This is a video of an Australian brush turkey at a bird feeder.
From Wildlife Extra:
Bruijn’s brush turkey photographed for the first time
Bird watchers on a Papua Expeditions exploratory bird tour to Mount Danai on the Indonesian island of Waigeo have taken the first photographs in the wild of the endemic Bruijn’s Brush-turkey, a unique species of megapode which remained entirely unknown in the living world during more than 120 years between its formal description from trade skins in 1880 and its field discovery by Papua Expeditions (PE) resident birder Iwein Mauro on nearby Mount Nok in May 2002.
Early in April 2007 PE resident birders Iwein Mauro and Zeth Wonggor, and British bird watcher Charles Davies watched a fine adult male brush-turkey persistently displaying from atop its nest mound just four meters away from their hide in ridgetop cloud-forest on Mount Danai. The group also repeatedly watched a soliciting female visiting the mound while the male was away. …
Iwein Mauro, said: ‘The ascertainment that a population of Bruijn’s Brush-turkey exists on Mount Danai is perhaps the single-most significant step forward in our understanding of the species conservation status and needs.’
He added ‘Mount Danai alone is believed to contain 60% of cloud-forest habitat on Waigeo and up to 65% of the world population of this remarkable brush-turkey. Moreover, it is a virtually untouched, trackless wilderness area that is apparently rarely, if ever, visited by local communities even. Clearly, the area is of utmost importance to the long-term survival of this species as well as other Waigeo and regionally endemic birdlife.’ …
In addition to securing the first photographs in the wild of Bruijn’s Brush-turkey, the birding group confirmed the presence on Mount Danai of all Waigeo endemic and near-endemic birdlife, plus a host of new island records already obtained by Mauro on nearby Mounts Nok and Sau Lal in 2002. Among the latter category are healthy populations of Wallace’s Owlet-Nightjar and Beccari’s Scrubwren, whose exact taxonomic affinities still require further elucidation.
To see the full information about the Bruijn’s Bush-turkey photographs, please click here.
Megapode videos here.
American wild turkey: here.
This is avideo of a Eurasian nuthatch making the entrance to its nest-hole smaller.
Today, a walk at three wooded estates in the Netherlands.
Bantam, Schaep en Burgh, and Boekesteijn are all now nature reserves, on the border between higher sandy ground and lower peaty ground.
Everywhere, singing nuthatches.
Many dragonflies of different species. A kingfisher flying past very fast.
Buzzards circling high in the air.
In this video, Dr. Gil Burnham talks to British medical journal The Lancet about the survey of people killed in Iraq, 2006.
From the blog of Craig Murray in Britain:
August 10, 2007
We Killed One Million People – Yes, You and I Did
Today, we are calling the fact that, around now, on our best estimate, a million people have died in Iraq as a result of the chaos launched by the US and UK led invasion. That is a million people, the majority of them women and children, who would overwhelmingly be alive today were it not for the actions of governments acting on behalf of the large majority of readers of this blog, paid for by our taxes.
Click on the counter here … to get an explanation of the estimate. It is based on the Lancet study that estimated 655,000 dead long since, an appraisal judged “sound” by the UK’s Chief Scientist and “If anything, an understimate” by the experts in the Department for International Development. Despite these endorsements from their own experts, the British government attempted to rubbish the study.
This video from the USA is the trailer for the new documentary “Jesus Camp” on Christian fundamentalist camps for children.
From Associated Press:
Sat Aug 11, 8:40 PM ET
BANQUETE, Texas – Authorities charged the director of a Christian boot camp and an employee with dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind the group during a morning run.
Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries, a 32-day boot camp for at-risk teens, are accused of tying the girl to the van with a rope June 12 and dragging her, according to an arrest affidavit filed Wednesday.
See also here.
In an environment where also African American people are dragged behind trucks until they die like in Jasper, and things like that also happen by occupying soldiers in Afghanistan, one cannot be really be surprised about such sad news.
This video is about kakapos, endangered parrots of New Zealand. These are 2 chicks hand reared from eggs in 1998.
From British daily The Independent:
World’s birds on death row: Race against time to save 189 species from extinction
The world’s most ambitious bird conservation project will be launched this week amid evidence that hunting and loss of habitat has caused species to disappear at an unprecedented rate. …
Their names are some of the most evocative in the bird world: the gorgeted wood-quail, sapphire-bellied hummingbird, Alagoas foliage-gleaner, Pernambuco pygmy-owl and Iquitos gnatcatcher (some of which have never been photographed), Bulo Burti boubou (a shrike, discovered in Somalia in 1988), the kakapo (the world’s only flightless, nocturnal parrot), and the turquoise-throated puffleg, a hummingbird so rare no one has seen it since 1850.
Endangered British birds: here.
The northern pygmy-owl is among the smallest of North America’s owls, but until recently much of its life was a big mystery: here.