Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Watching a Bald Eagle Nest

Courtesy of Mr. Ken Schneider

Watching a Bald Eagle Nest
By Ken Schneider

"Openness to the natural world and our response to it lie at the core of what we do and why we do it." (Fr. Tom Pincelli)

Photos by
Ken Schneider


Photo by Juan Aguero (juanKa)
Eco Pond, Flamingo, Everglades National Park

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bird-lovers gawk at eagle nest in Pembroke Pines (update photos by juanKa)


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Photos by Juan Aguero (juanKa)

Sunrise in Flamingo (feb 17)

Photos by Juan Aguero (juanKa)
Flamingo, Everglades National Park

Bird-lovers gawk at eagle nest in Pembroke Pines

By Eileen Soler
Special to the Miami Herald

On the south side of Pines Boulevard, about a half-mile east of U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines, a group of bird-watchers, animal lovers and curious gawkers gather every day with binoculars and cameras.

They set their sights up high on a four-foot-wide nest bustling with eagle activity that is considered a blessing and a rarity.

One watcher said it makes her proud to be an American.

Inside the nest is the first parental pair of American bald eagles in Broward County since 1972.

The mother eagle spends most of her day feeding and pruning her two fuzzy-feathered eaglets, about five weeks young, while her mate keeps a proud watch perched nearby in a lean forest of skeletal melaleuca trees.(read more)

Avian ecologist says seven charged with killing 21 wading birds should ‘hunt each other’ (updated)

Via EMail: by Aida

By RYAN MILLS (Contact)
Originally published 8:19 p.m., Thursday, February 19, 2009
Updated 7:54 a.m., Friday, February 20, 2009

On Tuesday night, 21 wading birds dropped abnormally from the skies above Goodland, victims of what authorities say appears to be a small group of people with guns who waited for the birds to return to roost, and then shot them for no other reason than to watch them fall.

“Basically they were sitting in the birds’ bedroom waiting for ... the birds to return to go to bed for the night,” said Officer Dan Sterman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who was working on land patrol nearby and heard the volley of gunshots.

The gunfire came from the direction of a bird rookery near Curcie Lake, off County Road 92 between U.S. 41 East and Goodland.(read more)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Naples: 7 accused in rare bird kills

Authorities say seven people have been arrested after shooting and killing protected birds in rural Collier County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the six men and a woman were arrested Tuesday night.

Officers say they found 21 dead birds at the scene, including the protected white ibis and blue heron.

Authorities also found dead tree swallows and cormorants, protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

No dejaremos de explorar !!!!

Photo by Juan Aguero (juanKa)
Everglades National Park

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Eco Pond (Safari)

Photo by Juan Aguero (juanKa)
Eco Pond, Flamingo, Everglades National Park
Camera Canon 40D, Lens Canon EF 300mm L IS

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Enter the competition

The search for the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 has begun.

Once again, we are seeking the very best wildlife images - photographs that are not only technically flawless but creative, innovative and surprising - with preference for pictures taken in wild and free conditions, that faithfully represent nature.

Before you enter
  • Please make sure you have read and abided by the competition rules before you enter.
  • Find out how to win and some insider tips from the Chairman.
  • Check out the categories (updated definitions) and prizes. More information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions and the Young Competition pages.
  • Translations of the rules are available in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Images must be digitally captured or be scans of transparencies.
  • Original transparencies or the original capture as it was recorded by the camera will be requested if an image reaches the final stage. All finalists will also be required to provide full picture information and technical details.
  • If the competition organisers need to contact you an email will be sent from nhm@nhm.pmailuk.com or wildphoto@nhm.ac.uk. Please add these to your address book to avoid them being blocked by email security settings.
  • Fee: £20 for online entry, £27 for postal entries (CD's only).
  • Entry to the Young competition is free
  • Closing date for online entries: Friday 27 March 2009
  • Closing date for postal entries (CD's only): Friday 20 March 2009
How to enter
Enter online (you will need a broadband connection)

Step one
Adult entrants register here
Junior entrants register here

Step two
Once your registration is complete you will receive an email with your entry code which you can use to login with your email address and start uploading your photos.

Postal entries
Please go to the competition rules for full details on how to enter through the post. You will also need to complete an entry form.

"Real" Eco Pond (feb 15)

Photos by Juan Aguero (juanKa)
Eco Pond,Flamingo,Everglades national Park
Camera 40D, Lens Canon 17-40mm

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

A small, active white heron, the Snowy Egret is found in small ponds as well as along the ocean shore. Its black legs and yellow feet quickly identify it.(read more)