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Bird of the Week: Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

En-route back to Mojave from Sacramento last Sunday I stopped in at the Merced National Wildlife Reserve, one of a chain of wildlife reserves throughout the extensive agricultural region of the Central Valley.

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Do these raptors spread fire in the Australian savanna?

Use of fire as a tool is normally considered to be restricted to humans, and hence to have played an extremely important role not only in human societal change but also in the large-scale modification of landscapes across the world. But what if animals other than humans exhibit pyrophilic behavior?

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Muralkarra (Crow) by Frank Malkorda

Crow is a creature who is intensely curious about everything to do with funerals and so, as befits their elaborate ceremonial, he is a skilled dancer and musician. He perches on hollow log coffin, called there by two names, Badurra and Maraych, just as, in fact, Djambidj owners have crow painted on the top of their ossuaries.

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The Rembarrnga law for birds – “all the birds are your relations”

That’s what this part of Arnhem Land is like. Other places are all right but here in the middle you’ve got to talk to the country. You can’t just travel quiet, no! That’s law for the centre of Arnhem Land.

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The loudest bird in the world? The Blue-winged Kookaburra, Dacelo leachii

These guys just don’t give a shit, and have a great time doing it. I don’t know if this species is the loudest bird in the world but I reckon even the FA-18s from the nearby Tindal RAAF base would be hard-pressed to cut through the Blue-winged Kookaburra’s cacophonous clatter at close quarters.

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Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable –literally — bird and mammal species.

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Birds of the Week: Raptors of the Barkly Stock Route

If you like Australian raptors and a big sky there is no better place to get both at the same time than the Barkly Tablelands in the heartland of the Northern Territory.

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Barfing in your shirt at 10,000 feet

Nausea is caused by a disagreement between your eyeballs and your inner ear. If you curl up … you look inside the aircraft, and your eyeballs tell your brain that you aren’t moving, but your inner ear disagrees and you barf.

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(Some) birds of North Carolina …

Just a few of the birds (and a deer) that I’ve seen in North Carolina over the past few weeks.

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Of boats, birds and a wild ocean. Finding the world’s rarest seabird in the southern Atlantic

It isn’t every day that you get to see the world’s rarest bird while being battered, bruised and drenched by the south Atlantic Ocean – and paying for the fantastic privilege.

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