Atacama Salt Flats, Chile: Burrowing Owl

Part III in a multi-part series on our recent trip to the Atacama Salt Flats of Chile. In northern Chile, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains in the Andes chain, lies the “Salar de Atacama” or Atacama Salt Flats. This large saline deposit originated as minerals washed downhill from the mountains and the water subsequently evaporated […]

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Atacama Salt Flats, Chile: Puna Plover

Part II in a multi-part series on our recent trip to the Atacama Salt Flats of Chile. In northern Chile, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains in the Andes chain, lies the “Salar de Atacama” or Atacama Salt Flats. This large saline deposit originated as minerals washed downhill from the mountains and the water subsequently evaporated […]

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Atacama Salt Flats, Chile: Baird’s Sandpiper

Part I in a multi-part series on our recent trip to the Atacama Salt Flats of Chile. In northern Chile, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains in the Andes chain, lies the “Salar de Atacama” or Atacama Salt Flats. This large saline deposit originated as minerals washed downhill from the mountains and the water subsequently evaporated […]

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Capped Wheatear

Habitat — There is so much talk of habitat in wildlife conservation. Countless species of birds, plants, amphibians, mammals, insects, etc… can blame “habitat loss” or “habitat fragmentation” for their declining numbers. As a conservationist, I understand the need to protect and manage wild habitat. As a birder, I’ve come to appreciate habitat in a […]

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Cedar Beach Piping Plovers

Between vineyards and farm stands on Long Island’s North Fork, my wife and I stopped by Cedar Beach County Park in Southold, NY for a little birding and bird photography. Besides supporting shorebird and waterfowl diversity, it is a reliable spot for migrating Whimbrels in late July and August. Cedar Beach also supports nearby Croteaux Vineyards […]

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&Beyond Birding in Tanzania

Our &Beyond experience set the bar so high that we’re afraid that our Tanzanian birding safari would be impossible to top and difficult to meet. Serengeti Under Canvas When we landed at the Kogatende airstrip in Tanzania, we were greeted by our safari ranger, Mohamed, and his apprentice Mattes. Mohamed enthusiastically sharing the “Starbirds of &Beyond’s Serengeti […]

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Links in the Food Chain

“Timing is everything” especially holds true in bird photography. Jillian and I were walking along the shore at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold, NY. We watched a snapper (young Bluefish) chase an Atlantic Silverside toward the shore. It looked like two disproportionately sized stones skipping toward the beach. The snapper got its quarry, but […]

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Sub-Saharan Royalty

“Roller”, enthusiastically exclaims our ranger, Mohamed. Mattes, his apprentice, draws a smile when he sees our expressions light up. Mohamed pulls the safari rover in for a closer look as Jillian is firing off shots like paparazzi. The cause of the fuss is the Lilac-breasted Roller. We had just left Tanzania’s Kogatende Airstrip, on our […]

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Little Bee-eater, Big Personality

It is tough to pick a favorite bird. Once your attention and heart have been captured by a bird, it isn’t long before another one jostles into pole position. As firstime birders and photographers in Africa, we experienced so many new families (let alone individual species) of birds. From Secretarybird to Green Woodhoopoe to Long-crested Eagle […]

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How to Find Owls

In birding circles, “Owling” is the practice of going out to find owls. I’d caution using the term with non-birders, as evidenced by the alternative definitions found in Urban Dictionary. Then again, Urban Dictionary has an alternative definition for just about any innocuous word. Jillian and I have reported that our experience finding owls has been […]

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