Winged wonders to spot this September

As the morning’s take longer to lighten and the evenings draw to a close just as fast, it’s important to know what you’re looking for with the few daylight hours we have at this time of year.

Join me as we take a look at five winged animals you can spot in the UK this month:

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Winners revealed: Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

More than 22,000 images were submitted for this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year competition, all of which were sent in with the hopes of claiming the ยฃ5,000 top prize. But which one was chosen as the top shot? Take a look through some of the incredible entries and see if you agree with the gold medal winning photo.

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Get involved: RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch has begun!

Today marks the beginning of this year’s RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

Over the next three days (until Sunday 31 January 2021), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are encouraging people across England, Wales, and Scotland to spend just one hour counting the birds they spot in their garden, from their balcony, or in their local park. So grab yourself a cuppa, as well as maybe a notepad, pen, and some binoculars (if you have them) and make yourself comfy!

Here are just a few of the birds you might see this weekend:

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Join the Puffarazzi to help protect and conserve the threatened “clowns of the sea”

Puffin, credit Chris Taylor
ยฉ Chris Taylor

One of the most famous bird charity’s in the UK, RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), has launched its latest citizen science photography project – Puffarazzi. Continue reading “Join the Puffarazzi to help protect and conserve the threatened “clowns of the sea””

10 fascinating facts about peacocks

blue and green peacock
Photo by NAUSHIL ANSARI on Pexels.com

Many people refer to these majestic creatures as peacocks but did you know that is actually the name for the male of the species? These birds are called peafowl with the males known as peacocks and the females being peahens. Here are ten more fascinating facts about these incredible birds…

1) Peacocks fan out their lengthy feathered trains, which can measure up to 2.2 metres long, to attract the females. Their “eye-spots” are called ocelli.

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Saving the endangered ibis four young birds at a time

This week four endangered northern bald ibis, who were bred at ZSL London Zoo, were safely transported to Spain. This is where they will soon be released as part of a special conservation project, which is helping reintroduce these unique looking birds to Europe.

Northern bald ibis 3 (c) ZSL London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo

The quartet – who were lovingly nicknamed Iris, Indigo, Igor and Ivan by the zoo’s keepers – hatched last year. On 20 February, they travelled to Southern Spain’s Jerez Zoo where they will learn how to be wild before being released in Andalucia.

The species vanished from Europe almost 300 years ago. It’s now believed that there are just 600 northern bald ibis left in the world, reduced to one small part of Morocco (and two breeding pairs in Syria) where they are threatened by habitat loss, hunters and pesticides.

“We’re really hopeful that they’ll go on to breed in the wild – ultimately securing the future of the species” said Paul Atkin, ZSL London Zoo’s bird keeper.

To find out more about the northern bald ibis, head to birdlife.org