Kamikaze Pigeons and a War to Extinction

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Two Feral Pigeons. Three Feral Pigeons. One more Feral Pigeon. I am inside the city of Belgrade, checking the theoretically possible Peregrine Falcon site. One Feral Pigeon. Yet, not a trace of a falcon. Serbia has a large number of pigeon fanciers and a long history of lack of law enforcement in the field of wildlife crime ( Newsweek on poaching in the Balkans ). ” Falcons do hunt pigeons, we all know that, but what is a Kamikaze pigeon?

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Bird vs. Reptile in Key West

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We had a call one morning about a snake and a hawk,” says Tom Sweets, the executive director and chief rescuer of the Key West Wildlife Center , located at the very tip of Florida. Along with animal care director Peggy Coontz, Tom and a number of volunteers rescue and care for injured and orphaned wildlife within 15 miles of the Center, as well as those spotted on small islands around Key West. Last year, 4,000 young Peregrine Falcons swept through the Keys on their way north.

There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

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Up to 100 kg – possibly a female, my guide and a bear researcher from the wildlife charity Callisto, Yannis Tsanakis, tells me. At the same time, a Peregrine Falcon flies across the valley. The tour was organised by the Natural Greece ecotourism specialists from Athens, Greece, in collaboration with the Callisto wildlife charity which has done a lot of work on bears in this area. Further reading: Central and European Wildlife by Gerard Gorman (Bradt Travel Guides).

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Lake Indoon

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There were some reeds remaining as well and enough water to sustain a substantial amount of bird life and wildlife. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes , a Rufous Whistler , Mistletoebird and Brown Falcon were soon added to the list and we had soon returned to camp to venture off for the day. You also need to be aware of feral bees that may harm you, but of course there are ample warnings about all of the dangers in the area! Feral bees.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge–East Pond. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge–East Pond. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Road birding in New Zealand

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Many a birding trip starts with a longish drive from the airport to the first birding site with these common roadside birds being the first taste you get of a country’s wildlife, and I feel that many bird trip reports, interested mostly in mega-rarities, gloss over the amazing experience this first drive can give. Easily separated from the New Zealand Falcon by its size and wing shape, and the fact you rarely see falcons while driving.