Befriending a Robin in Ireland during COVID-19 Lockdown

The recently imposed health policy of lockdown has become a universal phenomenon with people across the globe experiencing the unprecedented restriction of personal movement, and isolation from friends, family and neighbours. In Ireland national policies of self imposed isolation have been welcomed by some as an opportunity for invention, creation and innovation, and experimental family…Read More

Birdwatching in Malaysia (Part 3)

Part 3 of “Birdwatching in Malaysia” where I saw 300 bird species in 17 days by Mat Wilson Read Part 1 of Birdwatching in West Malaysia here. Read Part 2 of Birding in Malaysia here. Day 11 of Birdwatching in Malaysia (13th March) – Superb Sunday We decided to go off down the waterfall road…Read More

Birding in Malaysia (part 2)

Part 2 of “Birding in Malaysia” where I saw 300 bird species in 17 days by Mat Wilson Read Part 1 of Birdwatching in West Malaysia here. Birding in Malaysia: Day 4, (6th March) Started the day with a walk up to the lighthouse where we sat and looked out across the Straits. Had really…Read More

Birdwatching in Iowa

A Day of Birdwatching in Rural Southwest Iowa by Phyllis Davis This is part two and follows on from Birding in Iowa part one… …I head through the Loess Bluffs and down into the river valley of the Missouri to continue my Birdwatching in Iowa…  Forney’s Lake State Wildlife Management Area is my next destination. There…Read More

Birding in Southwest Iowa

A Day in the Life of a Birder in Rural Southwest Iowa by Phyllis Davis Camera….check, hiking shoes….check, tripod….check, multiple layers….check, bright sun in the sky….check. Looks like the perfect day to scan the beautiful, rural, southwest Iowa countryside for some of my favorite feathered friends. I climb into my Forester, camera always at arms…Read More

Bird Photographer of The Year – Shortlist

Bird Photographer of The Year Announces The Magnificent Shortlist Competing Photos of 2020 For the fifth year now, the prestigious Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) announced the shortlist photographs of 2020.  15,000 images were submitted by photographers from over 60 countries worldwide. (If you haven’t already joined the Birding Planet Facebook group, click here to join)…Read More

How to Take Excellent Bird Photos

    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 results, but who is happy…Read More

Brown-Hooded Kingfisher on Birding Planet

Black Bird Walk

This morning I woke up early and went for a quick birding walk in my neighbourhood. It turned out to be a black bird morning as I saw Black-Collared Barbets Black Sunbirds Black-eyed Bulbuls Black-headed Orioles As well as Hadedas, Cape Turtle Doves, Cape Weavers, Red Winged Starlings and… this Brown-Hooded Kingfisher:   (click on image…Read More

Southern Red Bishop on Birding Planet

Southern Red Bishop on Birding Planet

Southern Red Bishop – Male

I photographed this Southern Red Bishop yesterday on a dam in the Eastern Cape. The male is a brilliant red colour. They are related to the Weavers and often found with them in reeds and near water.  

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