Wildlife art festival in California


MIKE DOWELL holds a finished Shoveler (type of duck) he made earlier with extreme fine detail. U/T photo CHARLIE NEUMAN

From the San Diego Union-Tribune in the USA:

Wildlife art festival in Point Loma this weekend

By NTC Promenade Corky McMillin Events Center 12:01 a.m.Feb. 14, 2013

Duck-carvers, wildlife painters and animal enthusiasts will gather this weekend for the 40th annual California Open. The two-day festival showcases the work of as many as 150 artists and fish and duck decoy carvers from the U.S. and abroad. There will be a carving competition (wildfowl, fish and birds), an exhibit of antique decoys, a palm frond-carving contest, live auctions, art exhibits and vendor booths. This year’s featured artist is Dehesa resident Gloria Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse who enjoys painting and sketching wildlife at the San Diego Zoo. From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, artists ages 16 and under are invited to take part in the Al Deddens Memorial Youth Painting Event. Children can try their hand at painting a wooden silhouette. All materials will be provided for the take-home art project.

The festival frons from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, at NTC Promenade, Corky McMillin Events Center, Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma. Adult weekend pass, $5. Children 11 and under, free. Visit pswa.net.

– Pam Kragen

Bahrain regime violence continues


Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas following an anti-government rally to demand political reforms on Tuesday

Teen dies as crowds protest in Bahrain on 2nd anniversary of uprising: here.

EA WorldView blog says about this video:

A man, referring to today’s killing of teenager Hassan AlJazeeri, defies Bahrain security forces, “You killed a … kid. Shoot me, I don’t fear you”.

The second anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain was marked with violence today, with reports that a teenager was shot dead during protests in the village of Al-Daih, west of the capital Manama: here.

From Craig Murray’s blog in Britain:

The Shame of Bahrain

by craig on February 14, 2013 9:54 am

I shall be chairing a discussion at the Frontline Club this evening on Bahrain, which I hope will concentrate not only on the dreadful human rights abuses of the despotism, but on British complicity with that appalling regime, whose daily continuing abuses are now almost unreported in the mainstream media.

New Indonesian owl species discovery


The new species on Lombok - the Rinjani scops owl (Otus jolandae). Credit: Philippe Verbelen

From Wildlife Extra:

New owl species identified on Lombok

First bird recognised as endemic to Lombok

February 2013. A new species of owl has been discovered on the island of Lombok by researchers from Sweden. The Rinjani scops owl was recognised by its distinctive calls. Although first collected in 1896, it is only now recognised as a distinct species.

The avifauna of Indonesia is one of the richest in the world but the taxonomic status of many species remains poorly documented. The sole species of scops owl known from Lombok has long been assigned to the widespread Moluccan Scops Owl Otus magicus on the basis of superficial similarities in morphology.

Field work in 2003 has shown that the territorial song of the scops owls inhabiting the foothills of Gunung Rinjani differs dramatically from that of O. magicus and is more similar to those of Rufescent Scops Owl O. rufescens and Singapore Scops Owl O. cnephaeus.

Detailed comparisons of sound recordings and museum specimens with those of other scops owls in Wallacea and the Indo-Malayan region have confirmed the distinctiveness of the Lombok population.

Otus jolandae has been described as a new species, the Rinjani Scops Owl. It is locally common at elevations from 25-1350 m. and occurs within Gunung Rinjani National Park. The new species is known from seven specimens collected by Alfred Everett in 1896. Otus jolandae represents the first endemic bird species from Lombok.

The paper describing the newly recognised owl was written by G. Sangster,B. F. King, P. Verbelen, and C. R. Trainor CR. The paper, A New Owl Species of the Genus Otus (Aves: Strigidae) from Lombok, Indonesia, was published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE 8(2): e53712. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053712

See also here. And here.