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

Cape Batis on Birding Planet

Cape Batis on Birding Planet

Cape Batis video

This was another lifer for me; the Cape Batis. It is a Flycatcher-like bird which is closely related to helmetshrikes and bushrikes. It has a large head and a thick, black eye-mask and golden eyes (female’s eyes are reddish). It has a black breast band. HD Video of the male Cape Batis:

Interesting Bird Fact -Researchers Discover Puffins Fluorescent Beaks

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 made the discovery back in…Read More

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