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Birdwatching: Ethical Guidelines

Birdwatching: Ethical Guidelines

There have been many cases where well-intentioned people, eager for a close encounter with a rare bird, have themselves “flocked” to a site in large numbers, resulting in constant harassment of the animal. One example is a great gray owl, a rare visitor from the far north, which showed up in a residential area in...
The Collection of Birds:Desktop Wallpaper

The Collection of Birds:Desktop Wallpaper

“The collection of birds are my travels. At each destination I buy a wood, bronze, stone bird, anything the local bazaars sell. I have all gathered at a modest vitrine in my house. I have so much loved my collection, that, after taking pictures of them I then designed each one, then created a wallpaper...
5 Must Visit Bird Sanctuaries For Avian Lovers

5 Must Visit Bird Sanctuaries For Avian Lovers

Peacock, the national bird of India is a visual treat to the bird lovers. When a peacock fans out its wings, its full grandeur is put on display with its magnificent iridescent plumage— spotted with deep blue, violet eyes. Peacock, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Asian Blue Quail White Eared-Pheasant, Bar-headed Goose, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Stork,...
Small Birds Listen to Vocal Cues to Avoid Predators

Small Birds Listen to Vocal Cues to Avoid Predators

Setting up above ground boom-boxes mounted in camouflaged boxes powered by car batteries and programmed for four months to broadcast predator sounds according to a schedule that simulated when and how predators would normally call. Such broadcasting was to create the perception for forest birds that there was increased abundance of predators in the forest,...
Let The Garden Birds Survive Tough Winters

Let The Garden Birds Survive Tough Winters

The ongoing winters with sudden drop in temperatures often brings in surprises for the birds. Even the garden birds start facing food problems during such tough seasons. During these tough winters the natural food sources must be ensured along with easy availability of water in your garden so that the birds could survive healthily. When...
New Varieties of Migratory Birds  Spotted

New Varieties of Migratory Birds Spotted

Some new varieties of migratory birds have been spotted by the Bird watchers and enthusiasts owing to the change in climatic conditions. These new migratory birds were located in Kannur (India) recently. “Some of the birds visit places like Munderikkadavu and Kadalundi because here the wetlands have not dried up completely despite low rainfall in...
16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

StrayFeathers/[Press Release/CARMEL, Ind./ February 15 through February 18, 2013 marks the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. Wild Birds Unlimited, a North American backyard bird feeding and nature specialty store, as well as a sponsor for the...
Birds Protection Crucial For Ecological Care

Birds Protection Crucial For Ecological Care

Ecological balance can only be ensured by protecting birds dying from hunters and poison reservoirs is undoubtedly a crucial part of ecological care, says an article from The Beijing News. Excerpts: Various endangered species of the birds like the Oriental white storks are listed as first-grade State protected animals in China. These are regarded as...
Hurricane Sandy Swept Lapwings To America

Hurricane Sandy Swept Lapwings To America

Hurricane Sandy swept some European birds to southeastern Massachusetts, where folks have lined up to catch a glimpse as they alight in Middleboro, Bridgewater, Halifax and on Cape Cod. The superstorm blew the Northern Lapwings, common birds in Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean. “It’s a rarity,” said Kathleen Anderson, an expert on birds. “They were...
Wandering Albatross Gain Speed With Climate Change

Wandering Albatross Gain Speed With Climate Change

Researchers in France have identified a creature they say is benefiting from the effects of climate change: the wandering albatross of the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. Wind speeds over the Southern Ocean have been increasing over the past three decades and those stronger winds are boosting birds in the area to faster flying speeds,...
STRIATED BABBLER

STRIATED BABBLER

Got this snapshot of a juvenile striated babbler in the reed-beds of Okhla Sanctuary. The bird was quite confiding and did not fly away despite approaching quite close.
Bird Feathers Analysis Leads To Measure Stress Among Birds

Bird Feathers Analysis Leads To Measure Stress Among Birds

When faced with environmental threats like bad weather, predators or oil spills, wild birds secrete a hormone called corticosterone. Traditionally, researchers have analyzed blood samples to detect corticosterone levels in wild birds. But recently, scientists have shown that corticosterone spikes can also be detected by analyzing bird feathers. A Tufts University study published in the...