Tanzanian Starlings, Shrikes, and Weavers (Part 3)

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Click on the image to see a Speke’s Weaver colony in action on an escarpment near Lake Manyara, Tanzania. The Red-headed Weaver hunting silently in the treetops. Birding Beat on Assignment Tanzania Weaver BirdsWONDERFUL WEAVERS There are many different Weavers in the world and as far as I can tell they share the skill of masterful nest building… unlike the shabby unstable creations of, say, Mourning Doves.

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Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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I get that you’re really angry, I mean, he was a popular lion and yes, his cute widdle cubs will probably die to, but I can’t help feeling you’ve kind of missed the point a bit, and well, ending all hunting in Africa will not solve much and maybe make things worse and… No, no, I’m not a hunter. Tell me, what happens if we rip away hunting when hunting protects more wildlife land in Africa than national parks? Hi there.

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We Should Kill More Lions

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The answer should be obvious to anyone familiar with wildfowl hunting in the US and the film Jerry McGuire – money. If you want to have the “thrill” of shooting a wild lion (not a canned hunt), well, you’re going to need a lot of land to sustain those lions. Take the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Managing areas for hunting does exactly that. Lion shooting over three years brought $75 million into the economy of Tanzania alone.

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White-backed Vultures are Proper Birds

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The populations remain stable in Ethiopia, Tanzania and southern Africa, but have collapsed in West Africa and have declined in other parts as well. They are threatened by hunting for traditional medicine, veterinary drugs, and poachers who poison them to conceal their poaching activities.

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The Storks of Africa

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A Marabou Stork arriving at its roost tree, Serengeti, Tanzania by Adam Riley We’ll start off with the largest and ugliest of them all (measuring up to 60in (152cm) in height, a weight of 20 lb (9 kg) and a wingspan of up to 12ft), the Marabou Stork. Yellow-billed Stork portrait (note the pink flush indicating breeding status), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania by Adam Riley The Yellow-billed Stork has a closely-related sister species in Asia known as Painted Stork.

From the Mailbag

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It is an animated website aimed at educating and inspiring children about endangered species, and all of our characters actually exist in a real-life camp in Tanzania which protects black rhino and wild African hunting dogs. Hello Keith, Mylan, and Jonathan We stumbled across your very worthy site and read some recent posts. you have a very interesting blog! We’re going to go and have an in-depth look this morning, in the meantime, please take a look at our website.

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Patch: An Urban Red-tailed Hawk (3 of 4)

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She had inadvertently cached the food and come back for it in the midst of hunting for other things. Another revelation came when I discovered she was hunting well into the night. When she returned the following year she had refined her hunting technique. I’ll be in Tanzania when that post appears working on a new topic for January. (Check out Part 1 here) (Check out Part 2 here) This hawk was a fierce hunter.

Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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Originally a hunting term, the Big Five were the most dangerous and prized targets of the great white hunters on safari. Prime destinations for seeing African Elephant in the wild include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Uganda. However it is now one of the world’s rarest animals after decades of relentless hunting and poaching. Black Rhinos are best sought in South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania.

The Bee-eaters of Africa

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After breeding they also disperse over the rainforests and savannas of West and Central Africa, where they hunt for aerial insects. It occurs in similar montane forest edges but further south, with Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania forming the bulk of its range. Excellent locations for finding this bird include Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park and the forests cloaking Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

Africa’s endangered species

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A pair of Hooded Vultures in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania by Adam Riley. Rueppell’s Vulture scanning for a carcass at Ndutu, Tanzania by Adam Riley. An adult (left) and subadult (right) White-backed Vulture with full crops after feeding on the remains of a Lion kill, Ndutu, Tanzania by Adam Riley. A foraging Northern Bald Ibis near Tamri, Morocco by Adam Riley Extinction, driven by loss of feeding habitat, nest disturbance, hunting and poisoning, seemed inevitable.