September 2012

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Thumbnail image for How to Photograph Birds in Flight by GlennBartley 28 September 2012

Bird in Flight Photography When it comes to bird photography there is nothing that I love more than capturing an intimate portrait of a bird in its natural environment. Creating an artistic photograph of a challenging bird on an appropriate perch is what I live for! Top 10 Strategies for Success With this said, there [...]

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Journal Club: Wild parrots name their babies | video |

Thumbnail image for Journal Club: Wild parrots name their babies | video | by Grrlscientist 22 September 2012

SUMMARY: Wild green-rumped parrotlet parents give their babies their own individual names People who live with parrots know that they can mimic their human care-givers as well as many of the common sounds in their environment. Although such mimicry is delightful, it does raise the question of what purpose does vocal mimicry serve for wild [...]

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Journal Club: Extinct Carolina parakeet provides glimpse into evolution of American parrots

Thumbnail image for Journal Club: Extinct Carolina parakeet provides glimpse into evolution of American parrots by Grrlscientist 19 September 2012

SUMMARY: DNA obtained for the first time from extinct Carolina parakeets reveals their closest relatives and provides insight into the evolution of New World parrots .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Carolina parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis (pictured above), was the only endemic parrot in the United States. It had one [...]

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A Date with a Big Bill

Thumbnail image for A Date with a Big Bill by Alex Vargas 16 September 2012

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is one of the largest and most difficult -to photograph- Halcyonidaes of SE Asia… We got lucky as one mom was feeding two chicks in a park in Bangkok (yes! right into the city!) Kingfishers are very special and colorful in Asia. Everyone wants to photograph kingfishers and they are not easy. [...]

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Duck gauntlet | video |

Thumbnail image for Duck gauntlet | video | by Grrlscientist 15 September 2012

SUMMARY: Why did the mother duck lead her ducklings across the road? To give watching humans a collective heart attack! It’s an age-old riddle: why did the chicken cross the road? Even school children ask this, intending it as a joke. But when a mother duck decides to shepherd her brood of day-old ducklings across [...]

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Restoring Beauty | video |

Thumbnail image for Restoring Beauty | video | by Grrlscientist 8 September 2012

Prosthetic upper mandible. SUMMARY: A seriously injured bald eagle now has a bionic beak, thanks to modern technology One morning in 2005, an adult female bald eagle was spotted whilst scrounging for food at a landfill in Alaska. Emaciated, she was starving to death in the midst of a bounty of food. A poacher had [...]

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Facebook Interest lists for birders

Thumbnail image for Facebook Interest lists for birders by Gunnar 5 September 2012

Facebook Interest Lists are a great addition to Facebook which makes it possible to organize Facebook pages and profiles in lists. Gunnar Engblom gives some suggestions of some interest lists that birders may find to be useful resources.

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I’ve just met a goose named Maria, and suddenly nothing will ever be the same | video |

Thumbnail image for I’ve just met a goose named Maria, and suddenly nothing will ever be the same | video | by Grrlscientist 2 September 2012

SUMMARY: A retired salesman is befriended by a lonely goose whilst walking around a manmade lake in a small park in a very big city Maria in quarantine at the Los Angeles Zoo (screenshot/CBS News). .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. This interesting video shows how strong the pair bond [...]

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