Owls around Delhi

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Still, I contacted a local guide and shot for the moon: “Can you show me any owls”? The Brown Fish Owl is the most common of all Fish Owls. This D usky Eagle Owl is blind on one eye but still seems to be doing ok. Birding Delhi India owls

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Snowy Owl Ethics

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When he reached out to ask if he could contribute a piece to 10,000 Birds about about the ethics around the current Snowy Owl irruption in the central and eastern United States we were all for it! “In In support of the Snowys I will not be liking any more Snowy Owl photos.”. This quote is from an anonymous birder’s comment on a Facebook post showing two birders flushing a Snowy Owl and then giving a “thumbs up.” Snowy Owls have value. Birding ethics owls Snowy Owl

Barking Owls in Broome

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We are lucky enough here in Broome to have a pair of Barking Owls that have chosen to roost in town. Over the years there have been Barking Owls observed in the Town Beach area and the Courthouse gardens and we have heard them “barking” at home as well. The first time we observed the pair of Barking Owls this year it was very dull and late in the day and they stared down at us from the top of a tall tree. Barking Owls. Barking Owls -puffed out throat!

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An Owl-Full Day

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Sunday morning dawned clear and cool, perfect weather in which to find some owls. Sunrise found me in a car with Rich Kelly and Seth Ausubel, on our way to Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx where we would be joined by Bob Dieterich and Gene Herskovics for an owl prowl. For some reason, Pelham Bay Park has long attracted wintering owls and Great Horned Owls nest there and are year-round residents. One owl down, two to go! We still needed Barred Owl !

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Wisconsin Falconer Legally Traps Snowy Owl

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I’m to the point that I wish all the Snowy Owls in the US this winter would head back north. There’s been some confusing info because Project SNOWStorm also captured and put a transmitter on a first winter female Snowy Owl around the same time in the same area. ” But then I thought of the other wild raptors falconers can take like a Northern Goshawk, Gyrfalcon, Great Horned Owl and Peregrine Falcon and debated with myself about why an owl is different.

Great Gray Owl: Seeing the Ghost

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There are birds more prized by North American birders than the Great Gray Owl , but not many*. Like many cold-weather creatures, the Great Gray Owl can to some extent trade altitude for latitude. Though hardly common, Great Gray sightings are a yearly occurrence in Western Montana, and it is one of the twelve species of owl known to breed in the state. We made our way to the spot that the owl had, according to our guides, last been seen. The owl wasn’t there.

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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls

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“Do they have owls?” I immediately phoned the manager and enquired if the property had any Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls. …Sure, we got lots of ‘em javelina and wild hogs too” But I explained to him that I was a hunter of a different kind and that I was looking for tiny owls and not wild pigs. He told me that he had never seen the little owls that I was referring to. A pair of Ferruginous Pygmy Owls!

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Great Gray Owl in Keene, New York

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”) that we drive up to the Adirondacks so I could finally connect with a Great Gray Owl. With much trepidation I told her the owl was in Keene, about four-and-a-half hours away and I could call my folks and see if they would put us up for the night at their house, half-way back from the long-range twitch. After all, the Great Gray Owl in Keene was seen mostly in the evening and we had all day to get up north. spotted the owl. But it’s a GREAT GRAY OWL !

“Potted Plant Owls”

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A family of owls, affectionately called the Potted Plant Owls have taken up residence in a potted plant on the the balcony of South African couple Allen and Tracy. Their natural habitat is under threat, as housing developers plan to build on the neighboring wetland, effectively destroying the owls’ remaining hunting ground. Allan and Tracy are using the Potted Plant Owl “Africam” to grow awareness and support for this wonderful cause.

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Minnesota, a Winter Owl Wonderland

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An Imposing Great Gray Owl, by Carlos Sanchez. Great Gray Owl , Northern Hawk Owl , Snowy Owl – this trinity captures the imagination of most birders with their imposing presence, unique adaptations, and beauty as among the most desired species of bird to see in the world. Northern Hawk Owl found on Kolu Road in Sax-Zim Bog, by Erik Bruhnke. “That’s a Northern Hawk Owl,” I muttered softly in disbelief and shock.

How Close Is “Too Close” To An Owl?

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” My question that I hope you can help me with is what would be considered a safe distance to photograph Northern Saw-what Owls? Would this be considered a threat to these owls?” First I applaud the photographer for actually asking the question of how close to get to a Saw-whet Owl. And quite frankly, I’ve seen some of the most dedicated of ethical birders get excited at finding an owl and get closer than they should. Birds owls

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Pel’s Fishing Owls, Phantoms of the Okavango

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For many birders, the Pel’s Fishing Owl roosts in a lofty position on just such a list. One of the most highly desirable birds in the world, the Pel’s Fishing Owl is a true phantom. Found patchily in sub-Saharan Africa, this large, ginger-colored owl can never be guaranteed on a trip to the continent. The Okavango Delta from the air Adrian Binns I’ve been fascinated with Pel’s Fishing Owls since my South African childhood.

