Ornithologists say 2013 will be viewed as the worst year ever recorded for one of Britain’s favourite farmland birds. They fear that there are now fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs of barn owls in England, following four years of extreme weather that have resulted in the population of the protected bird declining by more than […]
Who’d be a bird anyway? Chickens have bi-focal vision: one eye for the close-up work of pecking seed; one for the fox on the horizon or the hawk in the sky. Peregrine falcons don’t swoop directly on prey – as the crow flies, to coin a phrase – but in a wide arc, using the […]
The barn owl, an icon of the countryside and one of Britain’s most popular farmland birds, has suffered a catastrophic fall in numbers after a series of cold and wet springs and is now in “very serious trouble”, conservationists have warned. The Barn Owl Trust said a run of extreme weather events since 2009 had […]
Allen Cay in the Bahamas, an important breeding site for Audubon’s Shearwater and home of an eponymous endemic iguana, has been declared free of the invasive house mice which were threatening both species. “This announcement is a major milestone for the recovery of Allen Cay, and we plan to replicate this success on other islands […]
This week an extraordinary animal paid a visit to our shores. The elegant and lightning-fast white-throated needletail breeds mostly in China and migrates to Australia, so it was unusual sight dancing around the Isle of Harris in Scotland. The spectacle attracted birders from across the country and created a flurry of activity online as the […]
One of the UK’s rarest birds is being put at further risk by the cold spring, the RSPB has said. The bodies of eight underweight stone curlews have been discovered in fields in Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire over the past few days. The birds are thought to have come from Africa and Spain but struggled […]
Whilst freezing my rocks off in a hide nr North Duffield, N. Yorkshire where a Bittern had been seen over the past week this day time hunting Barn Owl flew just close enough to capture. Given the poor light I was relatively pleased with these shots.