So far we have chased a sting ray on the kayak in the bay. Saw a wild monkey in the jungle on the way to this lagoon. Boat ride through the lagoon for a float down a Mayan canal. Lots of cool birds! today, we snorkeled in a few cenotes and saw so many fish and even a couple of eels!! Sunburnt like hell. #mexicovacation#rivieramaya#tulum#yucatancenotes#mayancanal#birdnerd
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The strange beauty of seabirds. Meet the Rhino auklet, a nocturnal burrow-nester at Año Nuevo Island. Thanks to @oikonos_org, @islandconservation, and all the other scientists helping to restore their population along our coast.
A population survey of vultures in Madhya Pradesh in early January has seen an increase of 12% from the last count in 2016. The survey found 7906 vultures, up from 7057 in May of 2016. Forest department personnel conducted the survey in 1275 locations across the state, including in its seven tiger reserves. They found that 45% of vultures were found in protected areas.
However, there has been a decline of vultures within four of the seven tiger reserves, as well as a decline of over 32% in the Kuno-Palpur wildlife sanctuary.
Doubt was indicated from a noted vulture specialist about the methods of the survey, as typically only three species of vultures are counted in India, where as 9 species can be found in the country when migratory species are included. Additionally, young individuals can be very hard to identify, even by practiced experts.
Feeling the mid-week slump? Reach out to a friend to raise you up 🙌💕 ———————————————————————————
Shoutout to my babes @taylor.rhaine and @eckertleckert for always being there to give me an emotional lift!
When you reflexively make a derp face at the Red-tailed Hawk in your hand, and @andrealeeann captures your face at its *least* derpy, like a true friend.
My first day out trapping with Andrea, Jim, Bill, and Billy. I will never forget how incredible it felt to hold such a powerful bird in my hand without it actively trying to bite me...it’s funny- I never dreamt I could be this excited about my future career, yet here I am. ⚠️
****This Bird was trapped humanely for scientific research by professionals whom I had the pleasure of assisting and learning from. Approaching, handling, or interfering with wildlife without proper training and permits is not only illegal, but unethical and potentially harmful. (Also thanks to Andrea for the highly informative notice)****
This shy little baby is an Agouti (ah GOO tee). I was so excited to find one. It was pretty quick to hide from me raising the hair on its rump to scare me off. How could I be scared, it's like a big Guinea Pig... on dainty legs. Its coarse hair is covered with an oily (and stinky!) substance that acts like a raincoat. The hair is longest on its rump. The agouti has five toes on its front feet and three on the hind feet. It walks on its toes, not flat-footed like many rodents. 🤗💖📸🐁 #birding#birdwatching#birdnerd#birds#birdphotography#birder#nature#birdingaroundtheworld#grandcayman#agouti
I posted my story, then she came back with her mate! This is the best I could do after following them around the yard for way too long. First time ever seeing one. Hard to capture, fun to watch. #pileatedwoodpecker#birdnerd
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Oh guys!!! I ate my last garbanzo bean anything last night. 100% confirmed it makes me feel like death! So long falafel. So long delicious hummus... you make me not sleep thanks to your wickedly horrific acid reflux and overall total body discomfort. So... since I’m laid up today getting the sleep I didn’t last night, thought I’d share w you the pic that has me crossing the line from just an eagle lover to bird lover AND share the story I told at Fresh Ground Stories (Seattle Moth spin-off) last Thursday. The theme was Fed Up and I had a few more serious stories but in true me fashion, I went for laughs instead. 😬
It was my 2nd time “on stage” speaking in front of 100+ people and this time faces were a little less blurry and I rolled w the story a bit more than my 1st. My hands still violently shook as I sat down and drank water after and I still felt like my soul was vomiting leading up to but... I DID IT!
The Moth is doing a theme of Love Hurts on Feb 15 and I knew immediately what story I’d like to share for it and after getting Neela’s blessing (🙏🏼❤️), I’m writing an entry for that nights show and I hope I get called! I’ve never been to The Moth so I’m not sure how many people throw their name in to tell a tale.
Link to the story I told is in my profile and the levels were def high so you’ll want to turn down the volume.
Let me know what you think in the comments or ask any questions... I had a bunch of peeps after come up and want to know more about Panchakarma when the night closed. 🤗
As 2019 continues, we invite you to join us for our upcoming events, bird walks, Bird Day on Sat. Feb 9, and Audubon Ambassador programs, so that you too can experience, learn about and appreciate the creatures and habitats of our South Florida home! -Photo of Everglades National Park, Photo Credit: Luis Garcia Falcon
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A few highlights from Kruger over the past few days!
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Getting up at 4 AM and then driving an hour and a half in the dark was totally worth it for this! #birdnerd
After 6 inches of snow last night everyone came looking for food! I have been watching this lady Flicker for the last week or so. She was very unsure about how to land on these feeders. Today she managed like a boss! Visiting 2 different feeders like a pro all while defending her territory against pesky starlings. #birdnerd#northernflicker#pinesiskins#redbelliedwoodpecker
Number 8 in the #BigGardenBirdWatch knitted bird spotters guide is the pigeon. This is Bill, who stars in the @rspb_love_nature tv ad, and you may recognise from the #BigGardenBirdWatch pack envelope! Pigeons are smart, sociable scoffing machines (applies to both feral and woodpigeons). They can crowd out smaller ground-feeding birds so some people don't like them. The thing is, if you live in a town centre like I do, you will probably get pigeons. I manage numbers by only feeding them very little on the ground, once a day. So they wait for breakfast, and then off they go. A small number will hang around if the goldfinches and sparrows are here, tidying up all the dropped food under the feeders, and that's quite useful!