Bird Watch

When last did you share a wild bird photograph? Frogmouths, skimmers, lovebirds, toucanets, monarchs and jacobins… A not-to-miss collection of wild bird photographs! The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available...

Birds-of-paradise, skimmers, sunbirds, bee-eaters and kingfishers… The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available DSLR cameras and “point-and-shoots” that get stunning results. Just 50 years ago digital photography had...

This year has seen a dramatic increase in vulture poisonings particularly in southern Africa. At current levels many species of African vulture will become extinct within our lifetimes. Since May at least 1,500 White-backed, Cape, Lappet-faced, and Hooded Vultures have perished at carcasses laced with cyanide, and carbofuran (Furadan) and carbosulfan pesticides.  Poisoning of carcasses...

Wild birds are descended from the time of the dinosaurs. They have seen the continents drift apart, saying goodbye to long-lost cousins as the oceans widened between them. They have managed to occupy almost all terrestrial ecosystems and can even swim better than most fish. They followed the insects into the sky to take advantage...

‘Show me where the jackal bit you’ was the first thing my six-year old gleefully asked when I returned from a week in the field.  No hugs, no ‘I missed you’, just show me your wound.  Clearly, he watches too many predator shows on Nat Geo Wild and I was just one more victim with...

There are two things I need while trapping vultures, good company and chocolate. Fortunately, I managed the first one, but unfortunately for my trapping partner I overlooked the second. The media’s portrayal of the work of wildlife biologists is unapologetically deceptive. The exciting moments of the capture and handling of a live, often furry, creature...

Watch at eagle-cam-live   Live from the nation’s capital: Recently hatched bald eagles nesting high in a tree on the grounds of the Metropolitan Police Academy in Southwest Washington can be viewed right now on the National Geographic website. A webcam provided by the National Geographic Society is recording live the activities of the two...

“A celebration of bird in flight” This photograph of a bald eagle and heron flying in perfect formation shows us why we should all want to be birds… The eagle is chasing the heron away from a nest with eggs, but still manages to do this with grace and power. If the policies we use...

As bird populations plummet worldwide, will Earth become the Planet of the Spiders? Researchers on Guam, a 30-mile-long U.S. island about 3,800 miles west of Hawaii, found that arachnid populations grew as much as 40-fold in the wake of entire species of insect-eating birds eaten into oblivion by invasive brown treesnakes. One biologist suspects spiders...

Research in  the 1960s by CJ Skead (Percy FitzPatrick Institute) and the 1990s by Olaf Wirminghaus (University of Natal) demonstrated a close relationship and apparent dependency of Cape parrots on large Macrocarpus and Podocarpus yellowwoods as feeding and nesting sites. Cape parrots have even been recorded drinking dew drops caught in “wizard’s beard” or “Spanish moss” hanging from ancient, emergent...

By Mel White Word got out months ago that a movie was in the works based on the book The Big Year, which recounts the true exploits of three birdwatchers competing to find the highest number of species in North America in a single calendar year. This wasn’t some made-for-TV cheapie destined for an obscure...