Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, all my nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. S.T.R.E.S.

2. Books by Sharmishtha Basu

3. Cornell’s words

4. Bird Brained Science

5. Leeds No Borders

6. SOARE ŞI LUNĂ

7. mlambertsphotography

8. Eastwitching

9. De bec et de plumes 2016

10. Arizona Bird Watcher

Hawaii albatross webcams working again


This Midway Atoll video is called Dancing Laysan Albatrosses.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

Over two months ago, Laysan Albatrosses began returning from their epic ocean voyages to the green warmth of Kauai‘s north shore to breed. Mated pairs met up again after long absences, greeting each other with beautiful dances and gentle nuzzling, ready to start anew at the task of successfully raising the next generation of winged spirits. Thanks to the help of the Kauai Albatross Network and a gracious homeowner, you have a front row seat on our Albatross Cam! Watch cam.

This year’s site features four nests on camera (two fertile, two infertile), and a fifth fertile nest just out of view:

Kauai albatross nests

The parents of the central fertile nest, situated in front of the cam under the ironwood tree, are Manawanui (KP796) and unbanded Moana; the egg was laid on November 28, 2015. The parents on the upper nest to the right of Manawanui and Moana are male Mokihana (KP194) and female Ikaika (unbanded), and their egg was laid November 26. There is another fertile nest just out of sight of the camera, downslope; an egg laid on December 3 is tended by parents Ka`imi (KP093) and Lilinoe (KP688). It takes 62 days for a Laysan Albatross egg to hatch, so there’s around a week of incubation left at these nests.

There are also two infertile nests being tended by two female-female pairs: Pilialoha (K097) and Mahealani (KP672) are at the lower nest (beneath Mokihana and Ikaika); and Lawakua and Kiwahiwa are at the nest to the left of Manuwanui and Moana’s nest, near the driveway. Female-female pairs are infrequent but have been well-documented on Kauai and Oahu in the past. Cooperative breeding behavior between unrelated adults is thought to be partially a result of there being more females in the population than males, and can lead to successful breeding attempts, making it a better option than not breeding at all. Though the eggs being incubated at these particular nests are infertile, the adults will continue to care for them until it’s clear they aren’t going to hatch, likely sometime in mid-February.

Last year’s on-camera parents continue to nest at the property that formerly hosted the cam during 2014-2015. We will update about these pairs on Facebook and Twitter as we learn more about their nesting efforts from the Kauai Albatross Network.

You can check out highlights from past seasons or learn more about albatrosses in our FAQs while we await hatch at the new nests. Special thanks to all of the volunteer cam operators and “tweeters” who will be doing their best to make sure that not a moment is missed—thanks for watching!

Birds’ nests webcams highlights video


This video from the Netherlands shows birds’ nests webcams highlights of 2015.

On 14 January 2016, the new webcam season will start.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations for everybody!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Picturia

2. Matthew Toffolo’s Summary

3. L’autocollant

4. Mridupawanblog

5. Bird Feed

6. My Blog for WOMENinSHADOW

7. Calais Migrant Solidarity

8. haydenatkins

9. Andy Hall

10. Chubby Witch

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. littlesilverhedgehog

2. Rajat Pradhan

3. Kosmogonic

4. Assil Taha

5. Exotic Inspirations

6. wee little penguin

7. Saunsea

8.

9. Bent On Love

10. limseemin

Saudi Arabian monarchy arrests blogger Badawi’s sister


This video from Germany says about itself:

Amnesty International Germany supporters and Raif Badawi‘s wife Ensaf Haidar in Berlin gathered at the Saudi embassy and called on Saudi Arabia to free the blogger and other prisoners of conscience – May 22, 2015.

From the Canadian Press:

Sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi also detained in Saudi Arabia

Samar Badawi detained for allegedly posting messages on Twitter account of her brother’s lawyer

Jan 12, 2016 10:06 PM ET

A group that is supporting jailed blogger Raif Badawi says his eldest sister has also been arrested in Saudi Arabia.

The Raif Badawi Foundation says Samar Badawi was detained Tuesday for allegedly posting on the Twitter account of her brother’s lawyer, Waleed Abulkhair.

News of the arrest was also announced on Twitter by Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Sherbrooke with the couple’s three children.

Foundation spokeswoman Evelyne Abitbol said Samar Badawi is being detained at the same prison as her brother and Abulkhair.

Raif Badawi, who is not a Canadian citizen, was arrested in 2012 for his criticism of Saudi clerics and was convicted in 2014.

He was sentenced to 10 years in jail as well as 1,000 lashes. He received the first 50 last January during a public flogging. His imprisonment has drawn widespread condemnation both internationally and in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last month he had no “immediate plans” to call Saudi Arabian authorities to ask that Badawi be freed.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion did raise the matter with his Saudi counterpart, Adel Al Jubeir, when they met in Ottawa on Dec. 17.

They discussed the state of human rights in Saudi Arabia as well as Badawi’s case, and Dion reiterated a request for clemency.