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The Great Horned Owl: An In-Depth Study by Scott Rashid

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Owls are among the birds with the greatest power to fascinate non-birders, for good and ill. One such person is Scott Rashid, who early in his tome The Great Horned Owl: An In-Depth Study recounts his own first owl sighting at the age of sixteen. Young Scott put in yeoman’s work first identifying, then attempting to photograph the birds he stumbled across while hunting rabbits with a friend, and apparently his drive has stayed with him from that day to this.

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The Western Screech-Owl Nests in Tree Cavities

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Western Screech-Owl ( Megascops kennicottii ) photos by Larry Jordan It’s been an interesting winter in my neck of the woods. Personally, I’m waiting for the irruption of Snowy Owls to reach northern California! We dipped on the sapsucker but while we were there, a group of birders from Southern California stumbled upon this Western Screech-Owl ( Megascops kennicottii ) a few hundred yards from our location. Birding California owls Twitching Western Screech-Ow

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Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. The Caribbean islands were once populated by enormous owls, some over 3-feet tall, some flightless. There are distinct differences between Eastern Screech-Owl morphs. Reviews book review owls

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Short-eared Owl at Plum Beach, Brooklyn

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We were walking on the south side of the marsh, hoping to find some of the Common Redpolls that had invaded the New York City area the previous week when something made me look to my left and up and I saw a Short-eared Owl in flight that had evidently just been unintentionally flushed from the opposite side of the marsh by someone out for a stroll. The Short-eared Owl has an enormous range, occurring on every continent except for Australia and Antarctica.

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Stolpman Vineyards: Para Maria de los Tecolotes (2017)

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Owling on Christmas Bird Counts is a peculiar business. There’s the whole role of chance in owling, too. In birding, perhaps only the proverbial wild goose chase and snipe hunt rank below owling in terms of expected success. Good owling and happy drinking!

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Z. Alexander Brown: Uncaged – Cabernet Sauvignon (2017)

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Just yesterday I learned that the Barn Owl ( Tyto alba ) is the only breeding bird found in New York that has been documented nesting in every month of the year. Barn Owls with their Brood (c. The deadly prowess with which their resident Barn Owls hunt rodents allows Z.

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I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for owls. Wander through my front door and glance upwards and you’ll find at least two watching you, a Tawny Owl and a Barn Owl , both sadly gathered as roadkills. Above our fireplace is a large painting of a Barn Owl. Barn Owl In my ‘younger’ days I thought nothing of spending several hours in the field in the dark searching for owls. Birding Barn Owl features kids owls Short-eared Owl

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Playback or Birding in the Dark

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A portable speaker is placed on the top of the car, playing Tawny Owl calls from a smartphone. Although we do enjoy it immensely, we are not doing it for fun, but to gather information on distribution, habitat choice and density of breeding pairs of owls for the first national and second pan-European atlas of breeding birds. Driving through the forest in darkness, we had a Tawny Owl flying across the road. Conservation Bird Call Playback ethics owls Tawny Owl

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. The Kentucky Ornithological Society and the Beckham Bird Club have both come out strongly against the hunting season. It is OK for people to like to hunt.

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Poop From The Front End Of The Bird

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Many are familiar with dissecting owl pellets, but several birds will caste a pellet including hawks, eagles, gulls, herons and heck, I once witnessed a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher hack up a small one. Owls have a tendency to swallow prey whole and if they do rip large prey apart to swallow it, their digestive juices are not as strong and you can find a whole bunch of info about their diet in their pellets. Three flighted creatures in one Great Horned Owl pellet!

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Potpourri of Amazing Bird Science

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— and link that to something abut the Great Grey Owl and my BFF Analiese Miller who is an amazing, emerging, photographer who has recently trained her 300mm Cannon F4 lens on the birds (including the Great Grey) at Sax Zim. But in Iraq, and more exactly, Kurdistan and Iraqi Kurdistan, they are supposed to be there (and are regularly hunted and eaten) and the fighting is not supposed to be there. Birds Cassin''s Auk crows Great Grey Owl Mass Death research

Birders Ignoring Signs

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Snowy Owls are all over the place this winter. One person noted on social media that they were having a tough time finding a snowy owl. And is stepping six feet closer to the fence really going to make a difference in your Snowy Owl view? It makes the airport do things like crack down on the few places birders can visit to watch for owls and close them off completely. And this year the pickin’s for quality hunting grounds may be even slimmer.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2021)

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I thought for sure that Wild Turkeys on the wing would be the highlight of my birding weekend, but that we before I came upon a Barred Owl in broad daylight perched on a power line in Alma, NY.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2020)

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Though I traveled to NYC this weekend, Ivy and I nailed down our best bird before I left; a Short-eared Owl has been hunting at a local park not 10 minutes from our house, which makes for the easiest owl sighting we’ve snagged in a long time!

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What is the National Bird of Aruba?

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Many of us picture owls in the sky, silently soaring, or perched atop tree branches or light poles as they sleep or keep an eye out for prey. However, on my first trip to Aruba I scanned the ground for a very special type of small owl, known for its terrestrial antics. The Aruban Burrowing Owl hunts primarily from the ground, hopping and running after lizards, insects, and small mammals. Unlike many other owl species, the male and the female are the same size.

