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Post by maertha » January 16th, 2018, 7:23 pm

Japan: Hokkaido is the perfect place for eagle watching

Read more: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201801150010.html


Video by Ray H, September 2015 Steller's Sea Eagle & White-tailed Eagle
  • Video info, YouTube: “The Steller's Sea Eagle is the heaviest eagle in the world, and one of the most visually striking. Japan's north island of Hokkaido is the best place to view this magnificent raptor up close.”
  • ARKive fact file, Steller's sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) http://www.arkive.org/stellers-sea-eagl ... pelagicus/

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Post by maertha » January 19th, 2018, 6:33 pm

Norway: Staring contest, eagle style

Nice photo by Kåre Hansen: https://www.nrk.no/nordland/kare-_60_-f ... 1.13851878

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Post by maertha » January 22nd, 2018, 7:16 pm

Ireland: Glossy ibis and White-tailed Eagle spotted in Irish midlands, County Roscommon

The WtE was reintroduced in County Kerry a few years ago. According to the article, the species has so far been rarely seen in the bogs in the Midlands.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environ ... -1.3363034

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  • ARKive, fact file Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) https://www.arkive.org/glossy-ibis/pleg ... lcinellus/
  • Interestingly, the Glossy ibis is mentioned in "Coloured figures of the birds of the British Islands/issued by Lord Lilford": “This bird is an uncommon and irregular visitor to the British Islands, although it cannot correctly be called very rare; most of its recorded occurrences in the three kingdoms have reference to the months of October and September, but a friend and neighbour of ours in Northamptonshire has a stuffed specimen of this bird (procured in the neighbourhood of Whittlesea) with the date May 31, 1825, written inside the case.” Source: Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/pag ... 7/mode/1up
  • About BHL: “The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. BHL also serves as the literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life.” https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

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Post by maertha » January 23rd, 2018, 7:15 pm

Year of the Bird

Here are some free apps which will make the Year of the Bird even better. The descriptions below are from the websites. For more information click on the links.

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23 January 2016, dabasdati.lv, Latvian WtE nest. Screenshot & image editing by maertha

I´ve introduced the database eBird recently. eBird Mobile comes in handy when you are in the field.
Want to keep track of your sightings on eBird, but don't have the time to enter them on the computer after birding? No worries—eBird Mobile makes it easy to record the birds you see in the field, and seamlessly link these observations with eBird—a global online database of bird records used by hundreds of thousands of birders around the world. This free resource makes it easy to keep track of what you see, while making your data openly available for scientific research, education, and conservation. eBird Mobile is the only app that passes information directly from iOS and Android devices to your eBird account on the web. It should be easy to use (we think so!), and this guide can help with any additional questions. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon). http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/a ... s-overview

Merlin Bird ID App
Free, Instant Bird ID Help for 2,000+ North American and European birds. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
It identifies more than 650 U.S. and Canada birds, with additional support for birds of Mexico, Central America, and Europe; it comes with photos, range maps, and sounds; and it works on both iOS and Android. Answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. (…) Or Use a Photo: Snap a photo of a bird, or pull one in from your camera roll, and Merlin Photo ID will offer a short list of possible matches. Photo ID works completely offline, so you can even identify birds in the photos you take when you are far from cell service.
http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

NatureGate mobile
We offer you an easy way to identify species you don’t know – yet. But did you know that with our iPhone app you can identify them even when spending time offline? For example, at some distant forest when you have left the modern civilization far behind you… With the app you can identify flowering plants, birds, butterflies and fishes. You can also save your observations and share them in the social media! The application is a part of the popular and award-winning NatureGate website. https://itunes.apple.com/fi/app/natureg ... 66006?mt=8

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Post by maertha » January 27th, 2018, 1:28 pm

Poland: Goddess nursed back to health

According to an article by Radio Olzstyn, an injured 4-year-old White-tailed Eagle was found at the beginning of the year near the village of Stare Włóki. The female bird, namend “Nut” after the ancient Egypt goddess of the sky, was nursed back to health in a bird hospital run by the Albatros Foundation in Bukwałd. Nut has completed her rehab and was released back into the wild yesterday. Prior to release, she was ringed and fitted with a GPS transmitter. Article in Polish and photos here https://ro.com.pl/orzel-bielik-odzyskal ... s/01374539

May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks :-).

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Mummy coffin, goddess Nut with outstreched wings. Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisc./Public domain

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Post by maertha » January 29th, 2018, 7:40 pm

UK/Northern Ireland: Meet Dara McAnulty. Great kid. Inspiring environmentalist

Dara, 13, loves birds – especially raptors. Is it not surprising that it made him very angry when he found out that many raptors are being shot or poisoned, and that offenders usually get away with it. Most people would leave it at that. But Dara wanted to try to make a difference – he wanted to support the fight against wildlife crime. So the young man came up with the idea of a fundraising hike to collect money for Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group to satellite tag raptors.

