Exotic birds and reptiles are fascinating creatures and many people across the globe love to keep and collect them. These animals have become valuable commodities as a result and so in spite of the laws in place to protect them, many species are being driven to the brink of extinction by the pet trade.
It would appear that some people will take offence at anything, even bird watchers! A schoolgirl who became the youngest person to spot 4,000 birds now been forced to endure online abuse on a daily basis.
New technology makes our lives easier and more exciting. But criminals and terrorists also like to take advantage of the latest innovations and drones have proved to be no exception. Not so very long ago, a drone would have seemed like a highly futuristic device which would be beyond the budget of mere mortals, when […]
Wisdom is a remarkable bird in more ways than one. At 66, she is the oldest known wild bird but she has recently hatched a chick. Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, has managed to hatch a chick two years in a row which is unusual even for a young bird.
Cute, characterful and unusual pets can quickly become social media stars. Many of these animals now have millions of followers and can even travel the world like celebrities. But our love of cuddly critters isn’t confined to real animals. The latest internet sensation in China is a pair of strange parrots who look more like […]
Sometimes an attempt to solve a problem can simply cause an even worse one. Drusillas Park near Alfriston recently managed to kill several of their lorikeets whilst trying to save them!
The Bird Man of Alcatraz was a 1962 movie starring Burt Lancaster which told the story of inmate Robert Stroud. This was the largely fictionalised account of a convicted murder who behaved badly in prison and so spent most of his time on “The Rock” in solitary confinement.
A rare hen harrier which went missing in County Durham sparked an unpleasant feud between landowners, grouse shooters and conservationists last year. The bird in question, Highlander, had been fitted with a tracking device but this stopped transmitting in April. It was feared that the harrier had been deliberately killed to protect lucrative grouse moors.
Your bird watching activities might usually be confined to enjoying the sight of garden birds at your bird feeders. Birds of prey are an altogether more dramatic sight which you are unlikely to enjoy in your garden, although you never know!
Dubbed Crufts for pigeons, the British Homing World Show of the Year has been held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for the past 40 years. This year’s event took place in January and 2500 pigeons arrived to compete to become Supreme Champion. The show was visited by 25,000 breeders and fans from across Europe.