Coming Home from Uganda

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Uganda. I finished my packing during the heady days of the World Series and the glorious aftermath of my beloved Chicago Cubs winning it all, and left the morning after my hometown held a parade that drew an estimated five million people, united in a way Americans never […]

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Champions of high-altitude flight

From the roof of Chiu monastery, perched high on its rocky hill, the water of Lake Manasarovar was cobalt, the surrounding hills rich ochre, luminous in the sunlight of a late autumn afternoon. With a shoreline 55 miles (90km) long, and at an altitude of more than 4,500 metres (15,000ft), this is one of the […]

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Pygmy Owl

I kept to Maridalen again (and why not?). Much was the same as yesterday with the Scaup and Tufteds still on the lake but in a different bay (water levels have risen quite a lot after recent rain so feeding conditions may be changing). The recent rain combined with a return to freezing temperatures left […]

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POLL: Should the bear bile trade ban be strictly enforced?

In 2005, the Vietnamese government made it illegal to extract bile from bears. But the illegal trade in bear bile and gall bladder is still going strong, more than ten years after the ban, according to a new report. The unending demand for bear parts is driving two bear species — Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) […]

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Take me to the place where the white boys dance…

To kick off this post, I have to apologise to the band “The Killers”, whose song title made a perfect title for this photo and its resulting blog post. As you may know, we recently returned from an amazing family safari-camping-roadtrip through some of the most iconic places in Namibia. One of the destinations was […]

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Hawaiian honeycreeper birds at risk of extinction from avian malaria

In the rugged mountain forests of Kaua’i, colorful birds called honeycreepers are dying out. Usually protected by the cooler temperatures found at higher altitudes, the birds are now victims of malaria-carrying mosquitoes that have crept upward as temperatures rise. Honeycreeper populations declined an average of 68 percent in the core of their preferred range on […]

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Yetapá de collar (Strange-tailed Tyrant) Alectrurus risora

Año 2016….Provincia de Corrientes….Ruta 40 pasando Colonia Pelegrini; un nuevo registro para el grupo de esta emblemática especie de ave de pastizal. En los últimos 100 años el Yetapá de collar (Alectrurus risora, Tyrannidae) ha reducido su distribución original en un 90% debido a la desaparición de los pastizales naturales de Argentina. En la actualidad […]

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British farmland bird bounces back from brink of extinction

One of Britain’s most threatened farmland birds has reached a major milestone in its recovery from the brink of extinction, figures show. A nationwide survey by the RSPB shows the UK population of the cirl bunting – a small, finch-like bird – has reached 1,078 pairs after numbering just 118 in 1989. The RSPB said […]

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Lechuza estriada (Mottled Owl) Strix virgata

Nuestras salidas nocturnas de observación y fotografía de aves por el sur de nuestra provincia comenzaron a rendir sus frutos; días pasados los amigos Javier Lucho y Nico mientras recorrían nuestros lugares habituales que estamos reelevando pudieron encontrarse por primera vez con una espectacular lechuza estriada. Antes de la medianoche del día 09 de Octubre […]

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VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 26 Nov 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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