Making a red-tailed hawk carving


This video from the USA says about itself:

Enjoy this archived live conversation with artist and Red-tailed Hawk cam aficionado David Cohen as he explains the inspiration and craftsmanship behind his carving of the Cornell Hawks nest that is now on display at Cornell University’s Corson-Mudd Hall.

Good whimbrel news from the USA


This 16 June 2021 video says about itself:

Discovery at Deveaux! This short film follows a team of shorebird biologists as they confirm the first census of a newly discovered Whimbrel roost in 2019. The final counts amount to nearly 20,000 individuals, representing half of the entire Atlantic Flyway population of this declining species using a single barrier island in South Carolina.

Vast flocks of Whimbrels were thought to be a thing of the past, something out of tattered ornithological journals from a century ago. Then a South Carolina wildlife biologist made a major discovery: Nearly 20,000 birds roosting nightly on a sandbar just off the coast—the largest known concentration of this rapidly declining shorebird anywhere on Earth. Read the story.

Wildness on a Whim: South Carolina poet and ornithologist Dr. J. Drew Lanham reflects on the Deveaux Bank Whimbrel roost as sign of a new kind of hope—and a new definition of wildness. Read his essay.

Studying curlew in England


This 1 October 2021 video from England says about itself:

Harry Ewing, PhD student at the University of East Anglia and BTO, shares his research into Curlew in Breckland, tells us how the COVID-19 pandemic affected his work and thanks BTO major donors for supporting an extra field season to gather more data on this declining species.

Bittern, buzzard, bearded reedlings


Bittern area, September 2021

This photo shows the view from a hide in the Rottige Meente nature reserve in Friesland province in the Netherlands. In September, we saw a bittern there. All three photos in this blog post are cellphone photos.

A few days later, a buzzard, hundreds of lapwings and a marsh harrier from that hide.

Nearly all days, bearded reedlings. And dragonflies.

Rottige Meente, September 2021

And gadwall ducks. Sometimes also mallards and shovelers.

Rottige Meente water, September 2021

Brown thrasher in Georgia, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Brown Thrasher Poses For Cam In Savannah, Georgia – Aug. 27, 2021

Brown Thrashers are secretive, and hard to spot in their favorite spots under dense vegetation, but they can make a lot of noise as they rummage through the leaf litter. Here, the Savannah Osprey cam zooms in on a perching thrasher before it has a chance to depart from a branch.

Blyth’s reed warbler, first ever Dutch nest


This 2021 video from England says about itself:

This male Blyth’s Reed Warbler was discovered at Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve in Staffordshire on Friday 18th June.

It represents the first record for Staffordshire and the West Midlands Region.

The Blyth’s Reed Warbler appears to be expanding its range westwards across Europe with an increasing number of singing males reaching Britain.

The majority of the world population spend the winter in the Indian Subcontinent.

This year, for the first time ever, a Blyth’s reed warbler couple nested in the Netherlands. The young birds fledged from the Texel island nest,

Philippine eagles, 94 minutes film


This 28 July 2021 video says about itself:

Bird of Prey, the multi-award-winning feature-length documentary from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, weaves a remarkable story of the world’s rarest eagle species and the heroic individuals working tirelessly to save it. Since its release in 2018, Bird of Prey, has screened to countless audiences around the world and throughout the Philippines where the film has become an invaluable tool for raising awareness and support for conservation of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.

To learn more about Philippine Eagles and how you can help support their conservation visit here.

Bermuda young tropicbird fledges


This 4 July 2021 video from Bermuda says about itself:

Tropicbird Nestling‘s Last Moments on Cam Before Fledging

The tropicbird chick took one last closeup in front of the cam before moving to the entrance of the burrow. About 20 minutes later the chick took flight off-camera, successfully fledging from the rocky slope of Nonsuch Island.