Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife photos

Here’s part two of reader Linden Gledhill’s photographs of animals from Costa Rica—mostly birds. (See part one from yesterday.) Linden’s notes are indented: Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans). Wow, what a stunning bird! I spent two hours with a guide searching for this species in woods next to an open field.  This was the only shot I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Linden Gledhill sent a bunch of nice pictures from Costa Rica, and I’ll divide them between two posts. Here’s the first; Linden’s notes are indented: Guanacaste, Costa Rica is located in the northwestern region along the Pacific Ocean coast.  It experiences little rain and is a hot tropical dry forests habitat. We stayed in the all-inclusive resort of the Riu Palace, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today, each sending photos of a cool animal. First up is reader Karen Bartelt, whose notes are indented: One of our winter quests was to see a snowy owl [Bubo scandiacus]. “In some years, some North American Snowy Owls remain on their breeding grounds year-round, while others migrate in winter to southern […]

Evidence that raptors spread brushfires to flush out prey

Now the paper at hand is far from conclusive, but it raises questions that really do deserve investigation, for it suggests that at least three species of Australian raptors, jointly called “firehawks,” spread brushfires to flush out prey. If true, that would mean that birds either “use fire” or “weaponize fire”—something known only in our […]

The origin of human music? Male palm cockatoos use a stick to beat rhythmically on hollow trees

The palm cockatoo, Probosciger aterrimus, is a gorgeous bird found in New Guinea, the Aru Islands of Indonesia, and northern Australia. They can live for ages; there’s one report that a female gave birth for the first time at age 65, though I’m not sure I believe it since the oldest confirmed age in captivity is 56, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Yesterday I put up part I of reader Joe Dickinson’s wildlife photographs from India. Today we have part II, and Joe’s notes are indented. This shows some of the urban wildlife that abounds in India: Continuing with India, here are shots from diverse locations as specified. We saw the ring-necked parakeet (Psittacula krameri) many places.  […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

And we’re back, though I implore you to send me photos. It was worth waiting, though, as here are some lovely photos sent by Joe Dickinson before I left for India, and they show Indian fauna. (This is the first of a two-part series). His notes are indented: In recognition of your impending trip, here are […]

Stunning footage of flying birds from a ultralight plane in the flock

Here is some unbelievably mesmerizing video showing a man flying with birds that he rescues and trains to migrate.  According to Storytrender and National Geographic, the man is 58-year-old Christian Moullec of France, who started training lesser white-fronted geese (Ancer erythropus) to fly from Germany to Sweden in the 1990’s to reintroduce them into the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Pete Moulton is a crack wildlife photographer, takes some really good shots of birds, and is a dab hand with insects as well. These photos regularly appear on his Facebook page, where in the comments I beg and grovel to be allowed to post the photos.  After I’ve pleaded for a while, and posted photos […]

Reader’s wildlife photograph

The reader in this case is Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus), who photographed this loud parrot near Le Corbusier’s government buildings in Chandigarh (more on that later).  I was told that it wasn’t a rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) but something like an “azurine parrot”, yet I can’t find anything like the latter on the Internet. All I […]