The Beauty of Nature

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Tough Bird, Tough Luck

This young Golden Eagle takes on more than it can manage this time. Amazing that no damage was done to the bird other than an empty belly – and maybe damaged pride!

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Nightingale in Full Song

A European treasure. Come to SE Kazakhstan to enjoy this common spring visitor in full song. After breeding, the song disappears and is replaced by a call that is a mere hint of it’s pre-breeding euphony. Hard to see, this video gives a wonderful chance to enjoy this iconic little bird.

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Bullfinch Mimicry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05k2xc8/player

Stunning video of mimicry by european Bullfinches, revealed on BBC Radio 4 The Life Science, prepared by Tim Birkhead, who wrote the wonderfully compelling well-written, entertaining and easy-to-read “Bird Sense – What It’s Like To Be A Bird

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Acceptable Hunting

This is hunting I can understand and accept:

 

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Trying To Show Sympathy

This poor hunter is being victimised…

John with Geese flying away.

John with Geese flying away.

Apparently, according to this article in The Press & Journal (Aberdeen), this poor chap has been prevented from enjoying his lifelong bird-slaughtering-for-fun relaxation by saboteurs in the form of birdwatchers at a Moray Scotland nature reserve. The surreptitious killjoys spoiled the birds’ flight paths, walked around conspicuously wearing high-vis clothing and generally disturbed the birds by their movements.

Is it any wonder he threatened to shoot the birdwatchers instead when he discovered that the police were less than interested in his plight.

Birdwatchers 1 – Hunters 0. I’m smirking self-satisfactorily! Who do you support?

 

 

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Saiga – A Central Asian Environmental Initiative

From Wikipedia:The saiga antelope is a critically endangered antelope that originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia.

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This strange-looking fellow tenuously inhabits the Central Asian steppes and needs all the help he (and she) can get. The species suffers from a fatal bacterial disease as reported in The Guardian and in 2015, 200,000 expired in Bekpak Dala desert region of Kazakhstan

Saiga Spotlight is the annual publication of The Saiga Conservation Alliance.

You can donate here to do your bit to help save their future

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