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In nature there are many types of interactions; mutualism where both organisms benefit, competition where both organisms may be negatively affected, commensalism where one benefits and the other is not affected, competition where each organism is affected negatively, and predation/parasitism/herbivory where one species benefits and the other is negatively affected. Thanks to all the photographers...

Birds as a group have great variety which makes for wonderful photographs. They are characterised by feathers, lightweight bones, and laying hard-shelled eggs. As a group they are very diverse appearing in varying shapes, sizes, and colours, and are distributed worldwide. Thanks to all the photographers that submitted bird photos, your pictures can create awareness...

A big thank you to everyone that participated in our photographic themes in 2018, we hope to see more of your photos, and new photographers throughout the coming year. All the best for birding in 2019. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos for the January theme, your pictures can create awareness about...

This year’s focus has been the Year of the Bird which marks 100 years since the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as part of this campaign we have had bird photo submissions from all over the world throughout the year, and shared as many interesting and diverse photos as we could. “Birds are...

Raptors are carnivorous birds that are physically and behaviourally adapted to hunt their particular prey which ranges from fish, to lizards and snakes, to small mammals and birds. The adaptations this group of birds use include hooked bills, excellent binocular vision, strong muscles, and sharp talons, all of which make killing their prey easier. Thanks...

It was the year when the Serengeti National Park’s music, or at least one section in its chorus-of-the-wild, died. In 1991, the twitters and whines of African wild dogs went strangely silent in Tanzania’s iconic protected area. Scientists began tracking wild dogs, also called painted wolves, here in 1964. Over the next quarter-century, researchers watched...

Feathers vary widely in their shape and size and are one of the defining characteristics of birds. Feathers perform many functions for birds which include flight in most species, thermoregulation, waterproofing in marine species, and communication and camouflage via their colour. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of bird feathers, your pictures...

Forests are very productive ecosystems accounting for a third of the Earth’s primary productivity. This productivity, and their many layers from forest floor to canopy, make them a great habitat for many bird species across the globe. Worldwide however anthropogenic factors such as logging, introduced invasive species, and land conversion for agriculture, have reduced the...

Mountains provide habitats for many birds. Mountain ecosystems have adapted to their specific environmental conditions which makes them sensitive to environmental change. Birds that use mountain habitats have adapted to these conditions and are thus also sensitive to environmental change; in many mountain areas habitat change has resulted in the reduction of liveable habitats for...

Birds have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, they are found on all continents and use many types of habitats, however as humans change many of these habitats birds have had to either adapt, or suffer. Many species have been able to adapt to human habitation and changing habitats, but many species have...

Parrots are a colourful group of birds found in most tropical and subtropical regions where they use cool temperate habitats. Their diet varies depending on the species, but many feed on vegetable matter, fruits, seeds, and nectar and pollen, with some species using their feet to hold onto their food while they feed. Parrots are...

Rivers and lakes are important habitats for many bird species because they provide food in the form of fish and aquatic invertebrates, shelter made from aquatic vegetation, and nesting sites within the aquatic vegetation that are sheltered from view. In some areas the water levels of rivers and lakes may vary with rainfall causing their...

Birds make use of plumage colouration and behaviour to conceal themselves from potential predators or prey, this is known as camouflage. In some species plumage colouration will match the surrounding environment, while patterns such as countershading reduce the shadow on the bird’s underside making it less visible. Certain behaviours such as crouching low to the...

Exploring our Sanctuary at the Gulf of the Farallones is a gift of Nature. Like many gifts, sometimes you don’t quite get what you ask for. In this case, as our vessel the Silver Fox pulled into Fisherman’s Cove, we were greeted by the usual welcoming committee of cavorting California sea lions, but also by...

Herons, egrets and bitterns as a group are varied and have a worldwide distribution, but are common in the tropics. These wading birds are often associated with both fresh and coastal water where they feed at the edge of lakes, rivers, and the sea on aquatic prey including fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Some species may specialise...