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Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #21

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he perceives to be…

An Awareness of Vultures in Our Poisonous World

By Steve Zack

An appreciation of vultures is in the eye of the beholder. William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition certainly appreciated them; Charles Darwin certainly did not. Clark carefully described in his journal of 1806 the “butifull buzzard of the Columbia” that we now know as the California Condor. Darwin, in 1832, recounted his experience with “these disgusting birds” (in this case, Turkey Vultures) whose bare heads “revel in putridity.” Beyond their beauty or putridity, however, our awareness must include the awful plight of vultures worldwide, due largely to the toxic world of poisons we foist upon them. The sixth annual International Vulture Awareness Day, which we celebrate September 6, gives us an opportunity focus precisely on that issue.

Poisons and Poaching: A Deadly Mix Requiring Urgent Action

Elephant and rhino poachers are increasingly turning to poisons with devastating consequences. If the tide is not stemmed soon, many species will be utterly destroyed by the demand for their parts in East Asia.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #71

Woodpeckers, nutcrackers, flycatchers, sunbirds, roadrunners and babblers in this 71st Edition! Astonishing what can be achieved with a bit of patience, care and a passion for birds. Wild birds have become the subject of choice for thousands of photographers around the world. They extremely hard to photograph. You need the best equipment you have access to…

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 Photographs from the Wilderness #19

“Okavango”, “Serengeti”, “Masai Mara”, “Zambezi”, “Kruger” and “Kafue”. These are some of the wildest places left and have hidden within them “wilderness” that can take those who visit it back in time on a powerful journey that explores our place on this blue-and-green planet. In this amazing collection of photographs is a glimpse into the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #54

Bald eagles, pond herons, fairy-wrens, flamebacks, rollers, junglefowl, tits and sunbirds… 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 direct to you every week. Hundreds of amazingly skilled wild bird photographers go…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #50

Turacos, Trogons, woodpeckers, peafowl, nightjars, rollers and kingfishers… The birds of the world have had millions of years of natural selection with the ability to fly. They have conquered all terrestrial environments on earth and in the tropics and subtropics sexual selection has created a myriad of colors with extravagant tails, crests, wattles and bills.…

Mass Poisonings Devastate African Wildlife, Incite “Urgent Measures”

The recent mass poisoning of vultures has prompted the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism to propose urgent legislation that would ban over-the-counter sales of poisons and pesticides. (Read more: Elephant Poachers Poison Hundreds of Vultures to Evade Authorities) Further investigations have revealed that over 1,000 vultures may have perished in this single incident.  While this…

September 29, 2013: Photographing Every Animal in Captivity, Saving Apes from Guerillas, and More

Join us this week, as we set a world record kayaking 151 miles in 24 hours, then build an Ark to help save all of the world’s animals, teach pandas to breed successfully, and finally, rekindle old friendships with indigenous people in Nepal after 45 years apart.

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 #45

The photographers responsible for this stunning collection of wild bird photographs from around the world should be proud! You have managed to capture the essence of the wonder and ultimate freedom of birds in the wild! These amazing images shows us that each bird is an individual. An individual living wild in a wild environment…

How to Hold a Vulture While in the Grip of a Jackal

Catching a vulture while being bit by a jackal in Laikipia, Kenya

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #32

When you sit back in your chair at the computer and imagine a relaxing tranquil place you could go to get away from the stresses of modern life, you invariable hear bird song along with the running water, rustling grass, and wind in the leaves… Birds are the theme song of the wilderness announcing every…