December 2011

Gorillas in the Sunshine

Thumbnail image for Gorillas in the Sunshine by Rich Hoyer 27 December 2011

Rich Hoyer reports on seeing Mountain Gorillas in NW Rwanda

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Semifinals Bird World Cup

Thumbnail image for Semifinals Bird World Cup by Gunnar 25 December 2011

Semifinals in the Bird World Cup. Wilson’s bird of Paradise did not make it. It was a very close game. Instead it is Spoon-billed Sandpiper against Philippine Eagle and Marvelous Spatuletail verses Harpy Eagle. Can small and peculiar win against giants? What do you think?

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Laem Pak Bia… 3 out of 3

Thumbnail image for Laem Pak Bia… 3 out of 3 by Alex Vargas 23 December 2011

Third part -out of three- displaying some of my many photographic expeditions at Laem Pak Bia, a cool waders’ site that rocks indeed… August 15th, 2009 On Mother’s Day -American Continent’s Calendar-, my wife asked me to take her back to LPB for some birding (yeah… I know… I’m a lucky guy!) and she was [...]

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Santa explained

Thumbnail image for Santa explained by Gunnar 22 December 2011

Santa has no time to rest Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with due to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, providing he travels from East to West. He has to deal with 1800 household visits per second. Birdingblogs own GrrlScientist writes today in the Guardian: How does Santa [...]

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Cristalino Montage – Row 8

Thumbnail image for Cristalino Montage – Row 8 by Rich Hoyer 20 December 2011

This week reveals the identities of the birds and a plant from the final row in Rich Hoyer’s Cristalino Montage.

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Quarter finals. World Bird Cup

Thumbnail image for Quarter finals. World Bird Cup by Gunnar 18 December 2011

Past Games. It was tough, wasn’t it? How can one choose, when they all are good birds.  And why was your favorite missing? It didn’t make through the Facebook filter last week.  Yet, here we are with 8 matches played and entering the quarterfinals. You can check the results from round 2 by clicking on [...]

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Hey, I’ve also been to Laem Pak Bia!

Thumbnail image for Hey, I’ve also been to Laem Pak Bia! by DaleForbes 17 December 2011

Alex Vargas – our Costa Rican birder/photographer/birdingblogs blogger living in Thailand – is currently running a 3 part blog series on Laem Pak Bia; a wonderful birding area just south-west of Bangkok. It all happened this last August when Alex graciously offered to take my wife and I out to Kaeng Krachan National Park (an [...]

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Birds from Laem Pak Bia, part 2 of 3

Thumbnail image for Birds from Laem Pak Bia, part 2 of 3 by Alex Vargas 16 December 2011

Second part that accounts some of my many photographic expeditions at Laem Pak Bia, a great area for waders and much more… December 23rd, 2008   &   December 27th, 2008 Just before Christmas (08), we visited the King’s Project on a sunny day and got a few images… it was already pretty dry around Central Thailand [...]

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Journal Club: The economics of tree swallow brood sex ratios

Thumbnail image for Journal Club: The economics of tree swallow brood sex ratios by Grrlscientist 14 December 2011

Tree Swallow brood sex ratios SUMMARY: Tree swallows reveal that brood sex ratios are an economic balancing act with far-reaching evolutionary consequences Skewed sex ratios have been widely discussed in the news. But a demographic imbalance in the sexes is not purely a human phenomenon: it can occur throughout the animal kingdom. Several studies have [...]

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Cristalino Montage – Row 7

Thumbnail image for Cristalino Montage – Row 7 by Rich Hoyer 13 December 2011

This week reveals the identities of the birds and bugs from Row 7 in Rich Hoyer’s Cristalino Montage.

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The Ultimate Bird.

