Top birder drowns in Guyana

Co-founder of birding society drowns in Rupununi - Stabroek News - Georgetown, Guyana

Kooldeep Looknauth, President of the Guyana Tropical Amazon Bird Society (GTABS) and tour guide, drowned last Thursday in the Rupununi.

This is according to the findings of a post-mortem examination but police are still investigating the man’s death.

Looknauth, 42, of lot 77 C Light Street, Alberttown, was found dead near a river in the Rupununi last Thursday.

Via… Co-founder of birding society drowns in Rupununi – Stabroek News – Georgetown, Guyana.

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New species of bird found in Indonesia

Zoologists from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a currently unrecognised bird species in a biodiversity hotspot in Indonesia.

The bird, which has been named the Wakatobi flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni), is found only on one small chain of islands in south-east Sulawesi.

Despite looking similar to the grey-sided flowerpecker (Dicaeum celebicum) from mainland Sulawesi, Wakatobi flowerpeckers are significantly larger and genetically distinct.

Read more… Wildlife Extra News – New species of bird found in Indonesia.

Shetland bird migrated to Peru.

A tracking device which weighs less than a paperclip has helped scientists uncover what they say is one of the world’s great bird migrations.

It was attached to a red-necked phalarope from Scotland that migrated thousands of miles west across the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

The journey has never before been recorded for a European breeding bird.

via BBC News – ‘Unique’ bird migration discovered.

Hoping for harpies: in search of the exotic birdlife of Guayana.

MY FIRST experience of hammock sleeping was when staying at an Amerindian village deep in the rainforest of Guyana. The secret is to lie corner to corner, diagonally across the hammock and, with a mosquito net thrown over the top, a reasonably safe night’s sleep can be expected.

Guyana is my favourite South American country and after a break of several years, I am returning in 2015…

via Hoping for harpies « This Is Guernsey.

Warm weather could destroy Britain’s coastal wildlife: Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns among those in danger becoming extinct.

Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns are among dozens of coastal species that are in danger becoming extinct in the UK in the coming decades, as rising sea levels and warmer water destroy their habitat, according to the National Trust.

Britain’s 8,050 miles of coastline is under seige from the elements, as climate change increases the number and severity of storms, which exacerbate the coastal erosion caused by rising sea levels.

Furthermore, the warming of coastal eco-systems makes them less hospitable to traditional inhabitants.

Warm weather could destroy Britain’s coastal wildlife: Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns among those in danger becoming extinct – Nature – Environment – The Independent.

via Warm weather could destroy Britain’s coastal wildlife: Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns among those in danger becoming extinct..