A Butterfly Break

Tired of grey February skies? Here’s a nice butterfly from warmer and brighter times last year. It’s an American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis. Its upper side is black and orange with white spots and a touch of purple in some of the spots on the hind wing.          

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POLL: Should the trafficking of all wildlife be banned?

The “year of the monkey” dawned recently in China – and with it, a trendy new exotic pet. Pygmy marmosets are all the rage among China’s wealthy elite, who are forgoing legality and snapping up baby monkeys at around $4,500 (£3,200) each. The internet has exploded with photos of the so-called “thumb monkeys,” while conservationists […]

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Aguilucho colorado (Savanna Hawk) Buteogallus meridionalis

De nuestros últimos viajes al Club Refugio Ombú rescaté estas dos fotografías que elegí para compartir hoy, en la primera toma pueden ver a un Aguilucho colorado adulto perchando al costado del camino de acceso al club, y en la segunda un individuo juvenil fotografiado por Nicolás dentro de las instalaciones del club.     […]

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150,000 penguins die after giant iceberg renders colony landlocked

An estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins living in Antarctica have died after an iceberg the size of Rome became grounded near their colony, forcing them to trek 60km to the sea for food. The penguins of Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay used to live close to a large body of open water. However, in 2010 a […]

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Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse – Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area 12 February, Phil Roberts and I saw a Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus. This was a new species for the Eastern Province for me although Phil had seen one previously. They are a common and widespread breeding resident on the Tihamah and southern Red Sea coastlands, less common in the Northern […]

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VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 27 Feb 2016

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. Voting is easy and lots of 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.   […]

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Daily Dose of PIKA

Ohhh. I guess I may have scared some people off with my last few rants about Malheur and grazing, huh? Guess that’s what happens when you give a damn. “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul” my friends. Passion, it’s healthy. Truth and justice, I like it. (Below: the tiniest pika I’ve seen […]

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POLL: Should the killing of birds in Southern Europe be allowed to continue?

Jonathan Franzen’s 2015 film “Emptying the Skies” about the illegal trapping of songbirds along the Mediterranean coast does a thorough, sobering job of covering what is a pretty grotesque practice. Once again our blog is sponsoring “The Dutch Knights” in the “Champions of the Flyway” event on 29th March 2016. They will line up in […]

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Study identifies parrots as most-threatened bird group

Scientists, including staff from BirdLife International and the Australian National University, have published new research indicating that parrots (Psittaciformes) are among the most threatened groups of bird species, with 28% of extant species (111 out of 398) classified as globally threatened on the IUCN Red List. On average, the study confirms that parrots are more […]

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