Falconry Part 1: Origins and Applications

October 19, 2007 by  
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Falconry is a sport that involves the training of birds of prey to hunt game for their trainers. Although not all birds of prey are falcons, the previous use of the term “hawker” when hawks were used for hunting has come to commonly be used as a term describing traveling traders. For this reason the term “hawker” has fallen into disuse, with “falconer” and “falconry” applying to the sport irrespective of the species of bird used.

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The 11th Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

October 17, 2007 by  
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Strategically located on the eastern continental flyway Florida, USA, is truly a bird-watcher‘s paradise. This is a key stopover point for a number of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, passerines and raptors with more than 330 species of birds having been seen. Many birds migrate from their northern homes to spend their winter in Florida. The wildlife in the Florida area is diverse and interesting. It is clear to see why the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival held in Titusville, Florida, is such a popular event. The 11th annual festival will be held from 23 to 28 January 2008 and all bird and wildlife enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

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New Caledonian Crows in the Spotlight

October 15, 2007 by  
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New Caledonian crows are well-known for their resourceful use of tools in the wild. They have been observed using their beaks to skillfully shape twigs into bug-grabbing devices in a way that some researchers believe to be so advanced that it rivals the abilities of some primates. In an effort to find out more about these intelligent birds, that are easily disturbed and therefore difficult to observe, scientists have developed an ingenious new technique to witness their behavior in their peaceful, densely forested mountainous habitats.

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A Closer Look at the Intriguing Galapagos Hawk

October 12, 2007 by  
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The Galapagos hawk is found exclusively in the Galapagos Islands. The adult Galapagos hawk is almost completely different shades of brown and the female is larger than the male with an average size of 56 cm in length. It is one of the few terrestrial predators on the islands and has no natural enemies.

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The RSPB’s Feed the Birds Day

October 10, 2007 by  
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Most of us take for granted the cheerful song of the many wild birds that frequent our gardens and fill the air with joy. Their presence is merely accepted as part of a daily routine. But when the afternoons become quiet and garden starts to loose its color, we wonder where our feathered friends have gone, and why. One organization that has chosen to address the issues of wild birds is the RSPB in the United Kingdom. They launched a project called Feed the Birds Day, to bring attention to the needs and difficulties that birds often face.

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