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The 10 Best Drone Gifts for Christmas 2014

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. Shopping for a “drone-obsessed” friend or family member? Christmas is almost upon us, and I have decided to think 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 #64

Kingfishers, fish-eagles, orioles, flycatchers, lovebirds, wagtails, bush-shrikes, broadbills, bee-eaters, and laughing-thrushes… A fantastic collection of wild bird photographs that sets the standard for 2014! All these photographers need to be commended for their commitment and skill. We need to do everything we can to make sure that our children get to see, hear and photograph…

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 #49

Eleven out of 25 of this week’s amazing wild bird photographs came from India. There are almost 7,500 Wild Bird Enthusiasts following the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page in India and our five most popular cities in the world are in India. The Indian SubContinent is a birding paradise with a patchwork mosaic of habitat…

Most Wild-Caught Grey Parrots Die Before Market

Researchers in the field estimate that 45-65% of wild-caught African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) die before arrival at markets and quarantine facilities in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Terese Hart, Director of the TL2 Project (www.bonoboincongo.com), clarifies that trappers lose an average of 25%, local buyers declare a 10-40% mortality rate, and air transport to…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #46

Every week we are amazed by the ingenuity and passion required to capture the thousands of amazing wild bird photographs submitted by hundreds of photographers as pat of the Wild Bird Revolution. This is one of the most colorful and magical collections of wild bird photographs ever compiled. The photographers responsible for these stunning photographs…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #44

Wild birds are descended from the time of the dinosaurs. They have seen the continents drift apart, saying goodbye to long-lost cousins as the oceans widened between them. They have managed to occupy almost all terrestrial ecosystems and can even swim better than most fish. They followed the insects into the sky to take advantage…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #43

After a few weeks away working on Africa’s most endangered parrot this wonderful collection of wild bird photographs reminds us that there is so much left to save… This world of ours is still filled with amazing, vibrant wild birds that will take your breath away and astound at first sight. The most beautiful are…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #40

“A celebration of bird in flight” This photograph of a bald eagle and heron flying in perfect formation shows us why we should all want to be birds… The eagle is chasing the heron away from a nest with eggs, but still manages to do this with grace and power. If the policies we use…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #37

Contingas, pardalotes, whydahs, eremomelas, camaroptera and cutias… Taxonomists are not good at coming up with easy-to-remember bird names. This is especially true for the rarest, remotest and often most beautiful birds whose ancestors were not named by local English-speaking peoples. As a result most of the over 10,000 bird species on earth have difficult unpronounceable names.…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #36

Frogmouths, toucan barbets, blackbirds, merlins, violet-ears and birds-of-paradise… These names speak of the diversity of bird species around the world and the child-like fascination they cause in people. Binoculars and spotting scopes available to ordinary birders have advanced tremendously over the last 20 years. High-quality roof prism binoculars like Swarovski have HD optics and literally…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #28

Mind-blowing color and diversity borne out of the age of the dinosaurs!! Free birds for a better future…  Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #24

Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Starting on the 22nd October 2012 you will be able to register and/or donate to WIN a pair of Swarovski binoculars worth over $2,000! The vibrant colors, fine feathers, and sparkling eyes are all…