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Botswana’s Private Reserves

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Many countries have private reserves and concessions, run for tourism or hunting, that provide outstanding wildlife watching opportunities. Southern White-faced Scops Owl or African Scops Owl? Brown-hooded Kingfishers hunt far from water. Spotted Eagle Owls are one of several owls that can be seen here.

Forest Bathing

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Now that I have driven that to a state of relative completion and I am compelled to return to the forest, I learned that the government here has re-opened the hunting season. During a two-year long moratorium on hunting in T&T, I had some of the most incredible birding experiences.

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Backyard Beneficiaries

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At night, we keep our eyes out for the passage of the neighborhood Barn Owl , oftentimes a Tropical Screech-Owl would hunt insects from a low perch on our almond tree. Sometimes this Merlin ‘s mate comes to check him out, but for most of the northern winter he hunts solo.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of November 2018?

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For me, the colder weather will probably sting until I pick up my first Snowy Owl of the season. Since November isn’t the optimal time to go owl hunting in these parts, I’m going to try to find some fun winter finch action along the lakeshore this weekend. As I watch the season’s first snowfall (flurries, thankfully) accumulate on my lawn, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss. Most, if not all, of our southbound migrants have moved on.

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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212) who trap, follow, and analyze the migration paths of Snowy Owls, a project founded in 2013, the magic year of the Snowy Owl irruption. Author Scott Weidensaul and a Snow Owl. Ask any birder–migration is joy.

Everyday Sunshine: Oh the places we’ll go

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Abbotts Lagoon welcomes the night and so do Burrowing Owls. Searching for Golden Gate Great Horned Owls. Red-tailed Hawks often hunt through dusk in San Francisco. Owling anyone? Looking for birds means we go where the birds are. Every once in a while, when it gets quiet, I look around and marvel at the places birds have dragged me out into. Here are a few. (in

Freeze-birding down the Danube

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A shot or two coming from the opposite bank, but they do not sound like geese shooting – more like boar hunting. A goose hunt sounds like a WWII battle. A flock of small birds at the dyke, Yellowhammers mostly… I cannot see well because of one enthusiastic hunting dog which takes pleasure in running through the snow and flushing them up whenever the birds land. We counted more than 35 of them, relaxed and fearless, clearly not hunted.

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Creepers in the Forest

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But this book taught me about eagles, owls, storks and herons. I’ve seen this bird hunting, actively denuding dead branches in pursuit of what lies beneath. Getting familiar with birds is a process.

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Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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Once the private hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur, this fabulous wetland gave us a list of over ninety species in a very relaxed day on a recent trip! On night drives here looking for Eurasian Eagle Owl and nightjars you have a very good chance of seeing Striped Hyena.

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Falconry – Bloodsport or Alternative Form of Birding?

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Dirt hawking is a form of falconry that involves hunting rabbits and other small game with Harris Hawks (other hawk species also qualify). One of the primary reasons that these hawks make such excellent falconry birds is because they are one of only two raptor species (the other is the Galapagos Hawk ) that hunt cooperatively. In the case of fox hunting (a true bloodsport), dogs are domesticated animals that are killing, not for food, but for sport.

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Staying Out Late

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Next time you find the light fading and resign yourself to a night sky filled with owls and bats, remember that some diurnal denizens like to stay out late too. Red-tailed Hawks have a habit of hunting well into the night if there is any available light and the getting is good. I’ve often seen Northern Harriers overlap with Short-eared Owls as the night shift swings into action.

Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

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Which tours saw the most roosting owls? This odd nocturnal creature is around the same size as a Barred Owl. As it learns to hunt and live on its own, the young bird has taken up residence in a tree right in front of the farm.

Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Birding

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As I neared the shore, I spooked a hunting Striated Heron who in turn spooked a Neotropic Cormorant hunting the shallow water. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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With the proposed hunting seasons on sandhill cranes being discussed in Tennessee, Kentucky and Wisconsin, we must not forget the whooping crane, which travels and winters in the big sandhill crane flocks. Hunting sandhill cranes in the Eastern flyway will put those 100 whooping cranes at even greater risk of being brought down by gunfire, hunter education courses and handy color brochures notwithstanding. More states will doubtless join the queue of those proposing hunts.

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Butte Valley Wildlife Area and Meiss Lake

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Like many “wildlife areas” it is open to waterfowl hunting during the season. Their birding checklist includes hundreds of birds, fifty-four of which are designated as a local nesters, including four species of grebe, three species of teal, Swainson’s Hawk, Greater Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Wilson’s Phalarope, and five species of Owl (including Burrowing Owl). A few weeks ago I led a field trip to Butte Valley Wildlife Area.

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A Skip of Skylarks?

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During the middle ages, a specialised vocabulary became popular in the sport of hunting. Most of the collective nouns would have been used to describe animals that were hunted for sport which is disturbing when one considers a Parliament of Owls for example, a Herd of Wrens or a Stand of Flamingos. As the terms of venery have their roots in hunting, is it not odd that swans have 12 group names to call on (from Eyrar to Lamentation ).

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