Thumbnail image for The Ultimate Bird. by Gunnar 11 December 2011

Second round of Ultimate bird of the world. Choose 8 birds from these 8 pairs. Spoon-billed Sandpiper vs Ibisbill, Marvelous Spatuletail vs Long-whiskered Owlet, Harpy Eagle vs Blue Bird of Paradise, Resplendent Quetzal vs Philippine Eagle, Shoebill vs Inca Tern, Snowy Owl vs Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise, Kakapo vs Emperor Penguin and Wandering Albatross vs Ivory Gull. Difficult huh?

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Snow Bunting

Thumbnail image for Snow Bunting by DaleForbes 11 December 2011

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is one of those birds that just get me salivating but, unfortunately (or maybe as a consequence of) it is a rarity in Austria and I had only seen it once, just down the road from work last year where a local birder and friend (Paul) found one in a mixed [...]

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Bogota Sunangel Discovered?

Thumbnail image for Bogota Sunangel Discovered? by Gunnar 10 December 2011

This past week some exciting news from Colombia leaked. Six photos were published on Internet Birding Collection claiming to be the Bogota Sunangel. I for one, suspected that this was a leak, and downloaded the pics immediately to have as reference.  Shortly afterwards they were pulled off the page. A lot of speculation started on [...]

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The Biggest Day.

Thumbnail image for The Biggest Day. by Gunnar 9 December 2011

Tribute to Ted Parker. It is soon 30 years since legendary neotropical superbirder Ted Parker set the amazing record of 331 species in 24h at Cocha Cashu together with Scott Robinson. The year was 1982. Scott has later told me that they had around 300 species already by 11 AM, and that they from then [...]

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Laem Pak Bia, another Bird-Photo Hotspot in Thailand!

Thumbnail image for Laem Pak Bia, another Bird-Photo Hotspot in Thailand! by Alex Vargas 8 December 2011

Several hotspots in the Laem Pak Bia area, are worth to mention, as these produce great birding and bird-photos all year around At less than 2 hours driving from Bangkok, in Petchburi Province, Laem Pak Bia it’s a fishing town that offers some rich and unique birding opportunities with many waders, gulls and more in [...]

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Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed [Book & Podcast Review]

Thumbnail image for Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed [Book & Podcast Review] by Grrlscientist 7 December 2011

Summary: GrrlScientist reviews a new book by Simon Barnes Birdwatching with your eyes closed accompanied with a free downloadable podcast. The book teaches you to open your ears to appreciate and recognize birdsounds. Eighty percent of bird watching is listening “Eighty percent of bird watching is listening”, I often told my university students whilst we squished through [...]

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Cristalino Montage – Row 6

Thumbnail image for Cristalino Montage –  Row 6 by Rich Hoyer 6 December 2011

This week reveals the identities of the photos from Row 6 in Rich Hoyer’s Cristalino Montage.

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The best bird of the world

Thumbnail image for The best bird of the world by Gunnar 4 December 2011

Which is the one bird that every birder should aim to see before it is time to leave this life? In Huffington Post there was recently a vote for what place on Earth to see before you die. Not surprisingly, Machu Picchu in Peru was number one.  It made me wonder. If you asked the [...]

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Get Angry – Fight Extinction!

Thumbnail image for Get Angry – Fight Extinction! by Gunnar 2 December 2011

With Birdlife International and Angry Birds Like everyone else, you probably have played Angry Birds on your iPhone, iPad, Android or recently on Chrome web-browser. It is the fad of the decade.  Now Angry Birds are really Angry when they support BirdLife International in special online Chrome version of the game, where there is information [...]

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Red Beak, Big Lunch

Thumbnail image for Red Beak, Big Lunch by Alex Vargas 2 December 2011

Witness how a beautiful and aggressive Black-capped Kingfisher battles hard to prepare and enjoy a big crab for lunch! In october 2010, someone posted in my forum (birdphotoforum.com) a pretty decent image of the elusive and attractive Black-capped Kingfisher and that immediately caught my full attention. Turned out, the blue hunter was closer to my [...]

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