Sat.Aug 01, 2020 - Fri.Aug 07, 2020

A Few Kingfishers

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In a way, kingfishers may be the poor man`s pittas – almost as colorful and exciting, but much easier to observe. Here are some that I have seen in the past few years. African Pygmy Kingfisher (Mkuze, South Africa, Nov 2018). Belted Kingfisher (Reno, USA, Jan 2015). Black-capped Kingfisher (Nanhui, China, May 2018). Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Bateleur and Mkuze, Nov 2018). Collared Kingfisher (Brisbane, Australia, Jan 2017).

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“We’ll stop cutting trees” part of Tel Aviv’s climate action plan

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Spend a few years or a dozen in a coastal city like Tel Aviv or Beirut and you’ll see how in a short time the season’s have changed. Tel Aviv this winter experienced an unprecedented level of flooding (we told you so) , which killed two people and left people kayaking down the streets looking for stranded people in cars. The City Hall of Tel Aviv Jaffa says it has a plan, giving that the annual number of super hot days will increase by 30 in the next 10 years.

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A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

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These are times of unfamiliar circumstances and in more ways than one. As the tide of climate disaster keeps rising, protests continue, and economies fall into recession, we move through time and space in a limbo of anxiety and uncertainty. These are the pandemic doldrums, a situation where horizons are muddled by the fogs of worry. As with any barrier, a sharp tool is required to cut through, to perceive the possibilities on the other side.

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Hawking for Nighthawks

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Just under a fortnight ago, I saw a report on the local bird alert of a sighting of a group of approximately 20 Nacunda Nighthawks at a wetland not more than 20 minutes from where I live. Even though I had seen these cryptic austral migrants before, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity that was this close to home. Especially as we were at the time about to experience a rapidly advancing tropical storm. Striated Heron in breeding plumage – extra plumes and blue lores.

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Third Cable Beach Pied Oystercatcher nest to hatch

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Since last week another Pied Oystercatcher nest on Cable Beach has produced two chicks. The header photo above shows where the family rested shortly after the two chicks left the nest on Tuesday. We had been patiently awaiting the arrival of the two chicks since the eggs were laid a month ago. I showed you this nest here at the bottom of the post. The Pied Oystercatcher pairs are approximately five kilometres apart on this section of Cable Beach.

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Collaborative List – July 2020

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Have you noticed that “pishing” is far less efective when one is wearing a mask? Do you think that the pish is muted, dispersed or in some other way deprived of its urgency? Anyone got a mask tanline yet? 8 countries were birded by 11 beats and I am delighted to include Faraaz and Trinidad and Tobago in those stats.

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More Favorite Things

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite photos from my several years of birding. They are certainly not good enough to get me close to the world of professional wildlife photographers, but each is special to me in its own way. Between my recent trip to see waterbirds on a lake that, as it turned out, had mostly dried up, a strangely unproductive trip to one of my new sites, and a dreary, drizzly Monday out, I don’t have much to show for my last three outings.

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Greenpeace against Arab world’s first nuclear power plant

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The first nuclear energy plant in the United Arab Emirates goes online on the Gulf Coast east of Qatar. In a desert region full of oil, and well unlimited sunshine, Abu Dhabi still plans to go ahead and build a nuclear energy site despite the risks. Remember Japan? And Greenpeace, which runs an active unit in the Arab world and Middle East, called Greenpeace MENA, isn’t thrilled about the development. They weren’t thrilled about Jordan going nuclear as well, in 2011.

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CBD Oil for Pain and Inflammation: How To Choose The Right One?

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Inflammation is a sadly common ailment caused by numerous illnesses and injuries. The condition can appear as an aggravated nerve, sprained joint, pulled muscle, or more. Inflammation is when a wound or injury becomes red, warm, and painful, and is essentially your body trying to protect you from an irritant. It can be worrying – especially when it lasts for a prolonged time – and can prevent you from doing routine tasks.

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Recipe: Herbed Salmon Baked with Zucchini

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Zucchini’s at peak season, and it complements fish beautifully. For light summer fare, try this herby salmon and zucchini dish. It bakes in one pan, and needs only good bread and a salad ( like our Maimonides salad ) to round the meal out. And it takes 20 minutes max in the oven. Herbed Salmon and Zucchini. Yield: 4 servings. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 16-20 minutes. Ingredients: 4 zucchini, any color, chopped thickly. 2 tablespoons olive oil.

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A Stick! A Bird! A Tree!–Books on Nature for Parents & Kids

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“A stick! A stick!” ” With the pure energy of an almost two-year-old freed from weeks of isolation, my granddaughter was running across an empty field, proudly holding a newly discovered stick. It is one of my most ‘liked’ videos on social media (though, sadly, not taken by me) because–a stick! Who has not delighted in a stick?

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