Aug 302017
Small guests at the Giant’s Castle table

The vulture’s hide at Giant’s Castle is a raptor hide first and foremost. The setting on the edge of a middleberg ridge is spectacular. Placing the bones for the raptors, mainly for the Bearded Vultures, supplements their natural food sources which is diminishing due to loss of habitat and is the main purpose of the […]

Aug 102014
POLL: Marks and Spencer takes grouse off the shelves

Marks and Spencer has said it will not be selling red grouse this year after concerns about the how the game birds are sourced. Last year M&S sold red grouse on a trial basis in two stores, with a view to selling it in more stores next month when the shooting season begins. But the […]

Feb 132014
Pakistan urged to ban Arab sheikhs from hunting endangered birds

Pakistan is witnessing a mounting backlash against Arab sheikhs who spend part of their winters hunting a rare bird that conservationists warn is at risk of extinction. Activists in the country say they are determined to end the annual killing of houbara bustards, an elusive bird that migrates each winter from central Asia to Pakistan’s […]

Jan 282014
Why Are Birds of the Arctic in Decline?

With some species of Arctic birds experiencing steep drops in population and their prey also undergoing marked shifts, scientists are working to understand what role climate change is playing in these unfolding ecological transformations. On Coats Island, in northern Hudson Bay, thick-billed murres — members of the auk family — have been under assault on […]

Nov 262013
Review: Bird Sense: What it’s Like to be a Bird, by Tim Birkhead

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 […]

Sep 182013
Windhover Woes

“I caught this morning morning’s minion, kingdom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding high there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing. “ The year of 1877 saw the placing of pen to paper and the creation of “the Windhover” […]

Jun 302013
 Bird's Eye View of the Changing Climate

“The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever! The faint silvery warblings heard over the partially bare and moist fields from the bluebird, the song sparrow, and the red-wing, as if the last flakes of winter tinkled as they fell! What at such a time are histories, chronologies, traditions, and […]

Jun 182013
Summer time

Shachar Shalev (ourKiwi representative) has gone birding over the weekend and the following report shows that it is neverboringaround here. When there are few migrants, there is plenty of time to enjoy some of the region’s very interesting species… I Went out 5:30 in the morning not seriously expecting to find anything. I Started at […]

May 262013
New Study Says Stress from Human Activity Can Cause Urban Birds to Abandon Nests Ten Times More Often

A new study from scientists at Boise State University shows that even bird species considered “tolerant” of human activity, such as American Kestrels, may be adversely impacted by human disturbance to a far greater degree than many had believed. The study, authored by Erin H. Strasser and Julie A. Heath of Boise State University, was […]

Mar 252013
Ross’s Geese at Klamath National WIldlife Area, Miller Island Unit

A few weeks ago I took a ride up to the California/Oregon border to visit the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. You can read my posts on two of these refuges over at the Wildlife Conservation Stamp website. This state wildlife area is just south of the town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and is […]

Dec 302012
Drama at Oe

This morning at Oe I observed a Peregrine Falcon consistently attack an Eurasian Bittern. Although the falcon gained height and swooped down on a few occasions, it never actually “hit” the bittern – it kept breaking off its attack just before striking. I can only surmise that as it had lost the advantage of surprise, […]

Nov 042012
Kgalagadi: September 2009 (Part 1)

As I stated in my previous post, I will start updating my blog with some trip reports, back-dating to about middle 2009 to try and give you a better sense of my travels and the development of my photography over the years. As these trip reports become current, I will try and also keep up […]

Jul 162012
The Magical Land of Kutch, India - Birders Paradise - I

Miles and Miles of flat barren cracked land….No trees, no mountains, no streams, just barren emptiness…Imagine that, and you would have imagined paradise. Don’t agree with me, do you? ‘The Little Rann of Kutch’: This barren desolate land is the place to be for bird enthusiasts every winter. I have been visiting and re-visiting this […]