Otters Must Be Stinky

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We assumed something must but dead…but that’s not what the vultures were were after… It was a river otter rolling in the grass. One young vulture even charged towards the otter as if to sample a bite. Because this was a live otter, the vultures never really attacked and a few times the otter charged vultures that got too close…but what the heck was going on? This otter was not dying or showing signs of illness.

Another Wildlife Trafficking Ring Busted

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They seized tiger skins, tiger bones and otter skins. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime otters India organizations poaching tigers In India this time. Where could those tiger bones be going but to Asian countries to make tiger bone wine?

Those Sea Serpents

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Because they aren’t fishes, but – Eurasian Otters! My first live otters ever (the only previous one was a road-kill)! Otters!! In that first year, about 95 bird species were recorded here, not to mention the Otter, listed as the Near Threatened species in the IUCN Red List. Birding Europe Mammals otters Serbia

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Sea Otter Sex

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Did you ever wonder what Sea Otter sex is like? And by that I’m not asking if you wondered what sex with a Sea Otter is like…oh, you know what, forget it. Just click here if you want to see Sea Otter porn. This is not safe for work if your boss is offended by Sea Otter penis. Mammals otters

Upside-down January

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Photo Una.World/rs The next patch to visit was the Reva Pond, farther down the Danube, to find the Black Woodpecker , 3 WT Eagles and a Eurasian Otter walking on ice, from one hole to another, diving for a short while and continuing farther.

Best Dad Award!

4 The Love Of Animals

Simon the Asian small-clawed river otter is one of the most helpful fathers at SeaWorld Orlando, demonstrating an amazingly sensitive side when it comes to caring for his young. It even includes rare footage — shot two years ago with a tiny night-vision camera concealed inside the otter’s den — of Simon cuddling and playing with his youngsters.

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The Reva Situation

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About the size of a hare, it is more clumsily jumping, than running… and that tail… It was the European Otter ! Reva Pond was my favourite local patch until, a few years back, construction works started there.

Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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People want to save the dolphins and the sea otters, but what about the bluefin tuna? We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. It's the same problem with marine life.

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The Final Days of the Danube backwaters in Belgrade: Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is coming to Serbia

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Whenever I come here, I am focused on birds, but I have had some good mammal sighting as well: a roe deer swimming across a pond (only its head and antlers visible), a pair of otters playing in the water, a curious (young?) Photographed within Beljarica: an otter by Snezana Panjkovic.

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The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

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Then, there were Eurasian Otters , which I’ve seen twice. The first time I spotted some movement on the water, focused my binos to see a Common Moorhen , but, hey, there’s something deep behind it, focusing further and seeing two otters diving and surfacing, swirling and playing. And how about Black Storks, otters and eagles? While I am talking to the media of the home of the otter and the house of the eagle, the authorities talk of millions in foreign investments.

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Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or in the Land of Coffee and Chocolate

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A Wood Stork lands in a tree, while one Neotropical River Otter swims across and climbs a floating log. On that glorious day, I observed ten critically endangered birds, representing 8% of their Costa Rican, or 2% of their global population!! But, let’s start at the beginning.

Birding and Wildlife photography at Limneo Lodge, Kerkini Lake, Greece

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Also, there are more than 44 species of mammals: Otter , Wildcat , Grey Wolf , Beech Martens , Wild Boar , and Golden Jackal. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

Birding Inirida, Colombia, or river dolphins and hoatzins, part 2

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En route we saw even more dolphins, a Giant Otter (dolphins sometimes associate with Giant Otters, Pteronura brasiliensis , to hunt by gathering and attacking fish at the same time) and a group of half a dozen rare (lifer for our tour-leader!)

Beljarica Backwaters: Some good news announced (but not yet official)

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I am not used to good news, and am suspicious of them. What could be the big picture here, my suspicious mind keeps asking? But let me go back – you do not know the news! My readers are already familiar with Beljarica Backwaters, as described in half a dozen posts here at 10,000 Birds.

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Birding Singapore Sports Hub

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Another surprise was that the Singapore Otters are quite content playing on the grass near the Indoor Stadium near where you can cross the river on the pedestrian bridge. Singapore Otters. One of the best features about Singapore is the fact that wherever you go there are birds. Admittedly we did not go into the downtown area once during our three week stay, but wherever there are trees there are birds and Singapore is a green city.

Birding Beljarica in August

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I started the campaign for the protection of Beljarica, raising public awareness and collecting more than 10,000 petition signatures, not only because of its Eurasian Otters , White-tailed Eagles , Black Storks , Icterine and Eastern Olivaceous Warblers , etc.,

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The Joys of Urban Birding in SE Europe

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Almost the size of a hare, it is more clumsily jumping, than running… and that tail… it is the European Otter! Basically, disturbing the site and the birds, nesting eagles and otters, and at some stage putting it off-limits for visits – in spring, the best season at this hotspot! Even before I turn the engine off, I hear the frog-like song of the Great Reed-Warblers.

