hunt anywhere that allows trumpeter swans to be legally killed. While swan lovers have been critical of […]

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Video: On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers

At dawn the bush comes to life. Birds sing, a lion roars and a tiny deer steps gingerly past my veranda. As the first rays of light touch the acacias, there is a soft voice by the canvas and a tea tray is set out. Soon after sunrise, I grab my camera and climb on […]

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Dark-eyed Junco

This past week I was in St.Louis, and I had no time for any birding, but I did walk around the campus where I was working looking to see what may be lurking around. I didn’t see anything unusual, but it was nice to see many White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos, which we don’t get […]

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