Shooting lobby calls for five-year moratorium on duck hunting rules

The shooting lobby has called for a five-year moratorium on new duck hunting restrictions in Victoria, saying it would allow regulators to study the impact of hunting on duck and other waterfowl populations. The RSPCA has described the suggestion as “unbelievable” given the wealth of data, collected by the University of NSW annual aerial bird […]

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Sirirí pampa (White-faced whistling-Duck) Dendrocygna viduata

No fueron muchas las ocasiones en las que pudimos fotografiar patos al costado del camino de acceso al Club Refugio Ombú en la Provincia de Corrientes; durante las últimas veces que fuimos a la casa de Luis debido a las lluvias que tuvieron lugar en los últimos meses del año pasado algunos charcos aumentaron bastante […]

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Tufted Ducks

I photographed this pair of tufted ducks in a pond in a park in London where they are common. The male’s eyes are bright yellow, his beak is blue with a black tip, and he has a conspicuous tuft of feathers on the back of his head from which the species gets its common name. […]

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Shooting ducks is not the way to conserve our coastlines

The threat facing the Dwyfor estuary at Llanystumdwy (Jim Perrin, Country diary, 12 October) is just one example of the assault on British foreshores by the wildfowl lobby. Last year alone wildfowling clubs gained shooting rights over 30,000 acres of UK foreshore, according to the BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation), and a staggering […]

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New Ducks in the Park

I was walking in Brooklyn Bridge Park last week, descending the north-most path in the water gardens. I heard plop plop. Two ducks had slipped from the little bridge into the water. They were two of three almost fully-grown immature mallard ducks with an adult female. They all looked at me for a moment, then […]

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The Duck Stamp Brings in a Lot of Money

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), in their 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation report, there are approximately 13.7 million hunters in the United States and nearly 71.8 million wildlife watchers. Of those 13.7 million hunters, only 2.6 million hunt migratory birds and only about 1.3 million hunt waterfowl. […]

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Last week in wildlife – in pictures

Fighting siskins, zebra-snouted seahorses and the world’s oldest wombat feature in last week’s pick of images from the natural world. This article was written and published by the Guardian UK.   Tweet

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King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)

One of the prettiest ducks that winter in the Massachusetts area is the King Eider. Over the last few years, I’ve been looking for the King Eider, in order to obtain some decent photographs of this beautiful bird. A few years ago, on a birding festival on Cape Ann, I saw the bird and obtained […]

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