AVIAN RESIDENTS AT Belfast Zoological Gardens were well represented in all categories of the zoo’s 30th annual photographic competition. Since April, more than 400 amateur photographers have got snap happy and taken photos of birds and animals during their visit to the zoo.
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A RINGED BARNACLE goose (Branta leucopsis) that failed to turn up at its overwintering ground in Scotland has ended up 900 miles off course in Spain. It’s the furthest south that a ringed Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) barnacle goose has ever been recorded. For six years, the adult male barnacle goose has migrated between arctic Svalbard and Scotland, but was absent from Scotland last winter. This year, staff at Scotland’s WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre hoped he would arrive in October, but with no sign, they feared he hadn’t survived.
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A SURREY BIRD park is celebrating after its pair of black hornbills (Anthracoceros malayanus) successfully reared one of only two chicks bred in Europe this year. Staff at Birdworld in Farnham have released video footage of the Near Threatened species just weeks after the female emerged from her nest cavity for the first time since the summer.
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THIS DRAMATIC STUDY of a hoopoe (Upupa epops) about to feed its chick has been critically acclaimed in an international wildlife photography competition. The shot, taken by Giovanni Frescura from Pisa, Italy, was awarded second place in the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ (SINWP) In The Wild competition. Photographers were asked to submit entries that captured animals living in their natural environment and endangered species from around the world. More than 650 images were entered.
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FROM CAPTIVATING KINGFISHERS to dreaming dunlins, the entries in this year’s Marwell Zoo’s annual photography competition left the judges spoilt for choice, say organisers. Thousands of photographs showcasing the best of British nature were entered in the zoo’s fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Categories open to professional, amateur and young photographers included Native Wildlife, Cute and Funny, and Marwell Wildlife Residents. The overall adult winner was Tom Way’s entry called Kingfisher Diving, which has won him a trip to Sweden with professional wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt.
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Monals are undoubtedly the most brilliantly garbed of all game birds, the metallic refl ections of their blue, purple, green and red hues being equalled only by those of the birds of paradise, sunbirds and hummingbirds. It is hard to decide whether or not monals are the fi nest of all pheasants, but they are certainly of outstanding interest .