April 2012

Snowfinch: THE bird of the Alps

Thumbnail image for Snowfinch: THE bird of the Alps by DaleForbes 29 April 2012

The White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) has got to be just about the most mountain-y bird found in the Alps – occurring exclusively above 1800m above sea level. Where trees stop, the Snowfinch stops. In fact I have only once seen a Snowfinch near a tree and that was in the depth of winter when three [...]

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Jamaica’s Endemic Birds Part 2

Thumbnail image for Jamaica’s Endemic Birds Part 2 by Rich Hoyer 24 April 2012

In this second installment featuring Jamaica’s endemic bird species, I’ll complete the non-passerines, which includes some of the most exciting species on the island. The following photos are mostly digiscoped, taken over the past 14 years I’ve led tours here. The Jamaican Owl is surprisingly widespread and tolerant of a wide variety of habitats, though [...]

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Featured Bird Photographer blogger ~She gets down and dirty

Thumbnail image for Featured Bird Photographer blogger ~She gets down and dirty by dAwN FiNe 22 April 2012

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and bird photographer. Birds fascinate, delight and intrigue her which is why she devotes many hours learning about them, observing their behavior and photographing them. By learning more about each subject, she can anticipate their behavior and create opportunities to obtain better images of those species. Mia enjoys sharing her photos, photographic skills and techniques with those individuals who are serious about their own bird and wildlife photography.

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Jamaica’s Endemic Birds – The First Six

Thumbnail image for Jamaica’s Endemic Birds – The First Six by Rich Hoyer 16 April 2012

Rich Hoyer highlights endemics from Jamaica, including Black-billed Parrot, Yellow-billed Parrot, Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Ring-tailed Pigeon, and Crested Quail-Dove from his WINGS Birding Tours.

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Could Lytro Camera Revolutionise Digiscoping?

Thumbnail image for Could Lytro Camera Revolutionise Digiscoping? by DaleForbes 15 April 2012

The new Lytro Light Field Camera has just started to ship, and for those of you who have not heard of it yet, it uses a completely new technology and approach to image capture to create something of a living image. No, nothing from or for the Daily Prophet, but a clickable image that will [...]

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Sh*t birders say – for non birders

Thumbnail image for Sh*t birders say – for non birders by Gunnar 7 April 2012

Viral birding . There have been pretty amazing few days lately checking out how Jason Kessler’s short 3 min video about birding talk has gotten 40,000 views as I write this (10 days later).  I think the video could reach a far larger audience, so I have asked people if they would pass this on [...]

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Mystery Song From Carara is Rufous-breasted Wren

Thumbnail image for Mystery Song From Carara is Rufous-breasted Wren by Rich Hoyer 1 April 2012

Judging from the very few daring guesses, this was a real tough sound quiz. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I was quite surprised when I looked up to see that this nearly ultrasonic song was being given by a Rufous-breasted Wren, Pheugopedius rutilus. As a reminder, here is the song from last week: [...]

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