Black Kites breeding

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We really don’t like the presence of Black Kites along the beach when the Pied Oystercatchers are breeding. Of course Black Kites also breed and at the moment there is a nest very close to the highway. The adult Black Kites will no doubt find enough roadkill to raise their young.

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A few more Pied Oystercatchers start to breed

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A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to the pair of Pied Oystercatchers that were the first to start breeding along our coast this year. Since then we have had the two pairs of Pied Oystercatchers that breed between the Surf Club and Gantheaume Point lay their first clutch of eggs.

Pied Oystercatcher breeding update

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In the case of the two pairs of Pied Oystercatchers that did actually hatch their eggs and have chicks for a few days they did lay once more, but then they failed to even hatch the second clutch and then no longer attempted to breed. One pair of the sixteen pairs of Pied Oystercatchers that we monitor have lost their eggs in such a short period of time after laying that they have laid five clutches this breeding season so far.

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Pied Oystercatcher breeding season 2018

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This year is the eighteenth year since we discovered our first Pied Oystercatcher nest on Cable Beach in Broome and it didn’t take us long to realise that they are not at all successful at raising young due to egg and chick predation. It is not unusual for only one Pied Oystercatcher chick to survive throughout the whole breeding season despite in excess of sixty eggs being laid by sixteen pairs.

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Magpie-lark breeding near Broome

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Whilst enjoying the Magpie Geese breeding around Broome recently we also noticed a Magpie-lark nest close to the highway in one of the very few trees beside the road. While we had been waiting one of the young had raised itself up and let its waste drop outside the nest. The last few months have been exceptionally good for the bird-life around Broome and many species have been breeding or are in the process of breeding.

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Breed Specific Legislation

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BSL (Breed-Specific Legislation) is the canine equivalent of racial profiling, banning certain dog breeds that have been labeled “dangerous.” According to information gathered by Best Friends Animal Society , the charity beneficiary of funds raised by ITo, “cities around the country are passing bills to round up and kill family pets, who simply look like the kind of dog who might attack someone.” The goal is to raise funds to stop the proliferation of BSL.

Pied Oystercatchers breeding in Broome

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This year we have continued to monitor the breeding of several pairs of Pied Oystercatchers along the coast in Broome from Gantheaume Point to Willie Creek on the south side. We have never had a pair succeed in raising all of their chicks and even to succeed in raising one takes a lot of effort because they are so dependent on their parents.

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Masked Lapwings breeding at Derby airport

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Over the past few months there have been a lot of birds breeding around Broome with the excellent rain events that we have been having and the vegetation is at long last revived. Masked Lapwings have been busy breeding for some months now and some may well be on their second clutch of eggs. So, it is not just a Broome supermarket car park that is great for finding Tawny Frogmouth families, but Derby airport also has Masked Lapwings breeding in their grounds!

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Pied Oystercatcher breeding season starts early!

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This is not surprising at all due to the fact that we have monitored the Pied Oystercatcher breeding success (or lack thereof ) since 2000 along a twenty three kilometre stretch of beach and it is very rare for any of the sixteen pairs to succeed. Last year we had some hope at the end of the breeding season , but sadly the Pied Oystercatcher chick was predated and did not fledge.

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Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

Creature Talk

While Pit bulls are incredibly strong and can therefore inflict a dangerous wound if they do attack, they are by no means the only breed that bites. Not that I want to give Golden Retrievers or Springers a bad name - I’m just pointing out that any breed of dog can bite. “The aggression comes from how people raise them.&#. Besides, banning a breed is ineffective. Breed-specific legislation is stereotyping certain breeds as being vicious.

Australasian Grebe breeding around Broome

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The most common member of the Grebe species around Broome is the Australasian Grebe- Tachybaptus novaehollandiae and it has taken advantage of our exceptionally good Wet Season early this year and has been breeding very successfully. Australasian Grebes will take advantage of good conditions and raise up to three clutches of eggs and by the numbers of birds currently around the Broome area now it does appear that they took advantage of the big rain even early this year.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

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It’s a bang-up breeding year for super-endangered birds! The species, which migrates from the Russian Arctic to Southeast Asia, is down to about 200 breeding pairs in the wild, due to habitat loss and poaching. As a backup plan, researchers captured some Spoonies in Siberia in 2011 and brought them to England , where they’ve been raised at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

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A Strategic Arms Race Among Birds

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The vast majority of the 10,000+ living species of birds are passerines, and the vast majority of those have a similar system of breeding: Mom and dad bird make a nest and share parental responsibilities roughly equally, if not identically. In the former, a female lays her fertilized egg in the nest of another species, in the hopes that her offspring will be raised by the unwitting hosts. In the latter, three or more adult individuals contribute to the raising of offspring.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Conservation / The Nonessential Whooping Crane The Nonessential Whooping Crane By Julie • March 20, 2011 • 14 comments Tweet Share Whooping crane reintroduction efforts on the Eastern Flyway involve raising young whooping cranes and accompanying them on their migratory flights with ultralight gliders.

