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Serbia celebrates eared visitors

Ear for the winter: more than 30,000 long-eared owls visit Serbia outside the breeding season

Ear for the winter: more than 30,000 long-eared owls visit Serbia outside the breeding season

SERBIAN TOWN, which claims to have the world’s largest gathering of long-eared owls (Asio otus), has launched a logo design competition to celebrate the owls.

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Attempting mission impossible

Photographer Edwin Kats was highly commended for this clever photograph of a bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus)

Photographer Edwin Kats was highly commended for this clever photograph of a bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus)

 

“BEARDED TITS ARE very acrobatic birds, but this pose amazed me,” said Dutch wildlife photographer Edwin Kats. His photograph, Mission Impossible, was highly commended in the annual European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition, which is run by the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT).

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Why backwards is the new forwards

Five captive Anna’s hummingbirds were studied and it was found that it took as much exertion for them to fl y forwards as it did for them to fl y backwards

IT’S JUST AS easy for a hummingbird to fly backwards as forwards, say scientists in California, USA. Dr Nir Sapir’s curiosity about the efficiency of hummingbird reversing efficiency was spiked while watching the birds feed in his garden. He said: “I actually saw it happening in a feeder on my balcony. Many hummingbirds were using it and they all were flying backwards. It puzzled me that we know almost nothing about this flight style.”

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Bronze barn owl joins Hawk Trust

Larger than life: the barn owl sculpture on its exceptionally solid plinth

Photo: Hawk Conservancy Trust

A GIANT BRONZE sculpture of a barn o wl has gone on display at the Hawk Conservancy Trust (HCT) in Hampshire. The huge work of art – which is more than 3m (10ft) high and weighs three-quarters of a ton – was created by world-famous artist Geoffrey Dashwood, who specialises in monumental metal sculptures of birds

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Breeding success for tricky bishops

One of the adult yellowcrowned bishops at Newquay Zoo

NEWQUAY ZOO IN Cornwall has successfully bred yellow-crowned (or golden) bishops (Euplectes afer) for the first time in its new African Wetlands Aviary. Opened earlier this year, the new aviary also contains superb starlings (Lamprotornis superbus), blacksmith plovers (Vanellus armatus) and yellow-mantled widow birds (E. macroura).

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