Update, 31 January: He did it! From Dara´s Twitter account: “At the weekend I hiked 45km over mountain, bog, forest, limestone pavement & woodland to satellite tag raptors and improve the conservation of these beautiful birds.”

Update, 5 February: The crowdfunding campaign is closed. Dara has surpassed his ambitious £4,000 goal. To date, he has raised £6,050 with his campaign "Ramble for Raptors". :2thumbsup: On Twitter he reported that the first Northern Ireland cross species awareness & raptor satellite tagging project "Hawk Eyes" will now go ahead. Dara: "I’m blown away by the generosity of so many! Never let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference because you’re ‘only 13’!"

I think I have found my conservation hero 2018 already in February :D https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding ... forraptors

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Post by maertha » January 31st, 2018, 6:52 pm

Local farmer rescues oldest living Icelandic Sea eagle. Injured bird cared for in Reykjavík

According to an article in the Iceland Magazine, the raptor was ringed as a young bird in Breiðafjörður bay in 1993 and has not been seen since.
Read more http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/loca ... -reykjavik#
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Post by maertha » February 13th, 2018, 6:21 pm

Book tip: Eagle Country

“Eagle Country is the record of Seán Lysaght’s quest in the wild places of Mayo and the west of Ireland for eagles, past and present. (…) Seán Lysaght first saw sea eagles on a visit to Norway in 2001 and since then has been captivated by their fortunes, and those of Ireland’s other species, the golden eagle.” https://www.littletoller.co.uk/shop/boo ... n-lysaght/

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County Mayo, Ireland. Painting by Robert Henri. Public domain

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Post by maertha » February 15th, 2018, 6:48 pm

Imperial Eagle spotted in Denmark

According to a DOF report, the rare bird – quite likely a visitor from southeast Europe – was seen east of Aabenraa yesterday.

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Imperial eagle. Naumann, Natural history of the birds of central Europe. Public domain

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Post by maertha » February 19th, 2018, 7:15 pm

Dutch White-tailed Eagle nest cam begins livestreaming for 2018 nesting season

The nest is located in the Alde Feanen National Park, province of Friesland.

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Post by maertha » February 25th, 2018, 12:46 pm

Estonian White-tailed Eagle cam: Nesting seasons begins

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Post by maertha » February 26th, 2018, 6:31 pm

Latvian White-tailed Eagle nest cam: Preparing for the new season

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Post by maertha » March 2nd, 2018, 7:27 pm

Denmark: Preparations for a new Eagle TV season are well under way

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Info in Danish on the website of DOF, the country´s Ornithological Society. 1 March 2018 https://www.dof.dk/oplev-fuglene/ornetv

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Post by maertha » March 3rd, 2018, 10:32 am

Norwegian nest cam: So long, and thanks for all the fish

“So long, Baron and Baroness! For two years we have watched the white-tailed eagles at Smøla raising their eaglets here on Zooom.no. But now it's over.” Source/Zooom website: https://en.zooom.no/eagles-nest/live
Thanks for the hint to b.h-p

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Post by maertha » March 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm

Denmark: Eagle TV is online again

Ørne TV, the Danish WtE nest webcam project, is back. According to the current DOF information, a breeding pair was active at the nest since 28 February. The former female inhabitant, easy to identify due to a crippled foot, has disappeared. The nest is located in a bird sanctuary on the island of Lolland.

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Post by maertha » March 7th, 2018, 6:22 pm

UK/Scotland: The Art of Wildlife Photography

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-hig ... s-43307984
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Post by maertha » March 8th, 2018, 6:36 pm

Happy Women's Day!

“Since the beginning of humanity, women have been interested in science, mathematics, natural history, and all things wild and intriguing.” Read more: Women in Nature - A Gallery of Influential and Pioneering Female Naturalists. Journal of the Sierra College Natural History Museum https://www.sierracollege.edu/ejournals ... index.html

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Post by maertha » March 9th, 2018, 7:13 pm

Influenza’s wild origins in the animals around us

Article by Jonathan Runstadler, Professor of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. 9 March 2018
https://theconversation.com/influenzas- ... d-us-91058


World Health Organization (WHO): Influenza, an Unpredictable Threat. August 2016

Influenza - 100 Years Ago:

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Post by maertha » March 10th, 2018, 10:34 am

Norway: Hello again! Baron Blue and Baroness Barfoot are back

After a short absence, the Norwegian eagles are online again. Website info: “Baron Blue and Baroness Barefoot live on the island of Smøla, in the western part of Norway. Smøla is known for its beautiful scenery and high stock of white-tailed eagles. Nowhere else in the world will you find a higher density of these majestic birds.” Thanks for the hint to b.h-p


Video: Lady Hawk, 8 March 2018

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