Author Archives: starrywazzoh

About starrywazzoh

I'm a birder in Western Europe (UK, France & Spain) and Central Asia, with occasional visits elsewhere. Birding is my principal hobby and I dedicate as much time around work and other commitments.

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 … Continue reading

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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… 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 … Continue reading

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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. This strange-looking fellow tenuously inhabits the Central … Continue reading

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When The Tide Goes Out

This wonderful BBC One video, tells of a risky escapade to gather food in a hostile terrain

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