November 2010

Getting Friendly With Frigatebirds

Immature male Galapagos Frigatebird, photo by Omar Naji and Bernadette Kolb by Rich Hoyer 16 November 2010

I’m currently in the Galapagos, a wonderful paradise of watching birds, snorkeling, and marveling at the evidence of evolution that seems so obvious to us today but was a totally new idea to Darwin and the world when he was here. (Remember, it’s now known that evolution is only a theory in the same sense […]

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Thou shalt always bird!

Thumbnail image for Thou shalt always bird! by Gunnar 15 November 2010

Funny Twitching video Have you seen the Twitcher program yet? If so, maybe some of this from the British Twitching scene makes sense to you.  Thou shalt recognise the face of Lee Evans.  This video is hilarious. Watch it several times and and use the pause button to be able to see all the details […]

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Spanish Steppe Birds, crazy awesome digiscoping

Thumbnail image for Spanish Steppe Birds, crazy awesome digiscoping by DaleForbes 14 November 2010

What a lot of fun! Being great big open habitats, steppes can often be very difficult habitats to photograph birds in, and the Extremaduran steppes of western Spain are no exception. Great big wide open spaces (with the forest having been cleared by the Romans to build cities) mean that there is little place for […]

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The Fifty Best Birds in Asia!

Thumbnail image for The Fifty Best Birds in Asia! by SusanMyers 13 November 2010

Top 50 Asian birds, part 1 OK, I’m mainly doing this to see if anyone’s listening! Oh, and I like to be controversial… These 50-type lists seem to be all the rage at the moment. I had a chapter in a book entitled “50 Places to Bird before you Die” – a bit of a […]

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Inverted Invaders

Thumbnail image for Inverted Invaders by Kenn Kaufman 13 November 2010

We could call them “nutcases” instead of “nuthatches,” and we wouldn’t be far off.  Nuthatches don’t hatch nuts; they run around on trees, clambering up, clambering down headfirst, making nasal or squeaking notes.  They act as if they’ve spent too much time upside down, permanently warping their brains.

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The White-bellied Seedsnipe torture

Thumbnail image for The White-bellied Seedsnipe torture by Gyorgy Szimuly 12 November 2010

I am getting excited about my departure for India in a couple of days. It had been a while since I went to a birding trip but now “ice” has broken and an exciting and more importantly a funny trip is ahead of us. I have four days left before taking off but still have […]

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Featured Bird Blogger of the Week

Thumbnail image for Featured Bird Blogger of the Week by dAwN FiNe 12 November 2010

Howdee all, This is the second week of Featured Bird Blogger of the Week. I hope you all enjoyed Kelly Riccetti’s Red and the Peanut Blog that I featured last week. This week I am happy to introduce you to another Bird Blogger.  I call him Dude of the Birds from his twitter name @BirdingDude […]

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Flores Scops-Owl photographed .

Thumbnail image for Flores Scops-Owl photographed . by Gunnar 11 November 2010

Rare Indonesian owl photographed by Danes News from BirdLife International today – accompanied by the splendid photographed of a Flores Scops-Owl featured above – tells about a Danish funded conservation project for the forests around Mbeliling on Flores, Indonesia. The Flores Scops Owl that is just as enigmatic as the Long-whiskered Owlet in Peru. Only […]

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An interview with Lee Evans

Thumbnail image for An interview with Lee Evans by Gunnar 11 November 2010

I – Lee Evans So everyone is STILL talking about that documentary on BBC4? One of the main characters in the documentary, Lee Evans, divides opinion, something he’ll freely acknowledge. But whatever your own opinion, one thing is for certain – British birders just can’t get enough of him! By the end of the programme […]

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Waxwing Invasion – Time for a Feed!

