Crested Hawk Eagle in Pench

Keeping in mind that it had been a few years since we visited Pench National Park, we planned a trip there for a couple of days on-route to Tadoba National Park. It was peak summer in Central India; the temperatures were soaring and hovering in the mid 40s (centigrade) when we started our first afternoon […]

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Amazing Discovery: Yucatan Bird’s IQ – Superior to Humans’

We have all heard or used the expression “Bird-Brain.” Birds have comparatively small brains, and because of that we humans place them at a very low level of intelligence. Yes, we recognize that we can train birds of certain species to react to a limited assortment of commands, but animal science has, until now, been […]

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Scientists witness first reported case of killer-whale infanticide

Scientists in the Canadian province of British Columbia have documented what is believed to be the first reported case of an orca whale killing an infant of the same species. “We knew right away that this was a remarkable event,” said Jared Towers, a Cetacean researcher with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, of the encounter he […]

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Eastern Orphean Warbler – Jebal Hamrah

Whilst birding Jebal Hamrah in early March I saw a male Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris in a small shrub in one of the wide wadies along the bottom of the escarpment near Judah. This species is a scarce passage migrant to all areas, rather common in the west but rare in the Gulf, with […]

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Slow Loris Traffickers Get Historic Sentences in Indonesia

Animal advocates are celebrating a landmark ruling against wildlife traffickers who were arrested last fall in Indonesia after they were caught in connection with a criminal network trading endangered slow lorises. The operation, which was part of an effort to dismantle an illegal wildlife trafficking network that was using Facebook to sell wildlife, was carried […]

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Collared Scops Owls in Pench

Pench National Park, in Madhya Pradesh, India is yet another Tiger Reserve known for some spectacular sightings of the majestic animal. During our visit there, we stayed at Taj Bhagvan, a lovely property on the fringes of the national park. During our safari, we had evinced interest in sighting not just the Tiger, but also […]

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California Man Killed Over 135 Birds in State’s Worst Raptor Poaching Case

Someone near the town of Standish in Northern California fortunately took the adage, “See something, say something,”to heart and called a poaching hotline when they saw Richard Parker shoot a hawk on his 80-acre property near the Nevada border. Parker hadn’t killed only the one hawk. As a game warden walked up to Parker’s front […]

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Sparrowhawk

The temperature reached a barmy +6C today (although is still below zero at night) and at Bygdøy on south facing slopes there was actually snow free ground at the base of trees – so there is hope! No new birds have discovered this though as the cold northerly winds will put off any thoughts of […]

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