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Elusive Abyssinian Owl Almost Confirmed on Mount Kenya Last Seen Fifty Years Ago

I love to hike and I even enjoy the occasional bush-whack. So it was with some excitement that my student Paul Muriithi asked me to accompany him for five days on Mt Kenya to search for the Abyssinian owl (aka the African long-eared owl). Though a pair can be observed in Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, the last confirmed Kenyan record of this species was in 1961. But how do you begin searching for an owl whose life history reads like an exposé of an FBI undercover operation: ‘few data’, ‘little information’, ‘nothing known’. That is where Paul first started in 2012, accompanied only by his tenacity and the occasional rampaging buffalo. Three years on, after losing three pairs of binoculars to buffaloes and bush-whacks, the search for this elusive owl has nearly been concluded.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #76

This is the 76th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections we have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and how much effort all of the contributing photographers and enthusiasts have to put in. We…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75

Wow! We are almost there! Nearly 860,000 Wild Bird Enthusiasts on our Facebook page and counting… This is the 75th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections I have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #67

Building a global community around the freedom and beauty of bird in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon is our mission. They are the music, decoration and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #66

Long-wattled umbrellabird, strawberry finch, Von der Decken’s hornbill, Blackburnian warbler, Tickell’s blue flycatchers,  and stork-billed kingfisher in this edition! We can give them silly names. We can give then our names? We can, however, never claim these prehistoric species for our own. They have endured the test of time and witnessed the blossoming of this blue-green-white planet over several cycles.…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #65

We cannot overstate the dedication of wild bird photographers around the world. Birds are extremely risk-averse and getting close is a time-earned skill born of years learning about their behaviour. Knowledge of your camera is essential with no room for error before this bird takes off. The wild bird photographs in this week’s collection are…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #61

When last did you share a wild bird photograph? Frogmouths, skimmers, lovebirds, toucanets, monarchs and jacobins… A not-to-miss collection of wild bird photographs! The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #60

Birds-of-paradise, skimmers, sunbirds, bee-eaters and kingfishers… The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available DSLR cameras and “point-and-shoots” that get stunning results. Just 50 years ago digital photography had…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #59

The Indian Subcontinent, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, SE Asia, North America, South America, the poles and everywhere else… In the forests, oceans, wetlands, lakes, grasslands, rivers, mountains, coastlines and all places in between…  Those first birds that descended from dinosaurs were to pioneer vertebrate flight and conquer the abundant insect protein and…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #58

Tits, “Jacobins”, king-fishers, kites, skimmers, woodcreepers, oystercatchers, nightjars and flycatchers… Sounds like types of people or utensils used to eat wild foods. These amazing wild bird photographs, the first of 2014, are world-class and represent everything the Wild Bird Trust seeks to protect for future generations – the freedom, beauty and security of birds in…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #57

Tinkerbirds, cockatoos, hummingbirds, nightjars, lapwings and owlets… Simply amazing! Make it your New Year’s resolution to go to your nearest park, river, stream, mountain or forest to spend time photographing nature. Begin with flowers, mushrooms and scenery, and then progress to the art of wildlife and bird photography. You never know what you are going…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #56

Macaws, larks, laughingthrushes, kingfishers, birds-of-paradise, pelicans, parrots and violetears… How can we afford to lose any of them? The greatest threat to birdlife around the world today is the wild-caught bird trade. Millions of birds are being killed by a mix of people that simply do not know any better and catch these wild birds…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #55

Show-stopping peafowl, pygmy-tyrants, babblers, flowerpeckers and sapphires are the pick of the wild bird photographs from this week! Go to the new Wild Bird Trust website to learn more about our research and conservation projects in Africa. Please consider making a contribution to the Wild Bird Trust to help us stimulate positive change for wild birds in…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #53

“Angry birds”, frogmouths, lovebirds, tyrants, woodcreepers, tits and violetears… The new Wild Bird Trust website has been updated and your wild bird photographs can now be submitted at: www.wildbirdtrust.com/top25. We are very proud to bring the wonder and vibrance of birds in the wild every week. Hundreds of amazingly skilled wild bird photographers go out everyday after work,…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #52

Streamertails, kingfishers, lovebirds, boobies, todies, peacocks and pigeons! Please visit the new Wild Bird Trust website (www.wildbirdtrust.com) and become part of a journey that will change your life! You do not need to donate. You do not need to sign up for the newsletter. All you need to do is take a few minutes to…