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Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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You are certain to see Greater One-horned Rhinoceros , Water Buffalo and Hog Deer , and with a bit of luck Smooth-coated Otters. You may have read my recent piece on Birding the Okavango Delta in Botswana here on 10,000 Birds.

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The best-kept birding secrets of Belgrade

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mi at its widest point, consisting of seasonally inundated riparian forests, industrial poplar plantations, river arms and ponds with 60 mammal ( Eurasian Otter , Roe Deer , Wildcat , Golden Jackal , etc.)

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Pasir Ris Park-Singapore

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Walking beside the Pasir Ris Park Connector we watched otters playing in the water. It is also a good location for observing otters, squirrels and monitors. Our first destination for observing birds in Singapore during our three week visit in March was Pasir Ris Park. We chose this location due to it being a large area that offered parks and views across the sea towards the island of Pulau Ubin. It was also easily accessible on the MRT and was the end of the East West line.

Birding the Bear Mountain of Serbia

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Other species include Roe Deer (also spotted), Wildcat , European Pine Marten and Otter. A narrow forest road takes us to the chain blocking the entrance, with a sign “Area closed – bear danger”. Ranko Milanovic, Tara National Park ranger, leaves the car to open the passage.

How to Bird by Car

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A car also doubles as a good hide – many species will not respond to it (from personal experience, not just birds, but otters too). When for whatever reason you may no longer be much of a walker, that shouldn’t be a reason not to be a birder. A car is the obvious solution. When it’s sunny, you have the shade you want; when it’s cold, you can turn on the heating; when it’s windy, you can close the windward window. And you can also use your car speakers to play that owl call.

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Urban birds, urban birding… is there a future?

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The last Eurasian Otters were spotted here about the time the construction works started (I have observed them here half a dozen times, and other birders have seen them at least that many times). White-tailed Eagles normally take flight silently, yet, while checking some Common Starlings and hoping for Rosy Starlings , I heard a few noisy wing-beats, enough to turn and see a young eagle flying with a wing tag.

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Birds of Pantanal

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Here are a couple of nice photos for you: Hyacinth Macaws Toco Tucan Giant Otter Barred Antshrike White-fronted Woodpecker Greater Rea Maguary Stork Scaled Dove Yellow Anaconda crossing the Transpantaneira! Although 99% is privately owned, the Pantanal (swamp in Spanish) was my favorite place in Brazil.

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Linkwood Distillery: 15 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Swans swim on a small pond on the distillery grounds and deer and otters can be found by a trail that runs beside the burn. Whiskey Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskeys all month long.

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City Guide: Finding Birds in Belgrade

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no one has reported any more otter sightings since the construction started last year). Is Belgrade the New Berlin is a question recently raised in Vogue by Marry Holland. Her article starts with a bold claim that “no city makes you feel more like a New Yorker than Belgrade.” While I am a Belgrader, I have no clue why someone in the New Berlin should feel like a New Yorker (what, do New Yorkers feel like Berliners?) and am not a lifestyle writer to comment on those claims.

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Cristalino Lodge: A Day as a Birding Guide

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However, there are two main targets in the early afternoon boat ride: South American Tapir and Giant Otter. Giant Otters are one of the most charismatic and enjoyable mammals to watch along the Cristalino River. Few people can imagine (or even take seriously) the life of a birding guide at a lodge in the tropics, so I thought it would be a nice exercise to outline what an average day for me was like at Cristalino Lodge.

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Vulture vs. Bunny

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But she was beautiful – a deep, almost-black brown (called “otter”) with a palomino-colored belly, and jaw-droppingly soft fur. This is the story of an attitudinal bunny and the Black Vulture who dared to encroach on her territory. Two years ago I finally caved and told my daughter she could have a rabbit. She had wanted one for a long time, but I was convinced I would end up taking care of it, plus there were carnivorous birds in my house.

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The Smell of Napalm in the Morning

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Recently, 29 fish species of fish were recorded in this area, together with 8 amphibians, 9 reptiles and 62 species of mammals (including 20 species of bats), together with Wild Boar , Roe Deer , Wildcat , Golden Jackal , Eurasian Otter , European Pine and Beech Martens , Steppe Polecat , Stoat and the Least Weasel. Photo: This area holds 3 to 4 breeding pairs of White-tailed Eagles , which represents the biggest density per square mile anywhere in the country.

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Twitching Solitaire En Masse

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After we’d looked at this plain gray bird long enough, we headed to the nature museum and gawked at Black Bears and River Otters and search unsuccessfully for the Mountain Lion. In the past, I’ve been fairly hesitant about taking my two young children with me on longer birding excursions.