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City Hornbills

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Okay, they weren’t as fascinating as the birds of prey eating their, or the frankly still weird drawings of nightjars carrying eggs and woodcocks carrying chicks, but still, hornbills were cool because they sealed their mates up in holes in trees and then fed them as they raised the chick. Birds behaviour Borneo breeding hornbills Singapore

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Australian Painted Snipe breeding near Broome

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After a very good Wet Season with substantially more rain than normal over the first few months of 2017 the land was flooded and a huge variety of birds arrived in the Broome area to take advantage of the ideal conditions for breeding. Magpie Geese were breeding close to the main highway south of Broome and so were the Whiskered Terns , White-winged Black Terns , Purple Swamphens , Comb-crested Jacanas , Wandering Whistling Ducks and Plumed Whistling Ducks.

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On the Lake with American White Pelicans

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They migrate north through the Western United States, breeding in pockets all the way up through Canada. Soon they will disappear, stretching wide wings and taking to the skies in search of breeding grounds farther north. I’ve made some new friends in 2022.

Great Question About Obama Pup

Animal Person

This is why I didn't campaign for a greyhound--it raises their profile. Perhaps if there were a heartfelt message followed by action that supported it, no matter what breed were rescued, adoptions would increase. But perhaps if there were a heartfelt message followed by action that supported it, no matter what breed were rescued, demand for that breed from wherever people could get them would increase.

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Mistletoebird family

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The raising of these young chicks is not over yet! We are really enjoying the experience of observing another bird species that is black, white and red breed in our local patch.

Be the next Pambassador!

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This year’s theme is “PandaQuest” which shifts the focus from panda breeding and rehabilitation in captivity to re-introduction in the wild. The three Chengdu Pambassadors will participate in the “Global Panda Conservation Tour” in 2013, where the Pambassadors will travel the globe visiting pandas in 11 countries and initiate local activities to raise awareness for endangered animal protection. Do you love pandas?

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Birding Tiaozini again – sponsored by the local government …

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The fields near the Tiaozini mudflats look very much like a lunar landscape, but this does not seem to keep a number of species from breeding there, sometimes directly on dirt roads. But now back to birds … Little Ringed Plovers also seem to like to breed directly on the road.

Costa Rica’s Signature Parakeet

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In being wonderfully obvious, such birds become avian ambassadors, special “signature” species with the potential to raise bird awareness, to reconnect crucial links between people and the nature that surrounds them, with the ecosystems they partake in.

Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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Each animal they raise to adulthood is a step away from extinction, with the ultimate challenge to return them to the wild. We’ll see ambitious programs to save diverse species from the outback of Australia, the savannahs of East Africa, the Brazilian Amazon and some of the most successful zoo breeding programs in the world. A new captive breeding program may be the cats’ last hope.

Prop 2 Passes in California

Critter News

All animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food.” Proposition 2 ends the practice of confining certain animals raised for food in crates and cages so small the animals can barely move. It applies to breeding pigs, egg laying hens and veal calves. Proposition 2 has been passed in California. From the campaign website : (Nov.

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Busch Gardens Welcomes New Baby Cheetah

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When zoo keepers saw that the baby was not eating and having trouble gaining weight, they made the decision to hand-raise him. Cheetahs are regulated by the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which tracks a species’ genetic lines in zoos and animal parks around the world and makes recommendations as to where specific animals should be placed for successful breeding opportunities. What could be cuter on Saint Patrick’s Day than this adorable baby cheetah from Busch Gardens?

Signs of Spring Migration in Costa Rica

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Other warblers such as Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green are still around but based on their breeding plumage, they will be quick to leave for the north any day now. Wilson’s Plovers are in Breeding Plumage.

Quarantine Twitch for the Best Backyard Bird

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Bon voyage , friend, may you traverse the next two thousand miles safely, may you not encounter any glass windows and may you find a mate and breed successfully! Surprisingly, a pair of Striated Herons in breeding plumage flew in as dusk tightened its grip.

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Birding Fengxian, Shanghai in summer

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Black Drongos must be breeding here – this juvenile was terrorizing his parents with constant calls for food. Presumably, the parents of black drongo chicks sometimes meet with Red-billed Starlings to sympathize with each other about the challenges of raising chicks these days.

