April 2011

Will and Kate: the prequel

Thumbnail image for Will and Kate: the prequel by Kenn Kaufman 28 April 2011

If you pay close attention to the popular media, you may have noticed recent references to some couple named “Will and Kate.”  Perhaps you’ve been mystified as to the identity of this couple.  I’m here to tell you that it would be no mystery if you were a birder with a good grasp of the [...]

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Women for Conservation – in ProAves reserves in Colombia

Thumbnail image for Women for Conservation – in ProAves reserves in Colombia by Gunnar 28 April 2011

In last week’s post, Colombian bird conservation NGO – ProAves – did not come out in good light, and even if that critique was justified, one should not forget some of the very impressive work that is being done at the ProAves reserves. One of my favorite projects is that called Women for Conservation. It [...]

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Review: Audubon Birds for Android

Thumbnail image for Review: Audubon Birds for Android by Gunnar 26 April 2011

Robert Mortenson of Birding is Fun gives Audubon Birds app for Android phones a raving review.

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Digiscoping with an iPhone – Northern Pygmy-Owl and Greater White-fronted Goose

Thumbnail image for Digiscoping with an iPhone – Northern Pygmy-Owl and Greater White-fronted Goose by Rich Hoyer 26 April 2011

Who knew you could get such sharp images with an iPhone? On the Big Day I did for the Tucson Audubon Society‘s birdathon this past Saturday, I took this shot of our stakeout White-fronted Goose by holding my iPhone up to my binoculars. I didn’t know how good it would turn out, given that the [...]

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Aegean Rainbow Continued . . .

Thumbnail image for Aegean Rainbow Continued . . . by Rebecca Nason 26 April 2011

Every year produces new and exciting bird and wildlife highlights in Lesvos, no tours are ever the same and there are always exceptional and often unexpected bird encounters which make each trip special. Heading out to Lesvos in April and early May lands you straight in the middle of spring migration, and whether you find [...]

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Avistar Peru – birding festival in Lima 2011.

Thumbnail image for Avistar Peru – birding festival in Lima 2011. by Gunnar 25 April 2011

Avistar Peru – Miraflores Nov 2-6, 2011 I have the pleasure to announce that an anual birding festival – AVISTAR PERU – will be held in Lima each year. It has been inspired by the yearly AVISTAR festival in Sao Paulo organized by Guto Carvalho and his friends. Guto, has been a great help getting [...]

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Mannik(in) South African (birding)

Thumbnail image for Mannik(in) South African (birding) by DaleForbes 24 April 2011

We’ve been in south africa a week now and it has been rather manick – much to do and not much time. I would have loved to have spent more time along the coast fort he KZN coast and her forests lie close to my heart. But alas we have now returned to the beautiful [...]

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Is the credibility of ProAves and ABC damaged?

Thumbnail image for Is the credibility of ProAves and ABC damaged? by Gunnar 20 April 2011

In a recently published letter by The Condor editor it is revealed that a referee on the editorial board for the ProAves magazine Conservacion Colombiana acted unethically and manoeuvred to trick the Condor out of considering Diego Caranton’s manuscript for the new Antpitta in NW Colombia. Is the credibility of ProAves and in extension ABC damaged? Time for some damage control?

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How do we solve a problem like Maria Malta

Thumbnail image for How do we solve a problem like <strike>Maria</strike> Malta by CharlieMoores 15 April 2011

“How do you solve a problem like Malta? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?” A couple of days ago I interviewed Geoffrey Saliba, Campaigns co-ordinator with BirdLife Malta (BLM) for a short Talking Naturally podcast. I’d contacted Geoffrey after he’d sent me a BLM press-release which had begun with the words, [...]

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Aegean Rainbow

Thumbnail image for Aegean Rainbow by Rebecca Nason 14 April 2011

Phil and I have been leading birdwatching trips to the Greek Aegean Island of Lesvos for 7 years now on behalf of the Travelling Naturalist, a wildlife tour company based in Dorset, UK (www.naturalist.co.uk). As we head into April we really start to look forward to what Lesvos 2011 might bring us as every year [...]

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A Lesson on Digiscoping Techniques – the Zeiss Diascope

Thumbnail image for A Lesson on Digiscoping Techniques – the Zeiss Diascope by Rich Hoyer 13 April 2011

I recently conducted some tests in my back yard to determine which digiscoping techniques work best for me. Aiming my sights on the Boston Cream Pie recipe in a recent issue of Cooks Illustrated with my Canon PowerShot S90, I first compared the two Zeiss Diascopes in my possession – the smaller one with a [...]

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South African Shrikes

Thumbnail image for South African Shrikes by DaleForbes 10 April 2011

South Africa has 21 regularly occurring shrike species; including 3 skulking Tchagras, 6 colourful Bush-shrikes and 2 vociferous hoodlum Helmet-shrikes. The boldest of them all have got to be the Bush-Shrikes; characterized by bright yellow and green plumage. Typically singly or in pairs, their skulking manner can make Bush-shrikes often surprisingly hard to find; and [...]

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Black Dogs and Orange Tips

Thumbnail image for Black Dogs and Orange Tips by CharlieMoores 8 April 2011

I may well be committing a major faux-pas here at Birdingblogs.com by writing two posts in a row that don’t actually feature a bird of any sort (I’m sure someone will tell me if I am), but as I now spend part of my time in a wooden shed editing podcasts and a good chunk [...]

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Pantanos de Centla – Mexico’s Main Marshes

Thumbnail image for Pantanos de Centla – Mexico’s Main Marshes by Rich Hoyer 5 April 2011

Our final day of the week-long tour of Mexico’s Lacandon Rain Forest and the Maya Ruins. We had a relaxed morning at our Palenque hotel. The birding from the open-air dining hall at breakfast was actually quite good. A marauding troop of Red-throated Ant-Tanagers entertained us as they stole bites from the fruit platters waiting [...]

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We’re going to South Africa!

Thumbnail image for We’re going to South Africa! by DaleForbes 3 April 2011

My boet (brother) is getting married so we are going down to South Africa for 10 days; and I am really looking forward to being in Africa again. I love Latin America (and the people); same for Europe; and southeast Asia; but nothing is like returning back to the drumbeat of Africa. To corrupt an [...]

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Featured Bird Blogger of the Week~ cancelled due to Scandal

Thumbnail image for Featured Bird Blogger of the Week~ cancelled due to Scandal by dAwN FiNe 1 April 2011

Howdee all, Jeff and I have left the warmth of Florida and are now parked happily in my Sickstas driveway in North Carolina for a month. Its chilly here and I have put my shorts and sandals away until summer. I have filled my bird feeders , slathered some Bark Butter on a few tree [...]

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