UAV Surveying of Steller’s Sea Eagle Nest

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This is billed as the first of its kind. Well, for that particular species, maybe. Otherwise, no, not to my knowledge.

Anecdote From a Rehabber

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Red-Tailed Hawk (Upper)<br>Cooper's Hawk (Lower)<br>

(public domain illustration of Red-tail, & Cooper’s)

Dutch rare birds site is on the Internet


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This video is called 30,000-strong flock of Barnacle Geese, Netherlands, February 2010.

On 21 August, I reported about a new Internet site with data about rare birds in the Netherlands, ever since 1800.

Meanwhile that new site is working.

It is here. It is called Dutch Avifauna.

Many things on the site are not working yet (including the English language parts which I expect will be working soon).

Officially, the site will start on 25 August.

See also here.

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Seabirds die from eating plastic


I keep saying….

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This is a video from Scotland on fulmars and plastic.

From Wildlife Extra:

Seabirds eating more plastic than ever before

New study finds that bird ingestion of plastic in U.S./Canadian North Pacific amongst highest in the world

August 2012. A new study by U.S. and Canadian scientists has found that seabirds may be eating much more plastic trash than they have in the past, and that seabirds studied off the coast of Washington State and British Columbia are ingesting plastic at rates that are “among the highest” in the world.

Northern fulmars

The report was authored by Stephanie Avery-Gomm of the University of British Columbia and five other researchers. The study was carried out in 2009 – 2010 and involved the analysis of 67 Northern Fulmars that washed up dead on the shores between Long Beach, Washington, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Northern Fulmars, gull-like petrels related to

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Animal photo of the year: Lions at sunset


Why Evolution Is True

This picture, taken by Facebook friend Craig Packer on the Serengeti Plains, and reproduced with his permission, is one of the most stunning animal photos I’ve ever seen. Be sure to click on it twice to enlarge it. The lions are frozen like golden statues in the setting sun.

Packer, who works out of the University of Minnesota, has done classic studies of lions for years (many with his collaborator Anne Pusey), and wrote a wonderful book on his field work, Into Africa.

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England’s Jurassic Coast, video


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This video from Britain says about itself:

Aug 22, 2012 by JurassicCoastWHS

A fabulous light-hearted any python-esque 5 minute animated film about the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. The Jurassic Coast stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset and shows 185 million years of the Earth’s History in just 95 miles – covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of geological time. The film is made by Tim Britton from the wonderful Forkbeard Fantasy… you’ve got to love ’em!

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Jankowski’s Bunting: A Very Rare Bird Indeed


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Birding Frontiers

By Terry T

The Jankowski’s Bunting (Emberiza jankowskii) is a very rare bird. So rare that, without immediate action, it could slip away before the end of this decade. Unfortunately this little bird isn’t big or furry and doesn’t have a spoon-shaped bill. Instead it falls into the “Little Brown Job” (LBJ) category of birds. Added to the fact that it lives in a rarely visited part of northeast China, this means that its rapid and accelerating journey towards extinction has been progressing with seemingly little effort to save it and even less public awareness. That, I hope, is about to change.

This beautiful bunting, sometimes known by the more descriptive, but less endearing, name of Rufous-backed Bunting, was once described as locally common across its range including Far Eastern Russia, North-eastern China (Heilongjiang, Jilin and Inner Mongolia) and North Korea. But in the last…

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