Mar 172018
Corbatita blanco (White-bellied Seedeater) Sporophila leucoptera

Una vez mas retomamos la actividad escolar del presente año y coincidiendo con el pasado vuelvo a tener disponible unas 3 horas libres durante la mañana del viernes, y como es habitual las utilizo siempre y cuando el clima lo permita para sacar fotos. Hoy me fuí a la Reserva del Arroyo Itá en donde […]

Mar 172018
Why Is New Zealand Releasing a Rabbit-Killing Virus?

Wild rabbits are considered pests in New Zealand, and they reportedly cause substantial damage to pastoral land. The country has now decided to release a virus to cull rabbits, but environmentalists warn that this is a serious mistake. In late February, officials agreed to release the virus — known as rabbit hemorrhagic virus disease, or […]

Mar 162018
Cats and Vultures of Kruger Park

On our last full day in Kruger Park (February 16th) we spent some quality time with a pride of Lions not far from Satara, along the famous S100 track, by a waterhole. When we got there a few cars had already assembled, but it wasn’t too bad. I managed to maneuver myself into a good […]

Mar 162018
POLL: Should cosmetics testing on animals be banned nationwide?

Four years ago this month, the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), aka HCA, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation would ban the torturing and killing of animals to test the safety of cosmetics products. During these tests, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs and other animals are subjected to cruel and painful procedures, […]

Mar 152018
Ñacundá (Nacunda Nighthawk) Chordeiles nacunda

Pocas son las ocasiones en las que durante una cacería fotográfica de aves se alinean los planetas y todas las condiciones quedan del lado del fotógrafo. Cuando una especie en particular nos sobrevuela cerca como este ñacundá, teniendo el sol a nuestra espalda, y un fondo despejado para ayudar a que el enfoque sea rápido, […]

Mar 152018
The Chain Reaction on Nature of a Lack of Education or Knowledge

Everyone loves to get close to wild animals right? That feeling of wow am I really doing this, is that wild *animal* really that close. That’s what goes through my mind when something is a reasonable size to see the detail in hair/ feathers/ scales in my 300mm +1.4 converter (I’m incredibly short and a […]

Mar 152018
Jaguars killed for fangs to supply growing Chinese medicine trade

Conservationists who have uncovered a growing illegal trade in jaguar fangs in South America are linking it to Chinese construction projects that could be threatening wildlife globally. Experts say major Chinese power plant, road and rail works in developing nations are key stimulants of illicit trade in the skins, bones and horns of endangered animals. […]

Mar 152018
Colorful Birds of Kruger Park

Watching Wood Pigeons and Blackbirds digging in the snow out of my window now, but my head and heart are still in South Africa. Luckily those images keep the memories fresh and warm. On February 16th we drove around Satara, to the south and to the east. We left very early, especially for big mammals. […]

Mar 142018
POLL: Should Norway be sanctioned for boosting its whaling quota?

Norway has announced a 28% increase of its annual whaling quota to 1,278 whales in a bid to revive the declining hunt amid international controversy. Whalers have for several years failed to meet the quotas set by Oslo and the number of whaling boats has plunged. “I hope the quota and the merging of fishing […]

Mar 132018
Trump Backtracks on Elephant Trophy Ban – This Must Be Stopped

Late last year, the White House announced that it would get rid of a ban on elephant trophy imports, and immediately the American public became outraged that the Trump administration would allow such cruelty. A couple months later, President Donald Trump himself called that idea “terrible” and it looked like African elephants would get a […]

Mar 122018
Pennington Marsh - 5th and 9th March

I visited Pennington Marsh on 5th and 9th March and on both days saw much the same. Its a pretty static time of year with winter birds steadily but barely noticeably declining and very few migrants appearing. The Lapwing are now in regular display and are busy making nesting scrapes on the marsh while Black-tailed […]

Mar 122018
POLL: Should Bobcats be kept on the Endangered Species List?

Bobcats in Indiana could be hunted and trapped again for the first time in decades, if a new proposal is enacted. Bobcats were nearly hunted to extinction by the mid 1900s. They were finally listed as endangered species in the state by the 1960s, and hunting them has been banned ever since. That protection has […]