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Untamed Americas

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Then travel to the Rockies, for a ringside seat as male bighorn sheep go head-to-head in a bloody battle for breeding rights. Then go to the Atacama Desert where Humboldt penguins raise families in the driest place on earth. We are so excited about this new mini-series from National Geographic! Untamed Americas ” is a high-definition miniseries event narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin. The first of the series premiers June 10th, 2012.

Write a Post, Help a Dog!

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Here’s all you need to include in your post: The Write a Post, Help a Dog program is aimed at raising awareness and food for the more than four million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year. This year the Foundation has already raised more than $376,570 against its goal of $1.5 Pedigree is resurrecting is insanely successful Write a Post, Help a Dog program. If you are a blogger, please join in and help shelter animals!

Cute of the Day: Open Wide!

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Until recently, the population of tawny frogmouths in North American zoos was facing extinction — and breeding programs were largely unsuccessful. Through years of research, SeaWorld has made it possible for this chick to be raised by its parents. ORLANDO, FL (May 26, 2010) — Open Wide! Proud Parents Feed Their Chick at SeaWorld Orlando. A tawny frogmouth chick, hatched April 11, gets fed by its mother, while the father looks on.

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Birding Ruoergai, Sichuan, China

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The HBW even mentions the importance of Ruoergai for this species: “Key sites for migrants include the Ruoergai Plateau (China), which is also an important breeding area” Common Mergansers also seem to use these wetlands as breeding area.

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Birding a monastery: Zhaga, Western Sichuan

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In the non-breeding season, Common Merganser all look pretty much like females. Not a bad look though – more attractive than the male breeding plumage, I think. Zhaga monastery is a Tibetan monastery built on top of a somewhat remote mountain near the town of Yajiang.

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Birding the Kruger Park (2): Bateleur area

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It looked like a family of parrots were trying to kill each other” The Black-backed Puffback has what eBird describes as “a fiery red eye” eBird also explains the name: “When excited, males can raise fluffy white feathers on the rump to resemble a puffball.”

Birding Singapore

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The Asian Koel is a cuckoo species and thus freed from the obligation to raise its own chicks (though the birds like to refer to themselves as brood parasites, which sounds a bit less obviously selfish). Writing this post, I have been in lockdown in my Shanghai compound for 60 days.

And Man Created Dog

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It’s no accident that dogs evolved this way, as humans have been selectively breeding them for around 14,000 years to serve our needs as laborer, companion, hunter, herder and warrior, as well as to suit our aesthetic fancy. The Birth of the Herding Dog ” – Meet Miller, an adorable Pyreneese dog who was born and raised among the goats he herds for his owner. “

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Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

Critter News

Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices. They were a part of the zoo’s breeding program for the rare birds. Look at all these incidents that have occurred there (listed in the Montreal Gazette article in the above link).I I don't track zoos, but this seems like an unusually high number of casualties.

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Help clear the Antipodes of mice!

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Now everyone has a chance to help the Kiwis save their birds as a Wellington philanthropist, Gareth Morgan, is trying to raise NZ$ 1 million to clear the Antipodes Islands of mice. If the money is raised he will match it to get the work underway. The Antipodes, one of New Zealand’s subantarctic island possessions, are home to two endemic parrots, a subspecies of the Subantarctic Snipe, and a whole range of breeding seabirds, including albatrosses and penguins.

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Goldfinches Coming, Orioles Leaving

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Most birds have finished up raising young, but a few are in the thick of it like American Goldfinches. Our latest nester, these birds don’t start their breeding season until July and are frantically feeding young right now. I’m fascinated how some birds stretch our their stay in North America for breeding and some like orioles are in and out relatively quickly. This is such a weird time of year at bird feeders.

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Birding Balangshan, Sichuan, China (part 3)

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Wikipedia has a paragraph on their interesting mating system : “Home ranges are occupied by breeding groups of 3 or 4 males with 3 or 4 females. My last trip to Balangshan was in July 2021 – now I was back, three months later.

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My Championship Hummingbird Season

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Those of us who were raised in the four-season north (here in Michoacán one could define, at the most, three seasons) tend to think of avian migration in terms of seasonal temperatures.

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From Today's Los Angeles Times

Animal Ethics

In light of this horrible incident, is it right for the zoo to carry on a breeding program that subjects more animals to such unnatural lives? This horrible incident has raised some tough questions indeed. Many sanctuaries do not permit breeding.

Patience in Birding

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Many of these (like Plumbeous Kites and Swallow Tanagers ) are here to breed, and they do so alongside a host of resident species. I was saddened when I saw a White-lined Tanager feeding a Shiny Cowbird , but felt relieved a few weeks later when I saw her raising young of her own species.