Photographer Edwin Kats was highly commended for this clever photograph of a bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus)
“BEARDED TITS ARE very acrobatic birds, but this pose amazed me,” said Dutch wildlife photographer Edwin Kats. His photograph, Mission Impossible, was highly commended in the annual European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition, which is run by the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT).
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IT’S JUST AS easy for a hummingbird to fly backwards as forwards, say scientists in California, USA. Dr Nir Sapir’s curiosity about the efficiency of hummingbird reversing efficiency was spiked while watching the birds feed in his garden. He said: “I actually saw it happening in a feeder on my balcony. Many hummingbirds were using it and they all were flying backwards. It puzzled me that we know almost nothing about this flight style.”
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Photo: Hawk Conservancy Trust
A GIANT BRONZE sculpture of a barn o wl has gone on display at the Hawk Conservancy Trust (HCT) in Hampshire. The huge work of art – which is more than 3m (10ft) high and weighs three-quarters of a ton – was created by world-famous artist Geoffrey Dashwood, who specialises in monumental metal sculptures of birds
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NEWQUAY ZOO IN Cornwall has successfully bred yellow-crowned (or golden) bishops (Euplectes afer) for the first time in its new African Wetlands Aviary. Opened earlier this year, the new aviary also contains superb starlings (Lamprotornis superbus), blacksmith plovers (Vanellus armatus) and yellow-mantled widow birds (E. macroura).
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AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD HAS won the junior section of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012 after taking this beautiful image of a chaffinch as it landed on a garden bird-feeder. William Briggs, from Groombridge in Kent, spent more than an hour sitting in his kitchen to capture the winning shot. He said: “It’s fun taking photo’s, especially on film as you don’t really know what you’re going to get. I wanted to try something new and try and take a nice picture for my bedroom wall.”
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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 .