Mar 102018
Finally in the (Norwegian) bag - White-backed Pecker

Before today White-backed Woodpecker was one of three species of regular breeder on the Norwegian mainland that I had not seen in Norway with the other 2 being Stonechat and Leaches Petrel. Norway has a very important population of White-backed Pecker but these birds are all in the west of Norway and have eluded me […]

Mar 072018
Birds Sleep in Giraffe Armpits, New Photos Reveal

The best way to guarantee breakfast in bed for some small African birds is falling asleep on your dinner plate—even if it’s a giraffe’s armpit. Scientists have long known that yellow-billed oxpeckers hang out on massive African mammals like giraffe, water buffalo, and eland during the day—an often beneficial relationship that provides hosts with cleaner, […]

Mar 052015
Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air. The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the […]

Jan 222015
Carpintero copete amarillo (Blond-crested woodpecker) Celeus flavescens

Estas fotografías son tres claros ejemplos de que en muy contadas ocasiones las mejores tomas se obtienen en el momento mas impensado sin necesitar caminar para lograr un acercamiento con una especie determinada. Las fotos las obtuve en la Reserva Yateí en el mes de Octubre en horas de la siesta cuando me llevé un […]

Mar 182014
Rarity of Brazilian Bamboo: Kaempfer's Woodpecker

Once feared extinct, the Kaempfer’s Woodpecker was rediscovered in 2006, 80 years after its initial discovery. Long considered a subspecies of the Rufous-headed Woodpecker, the Kaempfer’s was recognized as a distinct species in 2003 based on differences in habitat, size, and plumage, combined with a large distance between the species’ ranges. (Read about another “rediscovered” […]

Jul 302013
Dozens of bird species could be slaughtered in New York

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a permit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to kill over 90 species of bird within New York State this year, ANIMAL has learned. The birds slated for killing include owls, herons, hawks, and woodpeckers, in addition to the slaughter of Canada geese that has been widely […]

Jun 152013
Purple Martins Building a Nest in a Woodpecker Hole in a Dead Snag

The Purple Martin (Progne subis) is a well known and popular bird in eastern North America where it breeds almost entirely in human-made martin houses. Only a few records of natural nestings east of the Rocky Mountains have been reported during the twentieth century1. Here in western North America however, where Purple Martins are less […]

Jun 122013
South Texas Photography Trip

Over the last several years, in a number of photography forums I follow, I kept seeing wonderful images from several of the photography ranches in south Texas. Each year I would say, I need to get down there. Well, last summer I decided to plan the trip. I asked three of my photog friends if […]

Jun 052013
A Bestiary ~ Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers

It seems there is a time warp for we must go back to an earlier posting to see the Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. You can read about them in my sixteenth installment of ‘A Bestiary . . . Tales from a Wildlife Garden’ over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.

Apr 072013
Costa Rica Photo Journal by Don Getty – Part 3 of 3

On Day 7 we were off to Arenal Observation Lodge, but stopped along the way at Las Iguanas restaurant for lunch and photographing Iguanas – both were quite good. The restaurant is along a river where the Iguanas congregate in the trees along the river banks and often come onto the restaurant property, just outside […]

Mar 192013
Wintering Birds of Lake Kawahara

Lake Kawahara is a small lake by the sea in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. It is not far from Kabashima, one of the best places for spring and autumn migrants. Lake Kawahara is particularly attractive to thrushes and starlings, but smaller passerines also winter here as there is plenty of shelter for them in the forests […]

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