Solar powered water source helps reduce human wildlife conflict and provides additional community benefits

The Kapau community lies on the edge of the Sioma Ngwezi National Park, Zambia, in the Kalahari basin of the KAZA Conservation Area. The community has minimal access to water sources, including a few ponds and other perennial bodies of water which they must share with their livestock as well as wildlife within the park. Unfortunately, competition for water access between the community and wildlife has led to increased human wildlife conflict (HWC) issues, including crop raiding and livestock killings by other wildlife in the park.

In attempt to mitigate issues of HWC, members of Kapau would dig shallow wells to create other sources of water, which often collapsed due to the sandy soil they were dug

Solar powered water source helps reduce human wildlife conflict and provides additional community benefits

The Kapau community lies on the edge of the Sioma Ngwezi National Park, Zambia, in the Kalahari basin of the KAZA Conservation Area. The community has minimal access to water sources, including a few ponds and other perennial bodies of water which they must share with their livestock as well as wildlife within the park. Unfortunately, competition for water access between the community and wildlife has led to increased human wildlife conflict (HWC) issues, including crop raiding and livestock killings by other wildlife in the park.

In attempt to mitigate issues of HWC, members of Kapau would dig shallow wells to create other sources of water, which often collapsed due to the sandy soil they were dug

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Flocks

Birds will often form aggregations known as flocks when they feed, or fly. The benefit of doing activities as part of a flock is that multiple birds can lookout for danger while others forage or fly. Many species will also congregate to form mixed flocks that forage together, this may benefit solitary species that do not live in flocks by providing group protection.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of flocks, your pictures can create awareness about the diversity and beauty of birds that form flocks. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of flocks.

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Waterbirds

The term waterbird is used to refer to birds that live on or around water. Waterbirds are well adapted to their aquatic lives. They have feet functioning as paddles, and their feathers are made to be waterproof and air tight.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme WaterBirds, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of waterbirds.

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds Feeding

In many ecosystems birds have various roles including pollination of flowers, maintaining sustainable levels of their prey populations, and removal of waste by scavenging dead organisms. Having a variety of roles mean that birds as a group also have a wide variety of prey and food items to feed on; from plant material, to invertebrates and other vertebrates. Many features of a bird such as its wing and tail shape, the shape and length of its beak, and position of its eyes will determine which type of food it will eat. Such diversity in feeding allows many species of birds to co-exist in the same habitat, and to make use of different food resources.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of birds feeding, your pictures can bring awareness to the variety of feeding methods, and food items birds employ. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds feeding.

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Why I am obsessed with hummingbird pee…and torpor

My two recent obsessions have been hummingbird pee and hummingbird torpor.

Video: Hummingbirds may be small, but their energy consumption is huge. Learn how they do this.

Hummingbirds are tiny (and I mean, tiny) birds.

They use up energy very quickly and barely store any fat, so they really don’t have a backup generator to rely on if they come close to running out of fuel. I’m really interested in how they manage this limited energy over short time scales.

Okay, so going back to my obsessions. We all know what pee is, but here’s a hummingbird peeing, just in case you were curious:

A Rivoli’s hummingbird peeing as it is released. Photo credit: Don Powers

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Top 25 Wild Birds Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flowers

The wonderful colours often observed when birds interact with flowers have inspired many works of art; from a painting style in Chinese history based entirely on this theme, to modern day bird photography. Often the relationship between birds and flowers is mutualistic; birds obtain nesting material and food, and flowering plants are pollinated. Some bird species such as hummingbirds have co-evolved with particular flower species to become specialised pollinators; this ensures that the flowers always have a pollinator, and reduces competition for nectar between nectivorous bird species.

Thank you to all the photographers who submitted birds in flowers photographs this week, your pictures can bring greater awareness to the variety of birds that make use of flowers. Here we present the Top 25, we had an amazing response to this week’s theme and selection of the Top 25 was not easy!

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Brazilian Salamanders: Rare, Beautiful and Endangered

Turn over a few rocks and logs in a moist forest and you will certainly find a salamander. Well, not exactly. While this is true in many areas in North America and Europe, salamanders are quite rare in some other places, where other types of amphibians, such as frogs and caecilians, are common.

Contrary to the general patterns of global biodiversity, where tropical forests harbor the majority of species, the bulk of salamander diversity is found in temperate forests of the northern hemisphere. Most groups of salamanders are confined to temperate zones, including a high number of species that are be found only in the United States.

One group of salamanders has, however, successfully colonized Central and South America: Lungless salamanders (Plethodontidae). These small-size, lizard-like amphibians are usually terrestrial and inhabit a variety of habitats, including the forest floor, crevices and caves, inside bromeliads and tree holes—some are even found high up in tr

Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular Catches

This week we are allowed a unique insight into the lives of birds that hunt. When we think of birds hunting, we typically picture a raptor with ferocious talons and a sharp beak to tear apart prey. But in fact many birds will hunt opportunistically. In this week’s Top 25 we feature a wide range of birds that have defeated the odds and have made a spectacular catch! We have bee-eaters, seabirds, hornbills, waders and, of course, the raptors. Thank you to everyone who contributed this week, your pictures bring the world of these birds to life for all of us

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Herons, Egrets and Bitterns

Herons, egrets and bitterns as a group are varied and have a worldwide distribution, but are common in the tropics. These wading birds are often associated with both fresh and coastal water where they feed at the edge of lakes, rivers, and the sea on aquatic prey including fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Some species may specialise on certain prey items such as crabs, while others may feed opportunistically on birds and their eggs, and rodents. When in flight this group of birds can be distinguished from other similarly shaped birds such as storks and cranes by their retracted necks.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of herons, egrets, and bitterns, your pictures can bring awareness about the beauty and diversity of this group of birds. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of herons, egrets and bitterns.

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