Of the many eagle species in Africa, this is one of the most magnificent. The bird is widely admired (there's even a Facebook page for Martial Eagle Conservation - Kruger National Park).We spent a long time watching this individual near Skukuza, and so far my sketches don't really capture its regal and imposing presence, but I'm going to keep trying.
From a state of contemplation, Kenn writes: The American Birding Association (ABA) has been an important part of my life ever since I joined, at the age of 16, back in the 1970s. The ABA was a brand-new organization then, and it served a unique role in connecting the active birders of the U.S. and Canada. Its little bimonthly magazine, Birding, was a treasure trove for me as a teenager, giving me tips on bird-finding and bird identification that I wouldn’t have known about in any other way. When I started traveling, as a hitch-hiking, teenaged birder, the ABA connected me with other enthusiasts and with prime birding hotspots, and helped to put me on a course as a professional naturalist. In subsequent years I was involved with ABA in many ways. I taught bird I.D. workshops at many of their conventions, and later I began giving evening keynote talks at these events; for a while, I had spoken at more ABA conventions than anyone else. I wrote dozens of pieces for Birding magazine, and
From Home base in Oak Harbor, Kim writes: Thank you all for taking the bird nest quiz. The answers are revealed below each photo. Nest Number One: A couple people guessed, Rufous Hornero , and they were correct! This nest was photographed at Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was pointed out to us by a guy I jokingly referred to as, "The Naked Naturalist." I wrote a blog post about this several months ago. If you missed the story the first time, here's a link to it. The Naked Naturalist Nest Number Two: This one stumped everyone. It's the remarkably beautiful nest of the Hermit Thrush . The photo was taken at one of my all-time favorite places, Hog Island Audubon Camp , off the coast of Maine. Nest Number Three: I used photoshop to take out the little "Strause Wren" er,...House Wren, : ) as he left the pocket of t his pair of jeans hanging on a clothes line. Here's the original photo, taken by Tim Daniel. Nest Number Fou