Pakistan's secretive Houbara bustard hunting industry- Article + Photos - 11 February 2016
"They're a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken - and hunting them is officially banned in Pakistan.
But it is no holds barred when Arab royals begin their Houbara bustard hunting trips.
Arab princes and their wealthy friends like to hunt Houbara bustards both as a sport and because the meat is considered an aphrodisiac." (BBC)
The bird that's more valuable than ivory
"The illegal trade in elephant tusks is well reported, but there's a type of "ivory" that's even more valuable. It comes from the helmeted hornbill
- a bird that lives in the rainforests of East Asia and is now under threat, writes Mary Colwell." (BBC)
Geese given police escort on US highway : Article + Video
"A Canada goose and her goslings are escorted from a busy highway in Seattle by no less than three police cars...
The operation "to get the little guys cleared" took around 20 minutes." (telegraph.co.uk) VOCABULARY :
1) goose / geese - goslings - the gaggle - the little guys
2) police escort - state troopers - motorists - the authorities - officers - patrol spokeswoman
3) busy highway - rush hour - lanes of traffic - highway exit
4) after - whilst
Scales, tails & wings, oh my! The London Zoo counts its animals- UPDATED
"More than 17,500 animals, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are counted in the annual census at the London Zoo. The count is a compulsory part of the zoo's license and the information is used for managing international breeding programs of endangered animals." (today.com)
Twitchers flocking to apply for best job in the world
"Twitchers from all over the world are flocking to apply for what has been described as the "best bird watcher's job in the world" on the remote Scottish island of Fair Isle... around halfway between mainland Shetland and the Orkney Islands...
The jobs pay between £7000 and £10,000-a-year each – plus all food and lodging...
The warden and administrator are responsible for the successful day-to-day operation of all observatory functions, including ornithological work,
accommodation and other visitor services." (telegraph.co.uk) See the word TWITCHER in the Vocabulary section.
Cops Train Vulture to Hunt for Bodies
"German police have trained “Sherlock”, a vulture, to hunt for dead bodies in remote locations...
Vultures like Sherlock have a keen sense of smell and are able to detect the scent of rotting flesh from 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) up in the air." (neatorama.com)
Arctic tern's epic journey mapped
"The Arctic tern's extraordinary pole-to-pole migration has been detailed by an international team of scientists.
The researchers fitted the birds with tiny tracking devices to see precisely which routes the animals took on their 70,000km (43,000 miles) round trip. " (BBC) tern = hirondelle de mer, sterne
A little bird told me...
"Outside the Natural History Museum's bird collection at Tring, a cat basks in the late afternoon sunshine...
The ornithology collection here is one of the largest in the world." + VIDEOS (BBC)
Stabbed by a violent seagull
"A woman was treated for head wounds after a seagull attacked her — like a scene from Hitchcock thriller The Birds." (The Sun)
locals beware the birds "Chicago residents have been sharing tips about how to avoid
coming under attack by dive-bombing blackbirds."
+ Solutions : "could be deterred by ... / Spread your arms and ... / should
... / avoid the birds by changing ... / it had been suggested that ..." (BBC)
Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) "is a British charitable organisation which works to promote
conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment through
public awareness campaigns, petitions and through the operation of
nature reserves throughout the United Kingdom..."
Words and Their Stories: Bird Words- with audio + script
"Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
sayings(wiseoldsayings.com) : A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. - Latin Proverb
A good tree can lodge ten thousand birds. - Burmese (on good and evil)
Birds of a feather, flock together. - Robert Burton (1577-1640)
By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest. - Ashanti (West African)
The crow may be caged but his thoughts are in the cornfield. - Belizean
The early bird catches the worm. - William Camden (1551-1623)
Little Bird Told Meby Evelyn Knight :
"A little bird told me that you love me
And I believe that you do..."
Phenomenaby Kate Bush : - UPDATED
"Soul-birds of a feather flock together." (sing365.com)
In The Morningby Gap Band :
"Now I gotta get up early every morning
'Cause the early bird always catches the worm"
Birds that bring gifts and do the gardening- 10 March 2015
"A recent Magazine story reported how an eight-year-old girl in the US regularly receives gifts from crows - they seem to be thanking her
for feeding them. It inspired readers to email us with details of their own remarkable relationships with birds." (BBC)
A NICE STORY!
Seagull that 'thinks' it's a cat
"Pooh the seagull is a family pet.
He has been part of the Grimwood family from Shoreham-by-Sea ever since he arrived unexpectedly as a baby." (BBC)
Goose with 26-inch arrow in chest lands in vet's garden
"Bernard Levine, a retired veterinarian from Toms River, New Jersey, helped capture the goose, perform life-saving surgery and then transport it
to the state's largest bird rehabilitation facility."
He "removed 6 inches of the arrow lodged in the bird's flesh, as well as several pellets from an air rifle." (telegraph.co.uk)
Skateboarding owl is a hit
"A barn owl that rides a skateboard has become a hit at its local shopping centre...
He displays his wheely good skills in front of stunned shoppers in Folkestone, Kent. " (telegraph.co.uk)
Stories(with SOUND) : The Fox and the Crow (kizclub.com)
44 Fun Facts about Birds - mental_floss List Show Ep. 440 (YouTube)
"There are about 10,000 species of birds, ranging from delicious chicken to towering ostriches, from flightless penguins to regal eagles.
They include raptors, scavengers, poultry, songbirds, and talkative parrots. There’s always something new to learn about most of them..." (Neatorama)
Midway: Message from the Gyre
"On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place:
inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean..." (chrisjordan.com)
Reuters Video: Aesop's fable brought to life by clever crows
"In a series of experiments, the New Caledonian crow has demonstrated an unexpected understanding of how tools work to make their lives easier. The tests by scientists in the UK and New Zealand, revealed that the bird was intelligent enough to select and use the best available tool to raise the water level in a test tube. Jim Drury reports."
+ TRANSCRIPT+ LINK (englishblog.com)
ESL Video Quiz: Sharon's Stories: Lala: The Pet Penguin "Meet Lala, the pet penguin which was caught in a fisherman's net and brought home.
Now he is used to living with humans and refuses to leave."
- with an interactive quiz (eslvideo.com)
Real birds eye view! Golden Eagle in flight - Animal Camera - BBC "Animal lover Steve Leonard explains the secret behind the spectacular footage of birds of prey in flight used in this short video.
Take a flight with a Golden Eagle in Scotland with the help of the ultra lightweight animal camera.
Great short video from BBC wildlife show Animal Camera." (YouTube)
Midway a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan- 3'53
"It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.
On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch..." (YouTube)
Coldplay - Birds (Official video) (YouTube) + LYRICS: "We don't need words
We'll be birds
Got to make our own key...
Away with me
We don't need words
Close your eyes and see
We'll be birds
Holding on in the mystery"