Month: February 2017
The Purple Honeycreeper
Purple honeycreeper, male; Asa Wright, Trinidad
Honeycreepers are a bird species found only in the tropical New World, they are small birds in the tanager (Thraupidae) family. Like hummingbirds, their long, curved bills serve to reach inside tubular flowers seeking nectar.
They live and forage in the rainforest canopy, and are sexually dimorphic (male and female differ in appearance).
The purple honeycreeper, Cyanerpes caeruleus, can be found in various parts of South America and on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. They feed on nectar, berries, and insects.
Having recently returned from Trinidad, I had the joy of seeing many of these purple honeycreepers.
Purple honeycreeper males on nectar feeders, Asa Wright, Trinidad
We stayed at a lodge in the rainforest, Asa Wright, that is dedicated to the natural environment and the wildlife of the Trinidad rainforest. Here they have a verandah with numerous nectar feeders and feeding stations.
The purple honeycreepers…
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Bison Reintroduced In Banff Nat. Pk.
The BBC reports
A herd of plains bison have been successfully reintroduced to Canada’s oldest national park, more than 100 years after they were nearly hunted out of existence.
The 16 bison were moved to the Banff National Park in Alberta last week.
Read story at Bison return to Banff national park in Canada – BBC News
Extinct vultures returning to Thailand?
This video says about itself:
Mongolian vulture, four other birds to be released back into the wild
Bangkok, 9 May 2007
1. Wide of Royal Thai air-force C-130 cargo plane
2. Cage with cinereous vulture ‘Anakin Skywalker‘ being loaded onto plane
3. Close-up of Himalayan griffon vulture inside cage and under green net
Doi Lang, 9 May 2007
4. Wide of vulture release team at Doi Lan mountain
5. Close-up of Anakin’s beak being measured
6. Various of satellite tag being placed on Anakin’s wing
8. Anakin being placed inside mesh cage
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nyambayar Batbayar, Director of the Mongolia Wildlife Science and Conservation Centre:
“By using the satellite tracking device you can learn about migration behaviour, and also foraging patterns, and also you can learn about what areas are being used by vultures.
10. Wide of British ornithologist Philip Round having photo taken…
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Trump rekindles DAPL pipeline conflict
This video from the USA says about itself:
Army Approves Final Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline Without Assessing Environmental Impact
8 February 2017
Nick Tilson of the Indigenous People’s Power Project says the decision reflects the long history of the U.S. government ignoring treaties and environmental protections.
By Shelley Connor in the USA:
Dakota Access pipeline construction to proceed
8 February 2017
On Tuesday, the United States Army Corps of Engineers filed documents with the US District Court in Washington, DC stating that it intends to grant an easement to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) so that it can move forward with the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline. It also notified the Senate of its filings, stating that construction is expected to begin today. Only a court injunction can now officially block the construction.
The approved site will carry the pipeline under Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri…
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