Thumbnail image for Waxwing Invasion – Time for a Feed! by Rebecca Nason 11 November 2010

Waxwing Arrival The 25th October will stay in my memory for a long time. I was on Fair Isle, near the end of a long & enjoyable Autumn birding & photography trip with my partner Phil & several birding friends. The winds had been strong Northerly and quite foul for a couple of days but the […]

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ABA gear guide

Thumbnail image for ABA gear guide by Gunnar 11 November 2010

Another reason to become an ABA member What a brilliant idea. To collect a number birding gadget reviews into one catalogue just before the christmas shopping is about to start. The Gear Guide is an annual publication that showcases the latest gear in the birding industry. The magazine includes reviews on binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, […]

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Pied-billed Grebe in the UK

Thumbnail image for Pied-billed Grebe in the UK by Gunnar 10 November 2010

In the wake of  finally being able to see the documentary about British Twitchers, a true MEGA bird is discovered. (Don’t laugh if you are west of the pond) A Pied-billed Grebe!  It is a bit amazing the it first was mis-identified as a Little Grebe. The BBC article below speculares it would have hitched […]

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Want to see BBC 4:s Birds Britannia and Twitchers outside Britain?

Thumbnail image for Want to see BBC 4:s Birds Britannia and Twitchers outside Britain? by Gunnar 10 November 2010

BitTorrent for birders! Were you a bit annoyed the other day when that program about the British Twitchers was streamed on the BBC 4 web-site – and you, when trying to watch it, were getting the message: Not available in your area? Same thing with the Birds Britannia series: “Not available in your area!” Yet, […]

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Steve Martin on filming The Big Year

Thumbnail image for Steve Martin on filming The Big Year by DaleForbes 9 November 2010

Steve Martin interviewed by Letterman Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson will star in the 2011 feature film “The Big Year”, based on the book of the same title by Mark Obmascik. Check out this little video of Steve Martin talking about the movie (starts at 2:14). What, do you think. Will it be […]

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A Modest Menagerie of Motmots

Thumbnail image for A Modest Menagerie of Motmots by Rich Hoyer 9 November 2010

Are there nine, twelve, thirteen – or maybe even fourteen species of this Neotropical family? Motmots are loved by everyone. But what makes them so appealing? There’s certainly something attractively tropical about them – perhaps it’s their large size and stolid way of just sitting there, observing the world around them. But our raptors and […]

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Russian Grey Shrike OK with you?

Thumbnail image for Russian Grey Shrike OK with you? by MartinGarner 8 November 2010

What’s in  a name Sorry. Was supposed to post last week and just got swamped! Went to do something on Redpolls, to find Rebecca beat me too it and did a much better job! Multi-authored blogs eh? Anyway, back now. Last friday 5th November I went to see a Great Grey Shrike, only about 15 minutes drive from my […]

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Arabian Shearwater – or something else – in Australian waters.

Thumbnail image for Arabian Shearwater – or something else – in Australian waters. by Gunnar 8 November 2010

Arabian Shearwater on This is good opportunity to both introduce readers of  about a surprising observation of Arabian Shearwater in Australian waters as well as the great Australian web-site (which actually aims to cover the whole world). is a fine example how a birding-site use new techniques of web 2.0 more […]

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Taita Falcon

Thumbnail image for Taita Falcon by Gunnar 7 November 2010

Meet South Africa’s rarest bird – The Taita Falcon Africa’s Taita Falcon is so rare, that are very few photos available on the internet. A search on Flickr drew a complete blank. Here is a fascinating story of South Africa’s rarest bird….. Few people have heard of South Africa’s rarest bird – and even fewer […]

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Digiscoping Vultures in Extremadura, Spain

Thumbnail image for Digiscoping Vultures in Extremadura, Spain by DaleForbes 7 November 2010

On my recent trip to Extremadura, Spain (Europe’s raptor heaven), the Griffon Vultures and Eurasian Black Vultures absolutely enthralled us with their antics, their fly-bys and just how they are in the air. We spent hours admiring them, and we must have taken many thousands of digiscoped photos of them between the two of us.

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Young White-tailed Eagle numbers increasing in Scotland

Thumbnail image for Young White-tailed Eagle numbers increasing in Scotland by Gunnar 6 November 2010

White-tailed Sea Egle come-back! In a BBC News report published a few days ago, we learn that the White-tailed Eagle is coming back strongly a great success for the 25 years since the re-introduction of the species. Pairs of white-tailed sea eagles in Scotland produced more young during 2010 than in any other year since […]

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