Category Archives: video

Readers’ wildlife videos

Tara Tanaka (flickr site here; Vimeo channel here) has provided us with two new wildlife videos; please be sure to watch them at the Vimeo sites (click on the word “vimeo” at the bottom right) and  high definition (click on “HD” at the site). Her notes for each are indented. The first video, “Biggun’,” shows a giant […]

Reader’s wildlife videos

Tara Tanaka (flickr site here, Vimeo site here) has produced a very short (12 second) video of a Northern Flicker. Have a look, preferably on its Vimeo site in high definition. Her notes: Taken from my blind this morning – probably the best view I’ve ever had of a Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker [Colaptes auratus]. I had one land […]

Nick Cohen on Gad Saad’s podcast

I’ve now heard from two people about how interesting Gad Saad’s interview was with British journalist Nick Cohen, who’s sort of a hero of mine. (Do read Cohen’s splendid books, What’s Left?: How the Left Lost Its Way and You Can’t Read this Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom.) The full video (about an […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

Our Official Website Videographer™, Tara Tanaka, has been back after a journey out West to do more filming. She’s given us a peek at four videos that will soon be on her Vimeo page but are now on her Flickr page. To see these best, go to the Flickr page (click on the video to see […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Today we have three contributions, two from readers and one from me. Readers’ captions are indented. The first is from Stephen Barnard in Idaho—a time-lapse photo of fog wafting through his area. He’s been experimenting with video, and I’m sure we’ll see more of these. Be sure to watch the video enlarged and on HD […]

Attenborough, Darwin and Obama

by Matthew Cobb The new BBC series Planet Earth II, narrated by David Attenborough, airs in the UK on Sunday. I was lucky enough to chair a session at the Manchester Science Festival last week at which two of the film-makers, Chadden Hunter and Emma Brennand, presented some extracts from the series and talked about […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

We have just one item today, but it’s a good one! Stephen Barnard has produced a wonderful video of Desi and Lucy, his resident bald eagles, and the two chicks they raised this year. It’s 12.5 minutes long, covers the whole breeding season, and is mesmerizing. Be sure to watch to the end. I won’t […]

ISIS explains why it fights: it’s the religion, stupid!

Listen up, Islamic apologists, especially those of you who claim that the main motivations of Islamist terrorism derive from Western colonialism rather from Islam. Listen up, Reza Aslan, Glenn Greenwald, Robert Pape, Karen Armstrong, and Nathan Lean: ISIS has explained in very clear language that you’re just wrong. It’s religion, stupid! After reading the article summarized in the 14½-minute […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Actually, we have a video today—from Tara Tanaka. Some of my favorite videos of hers are ones showing baby ducks plopping down into the water from high nesting boxes. In this case, it’s black-bellied whistling ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis). You can find Tara’s main video page here. Beginning in mid-August of 2015, I was in my tiny blind, set […]

Friday wildlife: science gif “wildoff”

Matthew Cobb informs me that “Twi**er is having a #wildoff science gif competition. You can find the gifs here.” I’ll put up a few of the more impressive ones, but go have a look at the many submissions. Matthew thinks this one is the best. It’s damn good, but I always flinch at the sight of […]