Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Photographer Todd Forsgren's Book Now Available

Todd Forsgren is the fantastic photographer whose vivid images of birds tangled in mist nets caused a bit of an internet stir a few years ago. I interviewed him about his images and his life birding in 2013.

At long last, Todd's mist net photos have been collected into a book called Ornithological Photographs, now out through Daylight publishing.  I urge all forward-thinking birders out there, all the hip birders, to pick up a copy. You may not look at birds again the same way.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Couple things for you to read & enjoy

Thanks to Audubon for letting me do these:
Wilson's Phalarope: The Rebel

John James Audubon: Crazy, Wrong, or Neither?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Birds at Large: Teal Owl

People are again clamoring for a crazy-colored owl! Thankfully, is once again on the case.

Back in 2012 I linked to an entry on - the online investigator of popular myths and rumors - about a "newly discovered" "rainbow owl."  It's quite clearly a hack photoshop job, but that hasn't stopped the hordes of blinkered, googling citizenry from making it one of my all-time most visited posts (which, honestly, isn't that hard to do).

But apparently those devious tech geniuses are at it again. Behold, the teal owl!

My goodness! How could this gorgeous species have eluded scientists for so long?? Again, Snopes looked into it and revealed that it's literally the easiest photoshop job.  It's a Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl (here's the original photo from Owl Pages).

Thanks again, Snopes, for setting the record straight.

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