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Where to Find Me at the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

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Last year we had an amazing array of great birds and also were lucky enough to see an otter up close. I can’t wait to be in Florida! The 18th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is less than a month away and while we don’t have snow down yet here in New York City I am pretty sick of cold weather and could use some warmth and Florida sunshine!

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Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world

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There are 172 species of butterflies recorded within the national park, 24 species of bats, plus the Beech Marten (which I saw only as a road-kill), Otter , Wild Cat , Badger , Wild Boar , Grey Wolf and the European Brown Bear, among others. The other day I was exploring a new area for the first time, birding the national park that I’ve watched only in BBC documentaries, the place famous for the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world – more than 1300 pairs! Have you heard of it?

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Birding the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland

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Sea otters put on a playful dance show for us, and proceeded to laze about on the rocks, which we interpreted as posing for the camera. Julia Zarankin is on her way to becoming a birder. In her other life, she is a writer, editor, writing coach, and lecturer to later-life learners in Toronto. In her former life, she worked as a professor of Russian literature and culture at the University of Missouri.

2013 62

The Birding Rally Challenge Peru 2012

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Besides the birds, the teams were distracted by half a dozen primate species and rare Giant River Otters. What if there was an international multi-day Birding competition? What if there was an event that truly captured the rigors and fast-paced nature of the sport? What if this event took place in one of the most biodiverse natural areas in the world? Enter the inaugural Peru Birding Rally Challenge , the first international birding event of it’s kind in the world.

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Is The Hooded Grebe About To Go Extinct?

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If you’ve ever seen a Mink at a distance (a live mink, not a coat) you know that they are cute frolicking fun loving land otters. Podicipediformes, aka Grebes, are freshwater diving duckish birds that are not ducks. For an order they are neither diverse nor disparate. Twenty two species are distributed among six genera, depending on what happens to be extinct, and for the most part one grebe is like another.

2013 69

The One and Only Outer Banks Big Day

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We ended with 7 species of mammal, including River Otter, Gray Fox, and Marsh Rabbit, but the highlight may have been a little Canebrake Rattlesnake crossing the road at the Bodie Island lighthouse, a lifer herp for me. 5:15 am is never easy to see, but I rolled out of bed regardless. My friend Paul Taillie and I had to meet an intrepid bunch of birders for the inaugural Outer Banks Big Day field trip at the Wings Over Water festival in eastern North Carolina.

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Sani Pass – a Drakensberg birding gem

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Both species of southern African otters are also regularly encountered ( Cape Clawless and Spot-necked.). “In 80 birding tours to more than 100 countries, that was definitely the best day of birding I have ever had in my life!’ This unequivocal statement was recently made to me by a well traveled American birder after a day trip up Sani Pass. What a way to sum up what is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest birding sites and certainly my favorite in southern Africa.

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They’ve Got an Awful Lot of Birds in Brazil.

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Giant Otters–playful and oblivious to the lady with the camera–were in the competition, but all our boatman had to say was, “There’s a report of jaguars…” and we would say in unison, “Forget the birds.

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An April Weekend of New York City Birding

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Watching Desi experience the world is always a great way to cheer up, and seeing him go goggle-eyed over brightly colored fish, sea otter, and walrus was…wait, what’s that little yellow bird in the walrus enclosure? This spring has been rather lousy so far. Like, really lousy. Like, really cold, really wet, really windy, and almost completely lacking in days off work.

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

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You can make a similar map for the small carnivores, the Mustelids, such as minks, ermines, otters, etc. The ranger stood on the dirt road, facing south, and the rest of us, scattered about the parked safari truck, facing north and paying close attention to what she was saying. The sun was slipping quickly below the red sand dunes to our west, and the day’s warm breeze was rapidly changing to a chill wind.

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Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe by Lars-Henrik Olsen

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Examples are wolf, beaver, otter, domestic cat, wolverine, wild boar, elk (moose), and reindeer. I am a birder, and I love birds. I don’t mind that they share the world with other creatures, and I have even developed an appreciation for mammals, reptiles and amphibians – but only so long as watching them doesn’t collide with my finding birds.

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Seabirding off Cape Point

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Great Shearwater Yet it is the retrieval of the net that triggers the greatest seabird response as, almost on cue, the otter doors clang on the gantry signalling the next retrieve, and with it the birds converge on the bulging net as it breaks surface surrounded by porpoising Cape Fur Seals and plunge-diving gannets taking immediate advantage of whatever spillage occurs.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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It provides shelter for many songbirds and water-associated animals, including the river otter, turtles, beaver, American pelicans, ospreys, and migratory songbirds. June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again. The latest press release from the USFWS. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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