Researchers Discover Puffins Have Fluorescent Beaks That Glow Under UV Light

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Puffins are known for digging burrows and mating for life (just like the Egyptian Goose) but a recent discovery has made the seabird seem even more unique. British ornithologist, Jamie Dunning, found that the beaks of Atlantic puffins are fluorescent and glow a bright blue when placed under an ultraviolet light. Dunning […]

Owls born outside of office window won’t stop staring at workers inside

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It’s always nice to see animals in nature, just maybe not when they’re staring at you throughout your work day. According to Michael Lens’ a bunch of owls were born outside of their coworker’s windowsill recently, and now they’re all grown up. He recently posted on Twitter: Owls were born […]

Being outside can have Massive Health Benefits. Science-backed reasons to spend more time outdoors

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Shutterstock   Spending time in forests , hiking in mountains, and time being outside can lead to significant health benefits. Studies have shown that walking in the wild can improve blood pressure, lift mental health issues, and reduce cancer probability. So seek some time “forest-bathing” to improve your health. Many […]

Video of Crows divebombing Crowned Eagle at International Cricket Match

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I recently took this video of a group of 3 to 4 Crows chasing a Crowned Eagle at international cricket match between South Africa and Bangladesh. The Eagle later got one of the chicks and we saw it flying away with the small bird in it’s talons. Excuse the quality […]

How to Take Excellent Bird Photos

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    Here’s an excellent, comprehensive course by the world-renowned photographer Jared Polin, showing you how to take better bird photos You are more Than AUTO You are smarter than your camera, so why let it make all the decisions for you? Your camera’s Auto feature may give you okay […]

Ian Sinclair’s New SA Bird Pocketbook

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From well-known South African Bird expert, Ian Sinclair, comes the latest in Struik Nature’s Pocket Guide series. This book covers an astonishing 500 southern African birds yet is small enough to fit in your pocket. You can also get the kindle version here (at a reduced price) to read on […]

Hamerkop

Hamerkop Video

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I filmed this Hamerkop on my way home on the outskirts of East London (South Africa). It was crossing the road of the small causeway which provides a nice location for nature and wildlife very close to town. Here’s the HD Hamerkop Video: The Hamerkop (English translation is “Hammer Head”) […]

Red Backed Mannikin

Red Backed Mannikin finds string for nest (Video)

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While I was in the Drakensburg I filmed this Red Backed Mannikin (aka Brown Backed Mannikin) who had just found a string to assist with his nest-building. I don’t often see this variation; in the Eastern Cape we are more accustomed to the Bronze Mannikin and my garden is usually […]

Crowned Crane HD Video

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I filmed this pair of Crowned Cranes on a farm in Stutterheim, Eastern Cape. It is the same place I filmed the Blue Cranes a few years ago. And, just the same as in the Blue Crane video, these Crowned Cranes appeared to putting on the mating dance. Both sexes […]

The Oriental Stork

Birds on the Endangered Species List

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I recently found this video of Birds on the Endangered Species List. A big part of Birding Planet’s mission is to bring awareness about birds that are vulnerable or are facing extinction, that is mainly why I set up the donation page. small-header=”false” data-adapt-container-width=”true” data-hide-cover=”false” data-show-facepile=”true”> Birding Planet Endangered species […]